roasted pear & vanilla {for baby stage 2}

1 | May 20, 2010

This is one you will want to double up on. If pears are popular in your house as they are in mine it will go fast! For example I thought I made enough yesterday to last a couple of weeks and when I turned around half of it was gone. This is also a great topping for french toast and ice cream. (As I’m writing this I keep hearing my father-in-law saying, “warm that up with a little brandy, pour it on some homemade ice-cream and that’s all you’ll ever need!”–for the adults only of course…I’m just saying)

Roasted Pear and Vanilla Bean Puree {stage 2 for baby 8 months+}

  • 3 pears, organic if possible, pears are on the “dirty dozen list” of foods to by organic
  • 1 vanilla bean*
  • pinch of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400°.

Slice pears in half and core.

Lay pears face down in a baking dish. Place in oven and roast 20 minutes or until skin is golden and pears are tender.

While the pears are roasting slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Open the split bean to reveal the seeds. With the edge of a knife scrape the seeds out. Set aside.

After the pears have roasted and cooled, peel and discard skin. Place the roasted pears in a food processor or a blender. Add the vanilla seeds and a pinch of cinnamon to the pears in the food processor. Puree until blended and  smooth. Serve!

The recipes we use are large enough to freeze in ice-cube trays for future use. This recipe will make one ice-cube tray full. To freeze, spoon puree in an  ice-cube tray and cover with plastic wrap. Place in freezer and once frozen store in a freezer bag. Each cube is 1 ounce. Will keep for 3 months in freezer.

If using immediately this will store in refrigerator in an air tight container for 3 days. Enjoy!

*Use vanilla bean instead of extract. Since the vanilla is not being cooked you don’t have to worry about the alcohol in vanilla extract.

Your Baby and Spices

One of the greatest sources for nutritional and educational information about making your own baby food is from the website this is an excerpt form an article about spices and herbs in baby food and I couldn’t say it better myself:

When Can I Add Spices to Baby’s Food? A majority of pediatricians will recommend waiting until an infant is 8 months or older to introduce spices and herbs. This recommendation often has more to do with staving off digestive upsets than it does with possible allergic reactions. If your baby is doing well with foods and does not seem to have any digestive upsets, then jump right in with spices! Like any other new food, please follow the “4 day wait rule” when introducing spices and herbs. As always, please discuss the introduction and use of herbs and spices with your baby’s pediatrician. Don’t forget, if you are a breastfeeding Mom, your little one is already tasting herbs and spices. Herb and spice flavors are transferred through breast milk, helping create and develop a taste for non-bland foods.


  • Sara B

    I made a very similar dish for our youngest baby and it was his favorite! (I left the peels on)

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