Food steamer/rice cooker OR steamer basket over simmering water
Ice cube trays
To cook: Slice pears in half and steam for about 15 minutes, or until fork tender and skins start to wrinkle. Let pears cool to touch. Pears should be soft enough to pull stem and seeds out easily. Then scoop flesh from skin with spoon. Place pear flesh, berries and cinnamon (if using) in a blender and blend until desired consistency.
To freeze: Transfer to ice cube trays, cover in plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen solid, remove cubes from tray and place in a labeled freezer bag.
To thaw: Set cube out on counter to thaw until soft, or put in microwave for 20–30 seconds. Make sure to check for hot spots when microwaving frozen cubes.
Recipe by Ashley Saylor