Monday, January 2, 2012

Baking Adventures

I tried a new type of pie recipe a short time ago and was quite pleased with the results. Pear pie, akin to apple pie, but even better, I'd say. Pears have a spicier, more exotic flavor than an apple, but if you get ones that are still quite firm, they bake just like them. I took this to work and it was devoured and received high praise. It was quite easy to make, so I'll share the recipe here for all to try out.

Pear-Walnut Crumble Pie
1 pie crust
5 cups sliced, peeled pears(about 5 large)
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. lemon zest
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Dash salt
Topping: 1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1.) Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place pie crust in 9" glass pie plate.
2.) In a large bowl, lightly toss pears and remaining pie ingredients. If pears are very juicy, add additional 1 Tbsp. flour. Spoon into the crust-lined plate.
3.) In medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Cut in butter using a pastry cutter, or hands until mixture is crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Spoon over pear mixture.
4.) Cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake 35-45 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

8 servings. I'll spare you the fat and calories, just pretend it's good for you and don't eat it too often and you should be fine! The good thing about this pie is it's not overly sweet. It's a really nice break from apple pie.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm... I might have to try this for next year's Thanksgiving pie, along with my apple. We can do a side-by-side taste comparison. Thanks for the idea!