No festive meal is complete without a deliciously sweet ending. So, this holiday season, if you are looking for a unique pie recipe, then move over from pumpkin pie and try out this pear pie recipe with the fall season’s most sweet and juicy fruit.
The fall season is synonymous with apples and pumpkins, but this season also brings with it juicy pears that are often overlooked. This seasonal fruit is the perfect fall ingredient to go into a pie.
The recipe that I’m going to share with you here includes a rich pie pastry crust that holds delicious fresh pears infused with warm cinnamon flavors, hints of citrus flavors from lemon juice, and a richness of butter.
You can serve this delicious pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a crumble topping. Let’s take a look at this gorgeous pear pie recipe and make your festive meal a lot more special.
Other Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Try
- chef john’s roast turkey and gravy
- chef john’s make ahead turkey gravy
- grandma’s cranberry sauce
- grandma’s corn pudding
- turkey carcass soup
- downeast maine pumpkin bread
- alton brown’s chocolate chip cookies
- chef john’s pumpkin pie
- maple bourbon smash
- cranberry spice cocktail
What Equipment Will You Need To Make Pear Pie?
- Food Processor – A food processor helps bind ingredients together easily in lesser time. So, to make the pie crust, you will need a food processor.
- Pie Pan – To bake the pear pie, you will need a 9″ pie pan to line up the dough and pie filling for baking.
- Rolling Pin – You will need a rolling pin to roll out the pie dough.
- Oven – An oven will be needed to bake the pear pie.
- Knife – A knife will help you to trim the extra pie dough coming out of the pan edges.
- Bowl – You will need a bowl to make the filling mixture.
- Foil – We need a sheet of foil to cover the edges of the pie to prevent them from overcooking.
- Cutting Board – A cutting board will be helpful for slicing the pears.
- Refrigerator – A refrigerator will be needed to cool the pie dough.
How Much Time Will You Need To Make Pear Pie?
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What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Pear Pie?
For the Pastry
- All-Purpose Flour – The basic step of making a pie involves making a pastry crust that holds the pie filling and gives it a structure. So, to make the pie crust, we will need two and a half cups of all-purpose flour.
- Sugar – To add a little sweetness to the pie crust, we will add two teaspoons of sugar.
- Salt – To enhance the flavor of the pie crust, we will add three-fourths teaspoon salt.
- Unsalted Butter – To bind the flour together with other ingredients, we will need eight ounces of unsalted butter, chilled in the freezer and cut into small pieces. We prefer using unsalted butter over regular butter to avoid making our dessert savory in taste. The salt content in normal butter differs from brand to brand. So, this can lead to our baked goods could end up tasting very different from one another.
- Ice Water – To make the pastry dough, we also need seven to nine tablespoons of ice water. Ice water helps to prevent the fat (butter) from warming up and melting into the flour. This, in turn, makes your crust flaky.
For the Filling
- Fresh Pears – To make the filling of pears pie, we will need five pieces of sliced fresh and juicy pears. To make the best pears pie, you can buy anjou pears, bosc pears, Bartlett, or Concorde pears.
- Lemon Juice – Sweet and sour flavors always go well in desserts. So, to add a kick of citrus flavors and balance the sweetness, we will add two tablespoons of lemon juice to our pie filling.
- Lemon Zest – Just like lemon juice, half a teaspoon of lemon zest will add an enhanced flavor of citrusy notes and a tartness that will complement the pear pie flavors.
- Sugar – No dessert is complete without the sweetness of sugar. To make the filling, we will add one cup of sugar.
- All-Purpose Flour – Flour is a popular thickener for sauces and soups. It is also used to add body to your fruit filling. Therefore, we will use one-fourth cup of all-purpose flour to make a nice pear filling.
- Cinnamon – To add a touch of warm flavor to the pear pie, we will add half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the pie filling.
- Salt – As mentioned above, salt helps to enhance the flavor of food. So, we will use a one-eighth teaspoon of salt to bring out all the delicious flavors of pear pie.
- Unsalted Butter – To make the pear filling rich, we will add two tablespoons of unsalted butter and cut it into small pieces.
For Egg Wash
- Egg – To add a nice glaze and a golden-brown top to the pear pie, we will make an egg wash using one large egg.
- Milk – In the egg wash, we will also add one teaspoon of milk.
