Sep 19

Crockpot Pear & Ginger Applesauce Recipe


This easy pear and ginger applesauce takes very little effort when made in the slow cooker. It’s great when eaten on its own or as a condiment or ice cream topper.
Slow Cooker Pear and Ginger Applesauce Recipe | #crockpot

Slow Cooker Pear and Ginger Applesauce Recipe | #crockpot

There are times when it’s best not to mess with tradition. When it comes to our Family Crockpot Applesauce Recipe (care of my mother-in-law), that is typically a good rule to follow. My husband and his brother grew up begging their mum for another batch (and another) of her easy, homemade applesauce. Laced with cinnamon and a touch of sugar, it is a “must make” as soon as fall hits. So, why am I breaking tradition and changing the recipe? Well, it all has to do with the Charlie Brown pear tree in our backyard.

Garden Collage 1

If a tree can be inspiring, then this little pear tree would fit right at the top of that category. When we moved into our house 10 years ago, we were thrilled to find the pear tree in our side yard. We imagined that, over the years, it would grow to be a mainstay in our garden, providing shade on hot summer days and delighting us with springtime blossoms. In those 10 years, however, it grew no more than a couple of feet taller. But it didn’t know that. It acts like a tree that is 15 feet high and wide, producing a large crop of pears every year. As you can see in the photo above, the pears weigh down the tree, threatening to snap the very branches that hold them. My husband fashioned a support system and the tree does not seem deterred in the least. It is truly the little tree that could.

The pears are always good eaten straight, but we like to toss them into coffee cakes and crisps as well. This pear applesauce is livened up with a bit of grated gingerroot.

Garden Collage 2

The pear tree is only one of the reasons I enjoy spending time in our yard in the autumn. The rich oranges and yellows of dahlias and black-eyed Susans burst from the pots and beds as the leaves make their gradual change from green to gold. The picture below shows one of my favorite spots in the backyard, complete with a wooden wheelbarrow made by my father-in-law and pots planted by my mum.

Garden 5

The recipe:
Place all of the apple and pear pieces in a large bowl and stir in sugar, ground cinnamon and grated ginger.

Slow Cooker Pear and Ginger Applesauce Recipe | #crockpot

Pour water or apple juice into the bottom of a large crockpot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture.

Cover, turn the crockpot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours (or on High for 5 hours), stirring occasionally and breaking up the apple and pear slices with a wooden spoon as they soften.

Serve warm or room temperature.

Slow Cooker Pear and Ginger Applesauce Recipe | #crockpot

Other recipes with pears:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Turkey, Brie, Pear & Cherry Chipotle Panini
Cookin’ Canuck’s Spiced Pear Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar & Oat Streusel
A Spicy Perspective’s Broiled Pear & Prosciutto Toasts
The Novice Chef’s Vertical Pear Salad
Sweet Peas Kitchen’s Pear & Gorgonzola Cheese Turnovers

Crockpot Pear & Ginger Applesauce
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck.
Serves: Approximately 4 cups
  • 5 medium-sized Gala apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced
  • 5 medium-sized Bartlett pears, cored, quartered, and sliced
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup water or apple juice
  1. Place all of the apple and pear pieces in a large bowl and stir in sugar, ground cinnamon and grated ginger.
  2. Pour water or apple juice into the bottom of a large crockpot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture.
  3. Cover, turn the crockpot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours (or on High for 5 hours), stirring occasionally and breaking up the apple and pear slices with a wooden spoon as they soften.
  4. Serve warm or room temperature.

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1 d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo September 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I have loved making applesauce ever since I tried a rhubarb applesauce this summer ( I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make! I’ve never tried in the crockpot but I love the idea of trying this recipe out this fall!


2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

We love rhubarb, so I will definitely check out your recipe.


3 Jessica @ How Sweet September 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

love that you can do this in a crock pot!


4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Jessica, it makes it so easy to make!


5 Amanda September 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Your yard is wonderful… all that color and texture!!


6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Thanks, Amanda. All of the credit goes to my husband. I just get to enjoy it!


7 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

This one is definitely calling my name!


8 Belinda @zomppa September 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for sharing this family recipe! Love the combination – we really are entering my favorite season!


9 Bev Weidner September 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Oh my gosh, I could practice my backstroke through that applesauce.


10 Donna September 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Warm cinnamon-y applesauce just screams out “Fall” to me! Yours looks yummy.


11 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) September 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

My grandparents had a pear tree in their tiny back yard in Brooklyn, NYC, and when I was growing up my grandmother made pear sauce. Since then, I’ve always liked it better than apple sauce. But I’ve never made it in a slow cooker! I’m going to try that, thanks to your recipe.


12 Helen @ Helen's Cooking September 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Love this recipe, it’s the recipe straight from the heart, the combination of flavors is amazing! Thank you! will definitely try over the weekend!


13 Wenderly September 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Mmmmmmm, I can just smell “autumn” in this gorgeous recipe! Bet it makes the house smells divine too!


14 The Newlywed Chefs September 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I bet the ginger really makes this dish fragrant! Can’t wait to try it!


15 Curt September 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

That looks so good. I could use that for ice cream topping!


16 Kathy - Panini Happy September 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

What an absolutely idyllic yard you have! I can’t wait to have these wonderful aromas slow-cooking in my kitchen. :-)


17 Katrina September 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

This sounds perfect for fall. Yum!


18 Jeanette September 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Oh I wish I had a pear tree or any fruit tree in my backyard – you are so lucky! Love the idea of making applesauce in the crockpot!


19 Deborah September 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Your yard is gorgeous, and so is this applesauce!! I love this change up to the “normal” applesauce.


20 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray September 20, 2011 at 7:06 am

Insanely jealous of your pear tree, how fun! This looks like a great way to switch up plain ol’ applesauce. Love the addition of ginger.


