Chai Pear Carrot Sauce Parfaits

by Marla on October 17, 2011 · 65 comments

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Recently I bought a whole bunch of juicy pears. I also had a bunch of carrots. *boom* Sparks started flying and instead of my usual homemade applesauce I decided to combine ripe green D’anjou pears with a few carrots. I have to tell you that the combination with some chai spices is irresistible.

Your house will smell amazing as pear & carrot combine with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and a dash of black pepper

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For me I only like to eat pears out of hand when they are just ripe. Not too ripe. I enjoy some crispness and snap to each bite.

As soon as pears ripen they need to be eaten rather quickly. They get brown and squishy fast, if you see this happening make some pear sauce quick! Just chop ‘em up, put them in a pan and heat for about 25 minutes. Purée and you are done. Add some spices if you wish.

The carrots are a playful & well worth it twist.

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Carrots might sound a bit unusual to add to your pear sauce, but don’t over think it. Just do it.

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The color of this pear-carrot sauce stunning! Dreamy jewel like. The carrot taste is subtle and just right. The pear comes through more and the carrot accents that.

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Other than by itself or in parfaits I love to bake with pear sauce. Check out this Pear Spice Cake with Toasted Walnuts recipe I created last fall. I must bake one up again asap.

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Take a look at how different these pears look at the same time of day with different angles. That color and light play always amazes me. Here we have the fruit backlit. They appear a lot more yellow than green.

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Where they look their true green color they are shot more from the side. Amazing the different moods that are created just by moving your body around the subject.

The bright green of the crunchy pistachios is fun against the orange and white of the parfaits.

If you are not vegan thick greek yogurt is a nice protein boost. If you don’t do dairy how about some soy yogurt? This sauce would also make great baby food. No pistachios for the babies though OK?!

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See the brown swirl? That is black strap molasses. This unrefined sweetener has a very distinct flavor and can be found in recipes like gingerbread and baked beans. It tastes amazing in these parfaits. A little goes a long way when it comes to the flavor of molasses.

It is not cloying sweet…just sweet enough.

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Do you make homemade fruit sauces? I have lots of applesauce recipes you can cook up. Another one that is orange in color and out of this world is my Pumpkin Vanilla Applesauce. You can see those in my apples category on my recipe page.

Have you ever made or tasted pear sauce? What spices do you like to add? Do you ever bake with fruit sauce?

Chai Carrot Pear Sauce Parfaits

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 28 ounces or 3 1/2 cups

Serving Size: about 8 servings

Chai Carrot Pear Sauce Parfaits

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe Pears, cut into chunky pieces (I like D'Anjou and Bartlett)
  • 1 cup chopped Carrots
  • 1/2 freshly squeezed Lemon Juice or 1 tablespoon
  • splash of Water
  • a few pinches of ground Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger - adjust to taste
  • a pinch of fine Sea Salt
  • natural Sweetener if desired (my pears were ripe enough no sweetener was needed)
  • 4-6 ounces of thick Greek yogurt per serving

Method

  • Put fruit and carrots in a medium sauce pan with a splash of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, add the seasonings and salt, partially cover. Simmer about 25-30 minutes until the pears and carrots are softened. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and carefully purée in a blender until smooth. Adjust any spices to taste. Make some yogurt parfaits or enjoy as is.
  • Notes
  • Adjust your pear-carrot ratio according to what flavor you would like more pronounced.
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{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 17, 2011 at 6:54 am

What a great combination. And beautiful photos!

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2 Molly Chester October 17, 2011 at 6:57 am

Yum! You have a lucky family of taste-testers. This looks divine…

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3 Allison October 17, 2011 at 7:00 am

Yum! This sounds great and I was just getting ready to puree a batch of carrots tonight for my little guy. I have Pears ripening too so perfect timing!

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4 jenna October 17, 2011 at 7:08 am

this looks like heaven in a jar! pears are the best.

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5 Kathryn October 17, 2011 at 7:09 am

What an interesting combination of flavours, I would never have thought of putting pear and carrot together! It looks beautiful though and I love the colour.

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6 Maria October 17, 2011 at 7:12 am

Great parfaits for fall!

