Spiced Pear Pie in a Sourdough Crust
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Recipe Type: Pie, dessert
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe for a double-crust sourdough pie crust (link above)
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unrefined cane sugar, divided
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
  • 2½ pounds ripe but still firm pears, cored and thinly sliced (about 10 small pears)
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream, for brushing crust
  • homemade whipped cream, for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. In a large bowl, toss the pears with the vanilla and flour/spice mixture.
  3. Roll out half of the pie dough and line a pie dish with it. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar over the bottom of the crust. Pour the pear mixture on top. Roll out the other half of the pie dough and place it on top of the crust. Trim and crimp the edges.
  4. Brush the top of the crust with the heavy cream. Place pie on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375 degrees F and bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 50-60 minutes. Tent with foil or a pie crust shield if the crust browns too quickly before the pie is done baking.
  6. Remove from oven and cool in the pie pan on a cooling rack for a minimum of 2 hours before slicing. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
Notes
I drastically reduced the amount of added sugar in this spiced pear pie. In fact, there’s only 2 tablespoons in the whole pie! If you like your desserts on the sweeter side, you can up the amount of sugar to ½ cup. Also, the sweetness of your pears can affect how much sweetener you need to add.

Recipe adapted from epicurious.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at http://honestcooking.com/spiced-pear-pie/