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Fall Pear Pie

 Fall Pear Pie
A wide slice of this festive fruity pie is a great end to a delicious meal. The mellow flavor of pears is a refreshing alternative to the more common pies for the holidays. It's nice to serve a dessert that's a little unexpected. -Ken Churches, Kailua-Kona, HI
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled pears
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the pears, sugar, tapioca and nutmeg; let
  • stand for 15 minutes.
  • Line a pie plate with bottom crust; add pear mixture. Roll out
  • remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling; seal and
  • flute edges. Cut large slits in top. Brush with egg.
  • Bake at 375° for 55-60 minutes or until the pears are tender.
  • Remove to a wire rack. Pour cream through slits if desired. Cool.
  • Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 440 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 208 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein.