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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) pear halves in syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 466 calories, 25g fat (11g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein .

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of the nutmeg and cinnamon. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in nuts. Set aside.
  2. Drain pears, reserving 1 cup juice. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt, remaining nutmeg and reserved juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the lemon juice, peel and remaining butter.
  3. Cut pears in half; arrange in pastry shell. Pour sauce over pears; sprinkle with reserved nut topping. Bake at 375° for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Pear Crunch Pie in Country Extra September 2003, p49


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