Old-Fashioned Apple and Pear Sauce

Fondation OLO | Recipe | Old-Fashioned Apple and Pear Sauce
the illustrated version
of this recipe
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 5
  • Cost per serving: $1.06
  • Storage: 4 days in the fridge. Can be frozen.
  • Kitchen tools: Measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, sharp knife, vegetable peeler or small sharp knife, large pot, wooden spoon, potato masher.
  • This original recipe was developed by Extenso—the Université de Montréal reference centre on human nutrition.


  • 125 ml (½ cup) water
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) sugar (optional)
    For young children, it’s better not to add any sugar and give them a chance to discover the real taste of fruit.
  • 5 medium size apples, peeled and diced into small pieces
  • 4 medium size pears, ripe, peeled and diced into small pieces


1. In a large pot, combine the water and sugar.

2. Add the apples and the pears as they are being cut. Combine.

Tip: If you are not using any sugar, you can add a little lemon juice at this step to keep the fruit from turning brown.

3. Cook over medium-high heat to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook gently for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very soft (cooking time will vary depending on the variety you are using).

4. Once removed from the heat, mash the fruit with the potato masher until desired consistency.