Since it is now fall, I have been on a pie-baking kick the past few days. One pie that I have rarely heard of is pear pie. I couldn’t remember a time when I ever saw or ate a pie with pear in it. Pears are a delicious and if the perfect ripeness, super juicy fruit! This really got me thinking, so yesterday I pulled out the food processor and flour and got to work. I needed to know what pear pie tastes like!


Pears are actually really interesting because they date back to as early as 5,000 B.C. (What?! I would have never thought that something so yummy has been shared by people for thousands of years!) Pears first came to the United States during early colonial days but did not survive in the east coast climate. Luckily, pioneers brought pears to Oregon in the 1800s, where they thrived. With so many pears growing, they became a major part of West coast cooking. Pears have been used to elevate wines as well as savory dishes like seafood.


So in the next few weeks as the air gets cooler, try this pear pie at home and share it with someone you love! I would love to hear how your pie turns out or if you loved learning about pears, leave a comment below!

Juicy Pear Pie

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 7 pears, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp butter, cubed
  • egg wash for brushing on crust

For the crust

  • 2 1/2 cups of All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp ice water
  • 1 cup butter,unsalted

Directions

For the dough

  1. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour,salt and sugar to a food processer. Pulse 2 to 3 times until combined.
  2. Scatter butter cubes over the flour and process until a dough begins to form.
  3. Scrape the bowl and redistribute the mixture, add the remaining cup of flour. Pulse 4 to 5 times, the dough will looks broken up and sorta crumbly.
  4. Move the dough into a medium bowl and pour ice water over it. Start by using 4 tbsp,and add more as needed. Use a rubber spatula and press the dough into itself.This should make bigger clusters, if you pinch it together and it holds then you are done.
  5. Form dough into a ball, then cut the ball in half.Place the dough in plastic wrap, refrigerate for 1 hour before use.

For the filling

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix together the sugar,flour,and cinnamon.
  3. Toss the cubed pears in this mixture using a large mixing bowl. Be sure to coat the pears.
  4. Press pie dough into 9-inch pie dish, then fill with the pear mixture.
  5. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the pears,put the butter cubes on top as well.
  6. Place second pie crust over the filling(you can do this step however you'd like, i.e lattice top or cut slits.use the egg wash to help you seal the edges.
  7. Bake for 55-60 minutes, let cool before serving


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