Perfect pear pie

    1 hour 5 min

    A delicious alternative to the traditional apple pie. Pears are tossed with sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and dotted with butter, before being baked in a shortcrust pastry. Serve as is, with sweetened whipped cream or ice cream.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 sheets ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 825g peeled and sliced pears
    • 15g unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and lemon zest in mixing bowl.
    2. Arrange pears in layers in a 23cm pastry lined tin, sprinkling sugar mixture over each layer. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
    3. In the second sheet of pastry, cut slits for escape of steam. Moisten rim of bottom sheet of pastry. Place top sheet over filling. Fold edge under bottom sheet, pressing to seal. Flute edge.
    4. Bake at 230 C / Gas 8 for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 180 C / Gas 4 and bake for an additional 35 to 40 minutes.

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    I made my own pastry instead of using premade. The filling came out with a lovely flavour and consistency, however, I found I had far too much left over after filling and could have easily halved the ingredients. Perhaps this recipe is designed for a deeper tin than the one I was using.  -  30 Dec 2013


    The filling is yummy - the only thing I did was to mix the sugar mixture together with the pears as others have suggested. But since I am not a baker and the thought of making the top crust look nice was terrifying, I made a crumble topping: 1/2 cup each butter and brown sugar mixed together with 1 cup flour. Pour the crumbles over the pears and bake at 350 for about an hour. I took it to a party tonight and everyone raved, even hubby who claims to not like pears. Thanks!!  -  01 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I followed the recipe as written. Our neighbors gave us pears from their tree and I found this recipe to make. I took the pie over to their house and you should have seen the looks on their face. Pear pie? I think I will pass. They tried and said "it doesn't taste like pears, it tastes like apple pie. This is really good." I will definitely be making more this weekend as they gave me more pears. I will freeze and take several to work for a treat. I'm sure everyone will love it. Thank you. This is really delicious!!!  -  30 Aug 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)