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Chunky Northwest Pear and California Fig Sauce

Cheese boards or sandwiches benefit from this chunky fig and pear sauce. Or, try serving a side of this pear sauce with chicken or pork for an easy garnish.
Course: Cheese Plates, Holidays
Keyword: Fig and Pear, Pear Sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 157kcal


  • 2 lbs Bosc Pears or Northwest d'Anjou (or combination), firm, ripe
  • 9 ounces Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or white wine (savory variation only)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar or honey


  • Peel and core pears; cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Remove stems and cut figs into 1/2-inch pieces. Combine pears, figs, juice and salt in large, heavy saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 to 35 minutes or until fruit is tender but still holds its shape; stir occasionally. Stir in brown sugar and flavoring, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Flavoring: Classic Cinnamon-Clove: Stir in 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. -Ginger - Five Spice: Stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger and 1/8 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice Seasoning (optional). -Savory White Wine and Thyme: Use white wine instead of juice. Sauté 1/4 cup chopped shallots in 1 tablespoon butter until soft. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon dry thyme leaves.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 17.7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.5mg