Place all ingredients in large saucepan and mix to combine. Place pan over medium-high heat and cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low to simmer.
Simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until fruit is tender; stir occasionally.
Remove from heat, cool slightly then mash with fork, potato masher, or pastry blender. Store covered in refrigerator.
*NOTE: I used 1 cup apple cider, 3/4 cup water, and 1/4 cup orange juice. You can use a wide range of liquid and any combination such as water, fruit juice (apple juice, cider, orange/lime/lemon juice, etc.) or even add a little bit of your favorite liqueur for a grownup version. Start with 1 1/2 cups liquid and add more at end if needed for desired consistency.SNAPPY TIPS: Freeze this sauce in small resealable bags to use in future baking. The apples/pears I used were really sweet a long with the cider, so I did not add any additional sugar. If your apples/pears are on the tart side you may want to add a little granulated or brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or other sweetener.SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: If you’re unsure about cardamom you can substitute cinnamon or other spices such as an apple pie spice, nutmeg, cloves, etc.
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