Pancakes are a favorite around here so I am always looking for new ways to top them to make them different. Since we are always looking for REAL food options, we use maple syrup or natural peanut butter for a typical topping. But sometimes I like a warm fruit topping like caramelized bananas, homemade blueberry syrup, or stewed cinnamon and sugar apples. Here’s another yummy topping that is perfect for the winter season.
If you like my recipe for Stewed Cinnamon Sugar Apples you are going to love this one! I used pears instead of apples. Why? Well since I’ve been doing the REAL Food on a Food Stamp Budget I’ve been looking for ways to cut the cost of the typical grocery budget. My kids LOVE apples but apples are on the dirty dozen list. That means, when I buy apples I ALWAYS buy organic. But organic apples are pricey. While I don’t want to keep them from having fruit, I started thinking about alternatives that would be more affordable. Immediately pears came to mind. Similar in shape and texture, but pears are not on the dirty dozen list. My kids love pears too so this was an easy swap. That also got me to thinking about how they might cook up in place of our usual stewed apples. That turned out to be a win as well. The one major difference is that pears are a bit softer, so use a not so ripe pear for cooking and cook them a little less than you would apples to keep them from turning mushy.
:: Brown Sugar and Pear Topping
2 Tbsp of butter
3-4 pears, peeled, cored, & diced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon OR 1/2 tsp ginger
Place butter in a saute pan. Once the butter is melted, place the pears, brown sugar, and cinnamon or ginger in the pan. Cook over medium heat until pears are soft. You’ll need to stir it periodically to keep it from scorching. That’s it! So easy!!