Pears are a sweet, juicy fruit that taste great eaten fresh from the tree, but they also make a fantastic pie. This pear pie recipe is sweet, with a little spice, easy to make and will be a big hit every time you serve it.
2 deep dish pie crusts
6 peeled, sliced fresh pears
1 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon grated orange zest
½ teaspoon cinnamon, seperated into (2) 1/4 tsp.
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°
Line a 9-inch, deep dish pie pan with one of the pie crusts.
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar, flour, orange zest, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Add pears to the dry ingredients and lightly stir, just enough to coat the pears. Add pear mixture to the crust.
Combine the orange juice and vanilla in small bowl. Drizzle the juice over the pears.
Scatter the butter pieces on top of the pear mixture, top with a lattice crust and sprinkle the remaining sugar and cinnamon on top of the crust.
To prevent the edge of the pie from getting dark to quickly, cover the edge of the pie with a strip of aluminum foil. Bake in 425° oven for 25 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil strip and continue baking for approximately 10 minutes or until the top of the crust is lightly browned.
Allow the pie to stand for a few minutes before slicing and top pear pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.
To make a lattice top, cut the remaining pie crust into strips approximately ½ inch wide. Lay 5 or 6 strips across the top of the pie and weave in the remaining strips. To weave strips, start at one side of the pie by going under the first dough strip, over the next strip and continue going under and over strips to the other side. Alternate each dough strip across the top of the pie. When all dough strips have been added, fold the edge of the bottom crust over the edge of the top crust and press the dough down to seal together.
To add holiday additions or designs to the pie, add a handful of cranberries, raisins or crasins to add color and additional flavor or use cookie cutters to cut designs from an additional pie crust and lay on top of the lattice.