HOW TO MAKE A DELICIOUS PEAR PIE

Pear Pie...YUMMY!!

If you're lucky, it will stay together and not leak out all over the place
If you're lucky, it will stay together and not leak out all over the place

DELICIOUS PEAR PIE

I tried this on a self dare and I am so pleased with the results! i had never actually heard of pear pie but I suspected that creating one would be possible. Since I have a huge pear tree in my yard; an old tree that has a graft and so it bears several kinds of fruit, I decided to take a chance. Well, long story short; I've made several pies and now I have to join Weight Watchers!!!

So, here goes: Start with about a dozen pears if they're smaller, less if they are large. I use this many for a 9" deep dish pie. You'll need fewer pears if you're making a smaller pie.

First, peel the pears, core and cut into 6-7 lengthwise slices.

If the pears are really ripe, I strongly suggest 'baking them off' in the oven (of course!) in a covered deep pan with a steamer on the bottom to keep the pears from resting in their juices. The trick here is to bake them just enough so that they drip off most of the excess juices so you won't have a runny pie that does not "set." I bake the pears at 350 for 35 minutes, then heat it up to 425 for another 15 minutes. When you see about 1/2 " of juice at the bottom of the pan...you know you've drained most of the excess fluids...take the pan out and allow it to cool; remove the pears and continue to cool. (You can save the juice and make pear cider or mix in brown sugar and spices and thickening agent and heat up...pour over the pie or some other delicious delight!

If the pears are not ripe...they will have a consistency more like Pippin or Gravenstein apples (the ones I use for Apple pie), and will not need to be baked first.

Now, mix the pears with other ingredients...I use nutmeg, cinnamon, brown and white sugars, a dash of salt and white, unbleached flour for thickening.NUTMEG is a big ingredient..can't say enough about it. I am going to guess at the amounts of these ingredients but, I avoid measuring because that means more clean up so...let the baker beware!

PEARS - 8-12 depending on size of pears and of pie.

SUGAR - 1/2 amount each...white and brown equalling about 1 Cup

SPICES - about a teaspoon (MOL) of each...I go HEAVY on the nutmeg

SALT - just a dash

FLOUR - (for thickening) about 1/3 Cup

Mix this all together being sure that the flour and sugar is well blended in so you have no lumps

Now...pie crust. If you want a really flaky crust; use more crisco or combination of crisco or margarine. I usually try about 2 c. flour, several dashes of salt and 2/3 to 3/4 C. crisco. Use a long tined fork and kind of mash this together until you see little beads of the mixture...kind of pea sized.

Now, add about 1/4 C cold water. Mix this in well until there are no bits of flour in sight. Put flour on your hands, remove the mixture and form a ball. if it seems to hold it's shape without falling apart; you've got a good crust.

Now, grab a rolling pin (brush it lightly with flour) and, on a flour dusted surface, place the ball you've formed on the surface and begin to roll it out from center to outer edges. Lightly keep on dusting this as you roll it out so it won't stick to the rolling pin or surface; until it looks big enough to fit the pie pan w/extra hanging over the edges.

in a pie pan (I use glass) which has been lightly oiled or criscoed...Fold the crust you've made in half, place it in the pan and unfold so that it is evenly situated. Form the edges with your fingers or with a fork for decorations.

Fill this crust to the top (it will cook down) with your pears , create a top crust the same way. If the flour has dried a bit, add a tiny bit of cold water and remix, reform and begin again.

Place the crust on the top, crimp the edges to the existing crust, slit the top in about 6-8 places to release steam as it bakes...and

Bake in pre heated oven at 375 for approx 35-45 minutes depending upon whether the pie is deep dish or shallow...When the crust is golden and some of the mixture is coming out the top crust and cuts you've made...the pie should be done.

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erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

This sounds absolutely delicious, my mouth is watering!! Thank you so much for sharing this unique and special recipe!


