Partridge in a Pear Tree Pie Recipe
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Partridge in a Pear Tree Pie Recipe

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Delight guests and have a partridge in a pear tree make an appearance on your holiday table! The crimson cranberry filling makes this a fitting Christmas pie.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) pear halves, drained
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pastry of double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • Additional sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 499 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 278mg sodium, 92g carbohydrate (59g sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Set aside five pear halves; chop any remaining pears. In a large saucepan, combine the chopped pears, cranberries, pineapple and sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until some cranberries have popped. Cool for 30 minutes, stirring several times. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and cinnamon. Stir in cooled cranberry mixture.
  2. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; trim and flute edges. Spoon cranberry mixture into pastry shell; arrange pear halves on top. Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and crust is golden brown (cover edges with foil for last 15 minutes of baking if necessary). Cool on wire rack.
  3. Roll remaining pastry. Using cookie cutters, cut out small leaves, small pears and a partridge. Place on an ungreased baking sheet; sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Place partridge in center of pie with leaves and pears around it. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Partridge in a Pear Tree in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p75

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momfinne User ID: 2046149 149483
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"This is fantastic! I modified it some. I chopped the pears and added them to the filling. Also, I made a crumble mixture of butter, quick oats, butter, brown sugar and flour for the topping instead of doing the fancy partridge. I was more interested in easy and quick than fancy. I've made this several times and everyone who has tried it has loved it!"

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