Pear Sauce

This lovely sauce is amazing on top of freshly-baked scones, or enjoyed with your morning oatmeal.

Ingredients:
4-6 D’Anjou pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:
1. Combine pears, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pears have softened, about 20 minutes.

2. Use an immersion blender to process the pear sauce until smooth. If you prefer a chunkier sauce, mash with a potato masher. (You can also transfer the cooked pear mixture to a food processor or blender to process, just make sure the pear sauce has cooled down first.)

3. Once the pear sauce has cooled down, pour into glass or plastic containers. Cover and store in the refrigerator, sauce will keep in the fridge for one week.

A Taste of Germany Recipes

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This week’s box stars the hearty, robust flavors of Bavaria, with classic, all-natural bratwurst complemented by locally-crafted black truffle mustard and housemade sauerkraut, plus seasonal produce like buttery potatoes and red cabbage to help craft our favorite German side dishes (see recipes for details!). Fresh pumpernickel bread, a crisp Pinot Gris and blueberry jam round out this truly-satisfying lineup.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Bratwurst with Braised Sauerkraut & Potatoes
This inviting main dish is incredibly flavorful, simmered with luscious sauerkraut and boiled potatoes.

German Potato Salad
Seasoned with fresh chives, green garlic and crispy bacon, this traditional side dish is best served warm.

Sweet Red Cabbage Slaw
Crafted with fresh cabbage, this sweet-and-sour slaw is a true German classic.

Braised Root Vegetables & Cabbage with Fruit
This ingenious recipe from Food & Wine boasts extra flavor thanks to the addition of apples and pears.

Butter-Braised Carrots with Thyme
Braised in sweet butter and tossed with garlic and thyme, these carrots are truly sublime.

Pear Sauce
Lend a fresh touch to this week’s Bavarian fare by serving this lovely sauce alongside.

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