This easy crockpot pear applesauce with ginger 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.
Crockpot Pear Applesauce Recipe with Ginger
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.
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.
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.
Place all of the apple and pear pieces in a large bowl and stir in sugar, ground cinnamon and grated ginger.
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.
Other recipes with pears:
Maple Pear Salad with Goat Cheese
Turkey, Brie, Pear & Cherry Chipotle Panini
Spiced Pear Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar & Oat Streusel
Crockpot Pear & Ginger Applesauce
- 5 medium-sized Gala apples peeled, cored, quartered, and sliced
- 5 medium-sized Bartlett pears cored, quartered, and sliced
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
- ¼ cup water or apple juice
- Place all of the apple and pear pieces in a large bowl and stir in sugar, ground cinnamon and grated ginger.
- 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.
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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!
Tried this recipe and loved it. So easy. Thanks!
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.. ♥
Dara (Cookin' Canuck)
Jess, I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for letting me know.
I can just imagine how fantastic this smells.
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!
Dara (Cookin' Canuck)
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.
Wonderful recipe, so quick and easy. So glad autumn is finally here! Apple Season.
Amy @ A Little Nosh
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!