Pear-Ginger Applesauce

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 cups

Try something new alongside roast pork or chicken, or with yogurt, ice cream, pound cake, or oatmeal.


  • 2 pounds apples, such as McIntosh, Gala, and Braeburn

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 pounds pears, peeled, cored, and sliced

  • 1 ½ tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger

  • 3 tablespoons dark-brown sugar (optional)


  1. Peel, core, and slice apples.

  2. In a large pot, bring apples, lemon juice, pears, ginger, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are very soft and falling apart, 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Mash with a potato masher or pulse in a food processor until smooth with small chunks remaining. (Add sugar, if using.)

  4. Let cool, then transfer applesauce to airtight containers.

Cook's Notes

Refrigerate applesauce up to 5 days, or freeze up to 2 months.

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