Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pear Crumble Pie

Pear Crumble Pie


I've never been a particular fan of pears. Pears bring me back to my childhood when my mom used to always buy them or put the canned pears in our lunch boxes. She'd also get so excited when she found new varieties of pears. The taste was okay, they were sweet after all. I just didn't care for the grittiness and I thought that they were just plain ugly.

Another thing about pears is that they just don't seem very versatile. But that could just be my own ignorance. Very rarely do I come across a different pear recipe that has me rushing out to purchase pears. If you have a great pear recipe, please share it with me! :-)

While I'm still not a huge lover of pears, I've come to appreciate them a lot more now that I'm an adult. Though you still won't find them in my shopping cart on a regular basis. Every now and then I will get some pears from work during the holidays or I will find a great recipe that calls for pears (this is one of those recipes).

I started using this recipe a couple years ago when my office had a bunch of pears for the winter holidays. I wanted to make a dessert with pears, but didn't really know very many desserts that were made with pears. (Actually, I still don't.) I thought, "Hmmm.... I wonder if anyone has made a pie with pears?"

I combined this recipe from two different pear pie recipes from food.com. When I'm looking for a particular recipe, I tend to look for as many recipes for that as I can. Then I just combine them to fit my tastes. For this particular recipe, I liked the ingredients for the filling and the crumble from a two separate recipes so I just combined the two which turned out really great.

I really do like this pie and I won't complain one bit that it has pears in it! :-) This pie only has half a cup of sugar, so it's not a really sweet pie; it has just the right amount of sweetness to it. It also has just a hint of nutmeg that actually works really well with the recipe. I also used it with my easy homemade pie crust.

The pears!

All the filling ingredients... then just add pears. So easy!

The crumble topping.

The finished product, so good.

Close up of all that goodie.



Pear Crumble Pie
Filling recipe from: http://baking.food.com/recipe/pear-crumble-pie-314522
Crumble recipe adapted from: http://www.food.com/recipe/pear-pie-393043

Filling:
9-inch unbaked pie shell (try it with my homemade pie crust!)
1 c. sour cream
1 large egg
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbs flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3-4 large ripe pears, peeled and sliced

Crumble:

1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. pecans, chopped

 Directions:

For the pie:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the sour cream, egg, 1/2 c sugar, 2 T flour, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl. Fold in the peeled. Scrape into the pie shell. Bake pie for about 40 minutes. (While pie bakes, make the crumble topping.)

For the Crumble:
In small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle crumble topping over pie.

Place pie back into the oven for about 20 minutes longer. After baking, cool and then refrigerate. This pie is best served cold and leftovers need to be refrigerated!

  

3 comments:

  1. Be still my heart! I am such a lover of pears and this one is calling my name I just want to reach out and cut a piece! nicely done and thank you!

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  2. I do love pears. On their own, in salads with a Roquefort cheese or baked into a sweet tart. Yum!

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  3. I'd NEVER hate on pears! :D (or on this crumble pie!!!)

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