Steps To Make Pear Pie
1. Prepare The Pie Dough
To make the crust of the pie, we will begin by preparing the pie dough. In a food processor, we will combine flour, sugar, and salt and pulse to blend thoroughly. After this, we will add half of the unsalted butter pieces and pulse the food processor six times.
We will then add the remaining butter and pulse the processor 6 to 8 more times. Make sure not to over-process the dough mixture. The mixture should look crumbly, with pea-sized pieces of butter visible.
We will now add about seven tablespoons of ice water and pulse a few times. Take a close look at the dough. Add more water, one teaspoon at a time, until the dough looks moist enough to hold together when squeezed.
Once you reach the desired dough consistency, turn the dough onto a floured surface. Press the dough together and shape it into two flattened discs. Make sure not to knead the dough more than necessary. Wrap the dough discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 to 45 minutes.
2. Line The Pie Pan
Take one disc of dough out of the refrigerator. Lightly flour your working surface and roll the dough into a circle about 2 inches larger than the pie plate. Line the dough into the pie plate and leave the extra dough hanging.
3. Prepare The Pear Pie Filling
Wash and peel the pears and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and fibers and slice them thinly. Add the lemon zest and juice to a bowl. Place the sliced pears into the pie crust.
Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a bowl and sprinkle over the pears. Place the diced two tablespoons of unsalted butter on top of the pears.
4. Make the pie top covering
Take out the second dough disc from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough and cut it into strips of about 3/4 inch in width. Arrange five dough strips diagonally across the top of the filling.
Place five more strips on top of these strips facing the other direction. This is how you will have a criss-cross pattern over the top of the pie. Cut any long ends.
Now that your main work is done, we will make an egg wash to give the pie a nice shine and a golden-brown color. To make the egg wash, combine one egg and one tablespoon of milk and whisk until well blended. Brush the egg wash lightly over the dough strips.
5. Bake The Pie
Your pie is ready to be baked. But before you put it in the oven, we will cover the edge of the pie with a strip using foil paper. This step will prevent the edges of the pie from burning.
Bake the pie for 15 minutes at 425 F. Remove foil paper and brush the egg wash over the crust edge. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 F and bake the pie for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pears become tender and the crust turns golden brown.
What Are The Other Ways To Top The Pear Pie?
While the recipe mentioned above gives the pie a nice flaky crust on top and bottom, you can also use a crumble topping instead for added textures.
To make a crumble topping for pear pie, you can cut the pie crust ingredients in half to only prepare the crust, fitting it into the pie plate.
To prepare the crumb topping, you can combine 3/4 cup of flour with 3/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, eight tablespoons of butter cut into small pieces, and 2/3 cup of rolled oats. Work the mixture together with your fingers or a pastry blender and sprinkle the crumbs over the pie filling. Bake the pie as instructed.
How Can We Serve Pear Pie?
Now that your delicious pear pie is ready, it’s time to get creative by pairing your pear pie with delicious toppings that will help you elevate your dessert. Below are some of the serving ideas you can try instead of having the pear pie on its own. These ideas look great when serving guests for a party.
- Caramel Sauce- Caramel sauce is one of the best options to elevate and make any dessert look wonderful. It brings a whole new realm of rich and sweet flavors and textures to desserts. It’s perfect for drizzling on top of ice cream, pies, cheesecake, and anything else you want to put on!
- Vanilla Ice Cream- Vanilla is one of the best flavors to pair with anything. When it comes in the form of ice cream, it’s irresistible. Team up your warm pear pie with cold and creamy vanilla ice cream.
- Whipped Cream- For an added rich and creamy texture, you can also serve pear pie with whipped cream.
How To Store Pear Pie?
Storing pear pie is easy. But before you plan to store it, make sure it is completely cooled and covered with plastic wrap. You can then refrigerate it for two to three days to enjoy the best flavors.
Additionally, you can also freeze a baked or unbaked pear pie. An unbaked Pear pie can be kept in an airtight container and frozen for up to three months. You can bake it straight out of the freezer. However, give it an extra 25-30 minutes of baking.
To eat a baked frozen pear pie, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and for an hour or on the counter. Then warm the pie in the oven for 10-15 minutes before serving.