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7 SweetSugarBelle October 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

Sounds WONDERFUL to me!!!

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8 Manding October 17, 2011 at 7:27 am

this looks perfectly fall. love the jar.

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9 Natalie @ Perrys' Plate October 17, 2011 at 7:49 am

What a creative combination! Beautiful photos, too. Thanks for linking up to my ice cream post! :)

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10 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 17, 2011 at 8:16 am

Gorgeous! These look so delicious!

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11 HeatherChristo October 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

This is so creative Marla! The colors in these photos are just gorgeous!

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12 Katrina October 17, 2011 at 9:03 am

This dessert sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to get my hands on some pears!

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13 Lucy October 17, 2011 at 9:32 am

Love baking with apple sauce to keep things light and moist – this would be a great substitution – love the sweetness and orange of carrots.

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14 Andrea DiGeronimo October 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

You are getting so innovative and cutting edge with your food combinations and recipes. Your photography and styling has been a true gift of genius even from the beginning. Truly a professional.

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15 Jeanette October 17, 2011 at 10:28 am

What a neat idea – carrot and pear. Love the spices too.

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16 jennifer @ peanut butter and peppers October 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

Wow, now thats creative! Who woul dof thought carrot and pears! I may give this a try!! Thanks!

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17 aida mollenkamp October 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

What an intriguing flavor combination, Marla! I like the way you’ve combined two familiar fall flavors in a new way.

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18 Natalie October 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

This looks so amazing! I can only imagine how good this smells and tastes!

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19 Amanda October 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

Marla… everytime I come here I am just blown away by your talent! Your pictures tell the most beautiful story. Great job!

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20 Jamie | My Baking Addiction October 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm

What a delicious idea – your photos are simply beautiful!

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21 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Marla, just gorgeous! Like something out of a magazine! Both the photography, the recipe, the food styling!! love the glass jars…and natural elements you brought into the pics…spectacular :)

Hope the mountains have been good to you!

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22 Marla October 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

Averie, the mountains were inspiring & amazing. Must get back there soon!

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23 Rosa October 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

A delightful creation! That sauce sounds amazing.

Cheers,

Rosa

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24 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Love the carrots and pears together! What a great idea.

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25 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit October 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

So weird. I unknowingly made pear sauce for my breakfast for tomorrow morning without even knowing it or looking at your recipe! So odd. They are so similar! Can’t wait to try it. I mixed it in with chia seeds for a thick and delicious chia pudding!

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26 Marla October 18, 2011 at 5:32 am

Leanne, the chia seeds are such a great idea! A nice way to thicken & great a vegan energy boost :)

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27 Georgia Pellegrini October 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Oh my gosh, this might be my favorite recipe yet from you girl. It looks so delicate and natural tasting and… oh wow. I want to make this.

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28 Marla October 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

Georgia, such sweet words. Thanks girl! Coming from you that means so much. You have such a refined palate & great taste. Delicate & natural – that is certainly what this sauce is :)

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29 Cara October 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Marla, I’m so intrigued by the beautiful colors and flavors you’ve thrown together here. The chai spices are so perfect here!

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30 Cristi @ BentOnBetterLunches October 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Sounds amazing!

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31 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I love the color. Never thought of putting pear and carrot together. Sounds delish!

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32 bhavani/ameanderingmango October 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

What an interesting combination – I’m all about using vegetables in sweet dishes. I will have to keep this idea in mind next time I make a fruit sauce. Thanks!

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33 Marla October 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

I know, veggies in sweet dishes add such a great dimension of flavor + another serving of veggies. Great in every way!

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34 Roxana GreenGirl October 18, 2011 at 4:54 am

What a great fall combo. I love pears and pairing them with sweet carrots sounds really really good! Thanks for sharing Marla!

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35 Amy October 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

These not only sound yummy but are beautiful too!

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36 Jersey Girl Cooks October 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

Love the colors and this combination. I would have never thought to pair carrots with pears but it is a great idea!

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37 Faith October 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

Your pear-carrot sauce is a brilliant twist on applesauce, Marla! Love that pretty shade of orange and the crunch from pistachio on top!

