Ginger-Pear Upside-Down Pie
Total TimePrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 1 hour + cooling
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Combine nuts, brown sugar and butter. Spread in prepared pie plate.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake 60-70 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack 5 minutes.
- 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.
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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