Pear Pie Recipe

Pear Pie Recipe

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I love Fall, don’t you? Cozy weather, colorful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, scarves and sweaters, and that’s only the beginning. I love my family’s Fall traditions. One of those traditions is going up to the town of Julian, CA, for apple and pear picking. My daughter, Nena, loves pears; I came up with this pear pie recipe to surprise her. Nena is very sensitive to the taste of spices. For this reason, I went easy on the cinnamon and ginger in this recipe; feel free add more to your liking. Cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg would also go great in this recipe. Start with a small amount, and make notes for the next time.

peeled and sliced pears coated in spices in a pastry lined pie tin
This is going to be sooo good!

What Are the Best Pears to Use For Baking?

Bosc pears are pretty commonly known as the best pears to use when baking pies and crumbles. Alternatively, Bartlett and Anjou pears may also be used. However, when choosing pears, make sure they are firm and blemish-free. I don’t know about you, but when I pick fruit, I have a tendency to give it a little sniff, don’t you? I have found that if the fruit doesn’t smell like it’s supposed to, it’s not going to taste like it either. My daughter is mortified when she’s with me and I do that. She tells me that it’s a “very Middle Eastern thing to do.” 😉 I supposed it’s kind of like when Middle Eastern people pick grape leaves or figs over their neighbor’s fences (guilty). However, anyone with a sense for cooking knows that smelling the fruit is the best way to predict how it will taste.

partial view of a crumb-topped pear pie over a flowered washcloth
Ready for the oven!

Other Fruit to Use in Pear Pie

I have been known to occasionally add apples to the pear pie when I feel that the pear needs more filling. The combination of the two just works. I actually make a pear-apple preserves that’s out of this world! Ooh, I just got a great idea: pear pie, vanilla ice cream, topped with some pear apple preserves. Although, if I were to do that, I would probably make a double crust pie instead of a crumb topping. Otherwise, it would just be too sweet, even for me. Other mix-in options include cranberries and other fresh or frozen berries.

baked pear pie with crumb topping on a blue flowered cloth
Can’t you just taste it?

Fresh Pear Pie Recipe 

So what’s so great about this particular Pear Pie Recipe? Well, not only will everyone you serve it to fall in love with the taste, but you don’t have to be trained as a “baker” to pull it off. If you can follow these easy steps, you’ll be on your way to baking delicious pies in no time!

  • Peel and slice pears, and sprinkle with lemon juice (to keep the pears from discoloring).
  • Mix the remaining filling ingredients:
  • Unroll one Pillsbury Crust, and fit into a pie tin.
  • Pour the pear mixture into the prepared pie crust
  • Cut crumb into topping ingredients:
  • Pour topping ingredients over the pears, and bake!

You might also want to check out the following recipes: Wild Huckleberry Pie, Caramel Apple Pie, and Mulberry Pie.

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5 from 3 votes
pear pie
Fresh Pear Pie
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

A delicious pear pie made with fresh Bosc pears

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 Slices
Calories: 352 kcal
Preheat oven to 450 Degrees F.
    • 6 medium Bosc pears
    • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 3 T. white flour
    • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    • 1 Pillsbury pie crust
    Crumb Topping
    • 6 T. flour
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 3 T. salted butter
    1. Peel and slice pears and add to a large bowl. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and set aside. 

    2. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining filling ingredients. Gently stir into the pears, until combined.

    3. Form the pie crust into the pie plate. Trim, or fold the excess dough under. Add the filling to the pie plate, and flute the pie crust edges.

    Crumb Topping
    1. Mix flour, and brown sugar until combined. Work in cubed butter until crumbly. I use my hands, but you can also use a pastry cutter.

    2. Pour the topping over the pears, making sure that the topping completely covers the pears. 

    3. Place pie plate on a cookie sheet (to catch any liquid that boils over).

    4. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Then turn the temperature down to 350.  Cook for an additional 45 minutes, or until the juices begin to ooze out from under the crumb topping, and the crust is nice and brown.

    5. Allow to cool before slicing. Top with vanilla ice cream before serving, or eat as is. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Fresh Pear Pie
    Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
    Calories 352 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 11g17%
    Saturated Fat 5g31%
    Cholesterol 16mg5%
    Sodium 176mg8%
    Carbohydrates 66g22%
    Fiber 5g21%
    Sugar 39g43%
    Protein 2g4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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