Pear Pie

by Cindy Yanasha Angulo in , ,

Put this on your holiday dessert list!  

Time: about 1.5 hours total


  • 2 Pears
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter or margarine (1 stick = 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F
  2. In a food processor, pulse 1 stick of cold butter (cut into cubes) with 1 cup all purpose flour & 1 teaspoon salt until dough forms (you will likely have to finish forming dough with your hands after you take it out of the food processor).
  3. Roll dough out with a rolling pin so that it's wide enough to cover the bottom of your round pie pan, and have room to press up the sides of the pan (like a crust).
  4. Press dough into the bottom of the pan and around the sides, ensure all around the pan is coated with the crust. 
  5. This step is optional:  I sprinkled some ground cinnamon into the pie crust so that it's a little more flavorful.  I fully believe in cinnamon.... on everything.
  6. Bake crust alone for about 20 mins or until slightly browned.  
  7. Filling: Slice pears very thin (I used a mandoline slicer, but you can just do this with a utility/paring knife). Remove any seeds.
  8. In a medium bowl, coat sliced pears with brown sugar, remaining ground cinnamon, gloves, and ginger.  Add a little salt if you'd like. 
  9. Remove bottom crust from the oven and fill it with the above mixture.
  10. Top crust:  Repeat steps 2-4.   Roll dough out over the pie filling with your hands (to cover the pie) and gently tuck in the corners using the excess dough (you may have to pinch a little to ensure that the top crust stays on!)
  11. Cut two slits on the top so the filling has room to breathe
    TIP:  wiggle your knife so the slits are a little wide, since the dough will expand a little as it cooks.
  12. Put pie into the oven first, then lower the degrees to 350° F and bake for about an hour or until the top crust is golden brown! 
  13. Enjoy!