Puréed pear is a fantastic first food to offer your baby, and is actually the first food both my babies had on their weaning journeys. I chose pear because it’s low in allergens and very gentle on the stomach. In fact, it’s one of the very few foods we allow as dietitians when we are doing elimination diets for people with serious digestive discomfort.
If you’ve been here a while, you’ll know I love to spice up babies’ food. Part of their weaning journey is the sensory experience and introducing your baby to a world of flavour will set them up for a lifelong love of food.
I’ve used nutmeg and cinnamon in this recipe, both are fragrant aromatic spices that go really well with pear and when warmed give off a welcoming warming fragrance….a bit like Christmas!!
You’ll probably use any leftovers for your own porridge topper but if you do end up with spare, it can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days or in the freezer for 3 months. Fill up your weaning pots to the brim and cover to prevent freezer burn and make sure they are placed in the fridge or freezer within 2 hours of cooking.
- 1 large pear
- 10 ml water
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- Peel and dice the pear.
- Add to a microwave safe bowl with 10 ml water to create steam.
- Cover and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes
- Drain any excess water and add the nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Puree with a hand blender until smooth.
- Transfer a portion of the puree to a serving bowl and serve your baby.
With thanks to Maria Pavlidou for her help in designing this recipe.