Type: Main Dishes
A very ripe pear can be easily mashed with a fork, after the skin and seeds are removed, without steaming. This recipe will produce up to three cups of mildly sweet puree.
Serves: Makes about 2 1/2 cups
- 8 ripe pears
- For infants, peel and core the pears. The peel can be left on for toddlers. Cut the pears into quarters.
- Put the pears in a large pot with 1" water. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the pears are tender but not mushy. Ripe pears are naturally soft, so it is quite easy to overcook them.
- Uncover and let the pears cool slightly in the pot. In batches, puree the pears and a few tablespoons of the cooking water in a blender or food processor to a consistency appropriate for your child.
- Pour the pear puree into storage containers or ice cube trays. Let cool completely before refrigerating or freezing. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Pureed fruit is itself a wonderful ingredient. It's the easiest, freshest way to flavor oatmeal, rice cereal, yogurt, or soy or cow's milk.
Reprinted from The Baby Bistro Cookbook: Healthy, Delicious Cuisine for Babies, Toddlers, and You by Joohee Muromcew. Copyright © 2003 by Joohee Muromcew. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling (800) 848-4735 or visit their website at www.rodalestore.com.