21 Pretend Chef September 20, 2011 at 7:28 am

Your yard is so beautiful. I could spend hours out there. This applesauce sounds amazing.


22 Lisa {With Style and Grace} September 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

That’s it, I’m breaking in my crock-pot with this recipe, sounds amazing!!


23 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes September 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

Sounds like a great addition to your family applesauce recipe. My family loves your recipe too.


24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Thank you, Barbara. It was fun to make a variation on our usual favorite.


25 Shirley @ gfe September 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Sweet post, Dara, and this recipe looks lovely! I love that it’s made in the crockpot and that it’s naturally gluten free. Will share with my gfe readers right away! We have pear trees on our mountain property, but there are no pears this year, so a late frost must have been the culprit. We–and the deer!–are sad about that. 😉



26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Thanks so much, Shirley. I’m thrilled that this recipe will be a good option for those following a GF diet.


27 Katelyn Weissinger Sherman September 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Ooooooh. I bet this would be so good swirled into some oatmeal on a chilly morning.

Have you ever tried canning it? Would love the instructions if you have.


28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Katelyn, I’d imagine it would can really well – I know that it freezes well! Unfortunately, I am not someone who has done much canning (okay, I haven’t done any canning), so I’m not going to be much help here. You might want to do a Google search.


29 Clinton September 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Homemade apple sauce is delicious with salt and pepper pork chops. Fall is such a wonderful time of year.


30 Liz September 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Look at your beautiful pears!!! I adore homemade applesauce…and the additions of pear and ginger just make it more fabulous~


31 Brooks at Cakewalker September 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Dara, what a stupendous treat using homegrown ingredients! I’ve had fruit bearing trees similar to your Charlie Brown one…but with the gorgeous view of your backyard, I’d be inspired and productive if I were a Charlie Brown tree too!


32 a spoonful of yumm September 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm

i like this recipe….simple and yummy !


33 Barbara | Creative Culinary September 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I just love the story of the little tree that could. The wheelbarrow is mighty cute too!


34 Nancy@acommunaltable September 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Well, it may not feel like autumn here but according to my calendar it is – and this is going to top my list of fall dishes to make!! Unfortunately I don’t have a gorgeous pear tree to provide me with pears – fortunately our farmer’s market is starting to get some beauties!!


35 Cooking Creation September 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I must try this! I bet it tastes amazing!


36 Monet September 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I can’t wait to make this. Fall in a bowl! Thank you for making me drool (I’m certainly going to need a midnight snack now!) I hope your week is starting off well. Many blessings from Austin. Hugs and love!


37 Sukaina September 21, 2011 at 4:03 am

Wow Dara, you are lucky indeed to have a pear tree in your garden, no matter the size! I have never made an appesauce with pear in it although it seems so natural to do so. Thanks.


38 Mark September 21, 2011 at 7:43 am

Pears and apples really do go good together. If I have them, I always use both when I make apple sauce. It makes a great light dessert topped with cinnamon whipped cream ( ).


39 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme September 21, 2011 at 8:15 am

Love your little “Charlie Brown” pear tree! And love this recipe. That combination of flavors just shouts “fall” doesn’t it?


40 sippitysup September 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

This could help me get over my fear of crockpots. It’s not so much a fear of using one as it is a fear of sounding like a crackpot when I say the word crockpot! GREG


41 Denise @ Creative Kitchen September 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

There is that gorgeous yard again!! :)


42 Maria September 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Homemade applesauce is the only way to go!


43 Marla September 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

For some reason I understand the plight of your teeny tiny pear tree 😉 How lucky you are to have such a gem in your back yard. Thanks for the great applesauce recipe. We always have a batch of some like this in the fridge. Will try your pear/ginger combo next!


44 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} September 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

This looks great! And what a cute tree, small but mighty!


45 Jen at The Three Little Piglets September 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I have never thought to try a fruit crisp in the crock pot! Definitely filing that one away for future use…


46 megan @ whatmegansmaking September 22, 2011 at 8:01 am

love this different version of applesauce! And I love that it’s in a crockpot. I plan on making a few batches of applesauce this fall – and this one is now included :)


47 Amy @ A Little Nosh September 24, 2011 at 5:14 am

Yum! I love homemade applesauce and this is an interesting twist on the original. That pear tree is adorable! Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh!


48 Jon Melendez September 26, 2011 at 8:38 am

Wonderful recipe, so quick and easy. So glad autumn is finally here! Apple Season.


49 Samantha KT September 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

I made this on the weekend and I can’t begin to tell you how fabulous this applesauce is! The aroma in my kitchen was divine and my husband loves it! Great recipe!


50 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

Samantha, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It really does make the kitchen taste great. If you make extra batches, the applesauce also freezes really well.


51 Shaina September 28, 2011 at 8:33 am

I can just imagine how fantastic this smells.


52 juniakk @ mis pensamientos October 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

i love the applesauce here with such great flavors – pear and ginger! thanks for submitting this recipe to our #applelove bloghop. unfortunately, it is only for recipe posts made in the month of october. feel free to submit a new one for this month! have a great day!


53 Jess October 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I just made your Crockpot Pear & Ginger Applesauce Recipe.. So good! I had it with my Pork chops.. OMG!! Everyone was happy at supper tonight.. I just had to let you know how wonderful the applesauce was. Thank you for posting it.. ♥


54 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) October 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Jess, I’m so glad you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for letting me know.


55 Rachel October 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Tried this recipe and loved it. So easy. Thanks!


56 Bonnie Banters October 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

My brother has pear trees (among other fruit trees), and I’m going to pass this recipe along to him as I feel he’ll be delighted to have a nice way to use them! Thanks!


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