How To Reheat Pear Pie
Wish to enjoy the warm flavors again from the leftover pear pie? Place a slice of pie in the microwave for ten to fifteen seconds and serve it with a cold scoop of vanilla ice cream.
|Saturated Fat||31 grams|
|Vitamin C||5 milligram|
What Will Pear Pie Look And Taste Like?
Pear pie is a wonderful fall dessert that can be made for Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations. This pie looks gorgeous with a golden and flaky crust. Moreover, it tastes delicious.
When you bite into a pear pie, you can taste juicy slices of sweet pears with a heartwarming cinnamon flavor. This pie feels like a warm hug on a cold winter evening. I bet you will not be able to stop with one slice.
Pear Pie Recipe
- 2½ cup All-Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons Sugar
- 8 ounces Unsalted Butter
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 7-9 tablespoons Ice Water
- 5 Fresh Pears
- ¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
- ½ teaspoon Lemon Zest
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon Salt
- 1 Egg
- 1 tablespoon Milk
- To make the crust of the pie, we will combine 21/2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoon sugar, and ¾ teaspoon salt in a food processor and pulse the ingredients to blend thoroughly. Add half cup of unsalted butter pieces and pulse the food processor six times.
- Add the remaining butter and pulse the processor 6 to 8 more times. Make sure that you don't over-process the dough mixture. The mixture should look crumbly, with pea-sized pieces of butter visible.
- Add about seven tablespoons of ice water to bring the dough together and pulse a few times. You can add more water, one teaspoon at a time until the dough looks moist enough to hold together when squeezed.
- Once you reach the desired dough consistency, turn the dough onto a floured surface.
- Press the dough together and shape it into two flattened discs. Make sure not to knead the dough more than necessary. Wrap the dough discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 to 45 minutes.
- Take one disc of dough out of the refrigerator. Lightly flour your working surface and roll the dough into a circle about 2 inches larger than the pie plate. Line the dough into the pie plate and leave the extra dough hanging.
- Wash and peel the pears. Cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and fibers and slice them thinly.
- Add ½ teaspoon of lemon zest and two tablespoons of lemon juice in a bowl. Place the sliced pears into the pie crust.
- Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a bowl and sprinkle over the pears. Place the diced two tablespoons of unsalted butter on top of the pears.
- Take out the second dough disc from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough and cut it into strips of about 3/4 inch in width. Arrange five dough strips diagonally across the top of the filling.
- Place five more strips on top of these strips facing the other direction. This is how you will have a criss-cross pattern over the top of the pie. Cut any long ends.
- Make an egg wash by combining one egg and one tablespoon of milk until well blended. Brush the egg wash lightly over the dough strips.
Bake The Pie
- Your pie is ready to be baked. Cover the edge of the pie with a strip using foil paper. This will prevent the edges of the pie from burning.
- Bake the pie for 15 minutes at 425 F. Remove foil paper and brush the egg wash over the crust edge.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 375 F and bake the pie for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pears become tender and the crust turns golden brown.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which pears are best for baking?
Bosc and Anjou pears are the best pears to use for baking as they hold their shape in a pie. You can also mix slices of Bartletts and Comice pears for a complex flavor and texture as they break down and melt in a pear sauce.
Do pears have to be ripe to bake?
Pears for baking should be selected wisely. While ripe pears hold their shape better, they will not have as much flavor and will not soften enough. A ripe pear will be slightly soft to the touch but not mushy. This will result in a perfectly sweet and soft finish pie.
How do you know when a pear is ripe?
Apply gentle pressure to the base of the neck, or stem end, of the pear with your thumb. If the flesh yields to pressure, it’s ripe.
Do I have to peel pears for baking?
Yes, you have to peel the pears as it becomes tough when baked.
How much in advance can you make a pear pie?
Pear pie can be made 2-3 days in advance. It’s fine to leave it out on the counter overnight. But it stays the best in a refrigerator.
Can you freeze pear pie?
Yes, you can freeze an unbaked pear pie for up to 3 months. You may need to increase the baking time to 20-30 minutes extra when taken out straight out of the freezer.
You can also freeze a baked pear pie for up to 3 months. Before eating, thaw it overnight in the fridge and for an hour on the counter. Warm the pie in the oven for 10-15 minutes before serving.
I hope you have liked reading the pear pie recipe and the ways to serve and store it. I suggest you try out this recipe this season and make the best use of pears. For more such delicious recipes, you can check out our recipe section.