Monday, January 23, 2012

Pear Crumb Pie: This Week's Cravings {Homemade Pies}

Today is National Pie Day and the This Week's Cravings theme is Homemade Pies. I've gone to my pie wheelhouse today to make one of my husband's favorites, pear pie. He is inexplicably not a fan of apple pie, but a huge fan of pears, so pear pie is what I always make when I'm craving apple pie and don't want to eat nearly the entire pie myself (the kids can only help so much, right?). Pear pie was actually what I made him for his very first father's day. That version had two crusts, but I decided to top this one with walnut crumb topping (yum!).

Bug, our 3-year-old, helped so much with this pie. She did all the fork crimping (including a bit of extra poking inside the pie) and dropped the pears into the food processor shoot. She also helpfully snacked upon the entire bowl of pear peels throughout the day (OK, there were two peel fragments left, but still...she was crazy for them). I used 3 Bosc and 3 Concorde pears, all of which came in my CSA box, but pears (or even apples) of most varieties would be yummy.

Pear Crumb Pie
Adapted from Apple Crumb Pie recipe from Cuisinart
  • 1 flaky pie crust
  • 6 large pears, peeled, cored and sliced (about 4mm slices)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons, I zested mine first to make Lemon Poppyseed Muffins)
  • 2 teaspoons vanillla
  • 1/3 cup sucanat or sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Plum Jam
  • Walnut Crumb Topping
    • 1/3 cup walnuts
    • 3/4 cup flour, unbleached
    • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoons salt
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie crust, crimping edges.

Prepare walnut crumb topping. Pulse walnuts in food processor. Add remaining crumb topping ingredients and pulse until blended, but crumbly. (You could also crush the walnuts and cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or two knives.)

In a large bowl, mix pears, lemon juice, vanilla and sucanat/sugar. Spread jam over the inner surface of the pie crust. Spread or pour pear mixture on top of crust (mine came out a little soupy from pouring it all in, so watch your liquid amount).

Top pears with Walnut Crumb Topping and bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes until golden brown.

The Results
The first slice was a little soupy (I MAY have gotten a bit impatient and sliced it before it was completely cooled), but the rest were actually pretty normal pie consistency. The flavor in all the slices was amazing. I really liked the jam barrier for the pie crust, but the best part is he lemony freshness really came through in each bite of pear along with the subtle hint of vanilla. Delicious.

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  1. Cuisinart has some great recipes. This one looks like a winner. Thanks for linking up to My Meatless Mondays.

  2. Thanks for hosting Kristi. Beautiful pie. I haven't made pie in a while so I'm sharing an older tart recipe. Have a great week. I look forward to seeing you at Whole Food Wednesdays.

  3. What a creative twist in the classic apple pie. Sounds wonderful!

  4. what a divine pie/pie collection!

    as per always, love your page. thank you for keeping things interesting and sharing with us!