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pinkydoo 5 years ago from New York

This is so interesting...I had never heard of pear pie before, either! In fact, I even recall saying those very words to my husband: "I wonder why no one ever makes pear pie!" And now someone has! I just have to try this recipe out of curiosity, to see how it is....thanks!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Tanya and Pinky..this really is a delicious pie..I eat WAY TOO MUCH when I bake this delightful dessert. And, it's 'cruelty free!"


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Mmmmm sounds delicious !!! I will definitly give this one a go. I was just thinking that Pear is probably the one fruit that I do not cook with.

Why I have no idea , habit I suppose, and habits are meant to be broken aren't they !!! Well some anyway, so I vote this one up and useful, I will let you know how I get on with this one.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Just like me, Eiddwen, I never thought to cook with pears...and then, I have this tree which is loaded every year and so, I had no apples at the time and decided to try this out. And I was amazed! I had to do it several times because the first time, I didn't bake off the pears first and the pie was runny...second time was just great. Can't wait for you to try it. Like Mikey: try it, you'll like it! Thank you Eiddwen, for visiting.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Just like me, Eiddwen, I never thought to cook with pears...and then, I have this tree which is loaded every year and so, I had no apples at the time and decided to try this out. And I was amazed! I had to do it several times because the first time, I didn't bake off the pears first and the pie was runny...second time was just great. Can't wait for you to try it. Like Mikey: try it, you'll like it! Thank you Eiddwen, for visiting.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are fortunate to have a pear tree in your yard! My husband has poached pears in wine as a dessert for dinner parties but we have never tasted nor baked a pear pie. May have to give it a try sometime. You are my kind of cook/baker...no exact measurements of ingredients but it generally turns out well. Thanks for the recipe.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Peggy! "Try it, you'll like it!" I have so many pears on the old tree so, aside from having the entire town come over and help themselves, and the fact that I just love pears....trying this was just a matter of time. The most important thing is to bake off the pears, first, because they tend to hold more water than the typical apples used to make pie. I learned this the hard way the first time I tried to bake a pear pie...it was very runny. After baking, reserve the liquid, and then continue on as if making an apple pie. I believe this is now my favorite pie..just add same spices but, the pears have a particular "spicey" nature of their own so...it is just wonderful. thanks for stopping by; I am very honored as I respect your writing so much! Kathy


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successfulblogger 5 years ago from Los Angeles,Ca

Sounds great.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi successfulblogger! (Congratulations! ) This pie recipe is really really delicious. Having so many pears last year, I just couldn't bear to see them go to waste so, after giving away so many to my friends who were up to their elbows in the things; I decided to try the pie idea! It worked after several failed attempts and, WOW!...I have to say; this is my favorite kind of pie, now. "Try it, you'll like it!"

Thank you so much for the comment.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Have never baked a pear pie, but glad to read your tips about the juiciness. Sounds delicious and easy. And I am envious of your pear tree in the front yard.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Frogyfish..this IS a delicious pie...and baking off the pears first is a great way to avoid a very runny pie. Everything else is pretty much just like apple pie...any way you like to make and bake it. Thank you for the visit and, yea...I absolutely LOVE that tree..the fruit is flawless..it thrives on benign neglect...and every morning I begin my day w/a sweet pear. So appreciate your visit and comment!!


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This does look delicious. I used to have a pear tree and occasionally made pear pie because I had so much fruit.

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for Hubpages.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hello 2patricias! This really was a surprise to me when I first tried it....my pear tree was so loaded w/fruit and, though I gave away so many lbs....there were still so many left. THEN, I wanted ALL those pears back...so I could make a million pies!!! lolo...glad you like it. Kathy


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Weight Watchers, here I come...

this looks simply divine, Kathy. I had eaten pear pie in the South but will have to give this recipe a whirl...thank you for sharing.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Mar! I was so surprised and delighted when I discovered this! There is a huge, old pear tree on the farm in Kansas and, each year, it produces hundreds of pears....yes, Weight Watchers for sure! Help! I think the pears might still be around when I finally get to go see the "other half" of my life shortly.

Love ya Mar and..wow..your series is really great about the fabulous women of hp's. Kathy

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