Ginger-Pear Upside-Down Pie Recipe
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Ginger-Pear Upside-Down Pie Recipe

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I think pears deserve to have a starring role in pies more often. To showcase that mellow fruit, I came up with a spiced filling and gooey nut streusel that becomes the topping. —Marcy Kamery, Blasdell, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water
  • NUT MIXTURE:
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 6 cups sliced peeled fresh pears
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Line bottom and sides of a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. For crust, in a large bowl, combine flours, salt and sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add vinegar; gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half so that one portion is slightly larger than the other; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine nuts, brown sugar and butter. Spread in prepared pie plate.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger portion of dough to fit prepared pie plate. Place pastry over nut mixture. Trim pastry even with edge.
  4. Place filling ingredients in a large bowl; toss. Transfer to pie pastry. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry.
  5. Bake 60-70 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack 5 minutes.
  6. Carefully loosen the parchment paper around edge of pie; invert pie onto a serving plate. Remove and discard paper. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Ginger-Pear Upside-Down Pie in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p129

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"We recently moved into our retirement home, which has fruit trees in the yard, including a pear tree that almost produces more pears that leaves. I found this recipe looking for pear desserts. Not only was it easy to put together, the results were awesome - on both visual and taste levels. However, since I have a heavy hand when it comes to dough I did use purchased pie crust. My husband, who doesn't really like pears loved it, as did my nephew, who is a picky eater. Although the recipe says to serve warm, it is also good served at room temperature. If warm, I can definitely recommend serving it with either ice cream or whipped cream!"

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