Friday, September 17, 2010

Baby Food Week: Baked Pears

Pears are by far my favorite baby food fruit and Makenzie's favorite all around. The taste of jarred pears does not even come close to the amazing taste of fresh baked pears. Yum!

If you have ripe pears and your baby does not have any tummy issues, you do not have to bake the pears. You would simply peel and deseed the pear and then puree it using your favorite method. I haven't tried this and although I think Makenzie's tummy would now handle it, baking the pears brings out so much flavor that I will probably serve these to her more frequently than fresh pears.

Okay, so how to bake and puree pears.

First you will peel the fruit. I have found that this is best done with a knife rather than a potato peeler.

Cut the pears in half and cut out the core, using a paring knife.

Place the pears on a non-stick baking sheet.
(note: The Wholesome Baby Food Website says to grease the baking sheet with olive oil. I didn't do this step because I am trying to make the fruit as pure as possible. The non-stick baking sheet worked well, there were a few darkened edges but I just trimmed them off after they were finished baking)

Bake for 10 - 20 minutes. When the pears are done, a fork will sort of melt right through them.

Place pears in a blender or food processor and puree. They are so yummy you may want to eat them yourself!

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