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Cheddar Pear Pie

 Cheddar Pear Pie
I take this pie to lots of different gatherings, and I make sure to have copies of the recipe with me since people always ask for it. It's amusing to see some folks puzzling over what's in the filling - they expect apples but love the subtle sweetness of the pears. -Cynthia LaBree, Elmer, New Jersey
6-8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 frozen pie shell (9 inches)
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the pears, sugar, cornstarch and salt; toss
  • gently to coat. Pour into pie shell.
  • For topping, combine the cheese, flour, sugar and salt; stir in
  • butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling.
  • Bake at 425° for 25-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and
  • cheese is melted. Cool on a wire rack for 15-20. Serve warm. Store
  • in the refrigerator. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 346 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 311 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.