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38 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet October 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

HOLY FRIJOLES Marla! This looks like a super fantastic recipe. I am pinning for future! I have tons of carrots still in my garden that are screaming to be used. Just gorgeous! Come to Eastern WA and show me how to get pics that gorgeous. Pretty please? :) Happy Tuesday!!

xoxo
Heather

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39 Marla October 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

Hi Heather! I would love to come visit you there. We would have a blast taking photos, plus I bet the fall colors are stunning right now. Lucky you to have all those home grown carrots :)

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40 carolinaheartstrings October 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

What a winning combination. I know it was just delicious. Come visit. We have a terrific pumpkin panna cotta this week.

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41 Mari's Cakes October 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Excellent and yummy recipe! I love the jar you used for presentation. With soy yogurt would be OK for me too. Thanks you for this remarkable pear sauce recipe.

Have a great week :)

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42 Marla October 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Thanks Mari. I can’t get enough of those little Ball jars. Love that I can bake in them too!

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43 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

This sounds and looks fabulous. Hope you’re having a great week

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44 Lora @cakeduchess October 18, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I love black strap molasses. These parfaits are so pretty and the flavor combination is perfect for fall. Your photos are so pretty, Marla. I love the one with the cup and the pistachios tumbling out. gorgeous. xx

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45 Marla October 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Lora! I had gobs of fun with this sunny photo shoot. Glad you like the clicks. Lots of pistachios being used over here lately. I will also be using the molasses a whole lot more. xo

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46 Jeff October 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness…. that is everything my mouth has been crying out for lately. And beautiful photography! I love it!

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47 Terris October 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I’ll bet these taste just as lovely as they look! Gorgeous photos and the flavors definitely put me in the mood for fall.

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48 Kitchen Belleicious October 19, 2011 at 5:13 am

Now how cool is this? Seriously, I love the cute little jars you put it in and how colorful it is. I love chai much less paired with pear and carrots! YUM! Awesomely yum ( yes I realize that is not a word! :))

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49 Baker Street October 19, 2011 at 5:13 am

Great combination and a yummilicious idea! and gorgeous gorgeous clicks M! :)

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50 JulieD October 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

I love this, Marla! It looks so beautiful…your photographs are always so gorgeous!

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51 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Delicious ingredients makes for perfect fall comfort food. Those parfaits definitely is a must try. Your food photography always leaves me drooling, Marla :D

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52 Courtney October 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

These looks so delicious, perfect for the fall weather :)

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53 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Oh momma, that looks so amazing Marla! And your photos in this post are unreal. I think everything should be served in little jars. ;)

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54 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} October 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Beautiful, Marla! The flavor combination sounds surprisingly good!

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55 michelle October 21, 2011 at 6:21 am

sounds awesome!!!!

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56 Rosie @ Sweetapolita October 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

This recipe is absolutely gorgeous and unique, Marla. Your photos are stunning as well! Thanks so much for the mention :)

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57 Shawnda October 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The flavor combo sounds very fall – and very dreamy.

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58 bridget {bake at 350} October 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Oh wow….the flavors you chose….I love it! I bet this is delicious!

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59 Kevin (Closet Cooking) October 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Those are looking so cool and refreshing and good!

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60 Amandie October 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

Oh my, these are so good! I took a bite and literally started singing (after I swallowed–otherwise that would have been gross). Wow, this recipe is totally a keeper!!

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61 Sneh | Cook Republic February 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Followed here via Indian Simmer. Love, love the photos and the sauce recipe. Bookmarking!! Thanks!

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62 Linda Fair March 26, 2012 at 7:15 am

I found the pear carrot sauce recipe and can’t wait to try it. You asked if anyone had made pear sauce before, so I thought I would share my recipe which I serve with ginger bread and whipped cream for Christmas:
Pear Sauce

Peel, core and quarter pears. Place in pan with sugar and water and cook over low heat, covered, until pears are very tender–about 30 minutes. Mash well or whirl in food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Serve warm or chilled over gingerbread with whipped cream and grated nutmeg.
8 winter (anjou) pears
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/8 tsp salt
1Tblsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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63 lizzie April 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

do you peel the pears?

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64 Marla April 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Hi Lizzie, most of the time when I cook with fruit I do not peel it. Including in this recipe :)

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