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Apple Pear Pie

This pear apple pie, really says "fall." What a yummy way to use your backyard bounty or the pickings from local orchards! I've made plenty of pies over the years, and this is a real standout. —Grace Camp, Owingsville, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3 medium ripe pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon whole milk

Directions

  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; trim to 1 in. beyond edge of plate. In a large bowl, combine the pears, apples, 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Transfer mixture to crust; dot with butter.
  • Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; cut slits or decorative cutouts in pastry. Place over filling; trim, seal and flute edges. Add decorative cutouts if desired. Brush with milk; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake 30-35 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Apple Pear Pie Tips

What kind of pears are best for pies?

The best kind of pears for pies are those that are firm, but not overly hard. Try using bosc, anjou, asian pears or concorde. All four will hold up well in the oven.

Is it necessary to peel apples for pie?

Whether or not to peel your pears is up to you! Treat it as you would an apple: if you would peel an apple for a recipe, you should also peel a pear.

What other apple-pear recipes can I try?

Apples and pears are such a lovely...well, pair! Some are our favorite apple-pear recipes are apple pear coffee cake, apple-pear cake and apple-pear crisp. Don’t forget the ice cream on the side!

Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 438 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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