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Brandy Pear Pie

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Makes

8 servings

I tapped into my French heritage for this recipe by incorporating Calvados, an apple brandy from the Normandy region of France. The sweet filling is balanced out by a buttery crust making for an indulgent treat.—Nicole Jackson, Beverly, Massachusetts
Brandy Pear Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup ice water
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup apple brandy
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups cubed peeled fresh pears
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Divide dough in half so that one portion is slightly larger than the other; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°. In a small saucepan over low heat, cook raisins in brandy until raisins are plump, 13-15 minutes. Strain, reserving liquid. Set raisins aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Add the pears, lemon juice, reserved raisins and 1/2 teaspoon of reserved liquid.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger portion of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim even with rim. Add filling; dot with butter. Roll out remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edge. Cut slits in top. Cover edges loosely with foil.
  5. Bake until bubbly, 45-55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 542 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 406mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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