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Pear Topping for Pancakes

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.

Pear and Brown Sugar and Pear Topping from WholesomeMommy.com

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.

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  1. Hi! I just received your month 2 email. Can your waffle recipes be used as pancakes or do I need to make a conversion?

    • Denisesawyer says:

      Yes, I think the recipe describes what to do… but it is the same except you need to thin it with about a cup more milk.

  2. One thing we really like on pancakes and waffles is a sweet white sauce. You just follow a regular white sauce recipe but you use sugar or other sweetening in it instead of savory ingredients. I so add some salt, but not like for a regular white sauce. It doesn’t take a lot of sweetening to sweeten it so is a lot better than syrup. For 2-3 cups of milk I use 1/4-1/3 cup sugar.

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