After getting our fill of berries — and trust me, I don’t think I can ever really get enough, the sight of apples and pears is a delicious one this time of year. When my daughter started eating solids, she had the great luck of it coinciding with the fall harvest. Apples and pears abound, and they’re gentle on little tummies just learning to digest foods beyond breastmilk and formula. Now at two years old, they are still among her favorite fruits.
Making homemade babyfood is a wonderful way to capture those fresh, just-picked flavors. There are lots of fancy gadgets and specialty baby food mills on the market, but all you really need is probably already sitting on your kitchen counter: a food processor. In about 10 minutes, baby will be ready to enjoy homemade apple and pear purees. As she gets older, you can adjust the puree to a chunkier consistency. And once you’re ready to start expanding her taste horizons, you can jazz them up with a dash of cinnamon and cloves.
Pure Pear Puree
You can use this same recipe to make a pure apple puree by substituting an equal amount of apples for the pears.
makes about one cup
1 cup peeled & diced pears (approximately one small whole piece of fruit)
¼ cup water