02 Jan Baby Food Recipe: Rosemary-Roasted Pears
Well, that’s a tough question to answer! I won’t claim that recipes are like children (that’s a bit much), but I truly feel affection for each of the recipes in my books or I wouldn’t have included them.
That said, there ARE a few that rise to the top, the recipes I continue to make for my family, or the ones I find myself craving.
This is one of them. These Rosemary-Roasted Pears from Real Baby Food are simple, but delicious. Mashed and mixed with almond butter they make for a super-nutritious puree for baby. Kept whole, they are ideal for baby-led feeding. And either way, they’re scrumptious for non-babies (ahem) too. I like the spread on a sandwich, stirred into oatmeal, or just eaten with a spoon.
Give your baby a head start on sophisticated flavors with this delicious twist on basic applesauce.
4 ripe (but not squishy) Bartlett pears (about 2 lbs)
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons almond butter
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Peel and core the pears; slice each into 8 wedges. Toss the pears with the olive oil. Spread them out on the baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes or until tender and lightly golden brown. Cool slightly.
3. Transfer the pears to a medium bowl. Mash the pears with a fork until you get the desired consistency for your baby. Stir in the rosemary and almond butter.
MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS
Excerpted from Real Baby Food. © Copyright 2015 by Jenna Helwig. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Photo by Lauren Volo.