No Thanksgiving would be complete without a pie! My husband makes a mean pumpkin pie (Husband Says: "Damn right I do!") I like it. But sometimes you can get a little pumpkin overload!
I have been looking for a great Thanksgiving pie for this year's big feast. And when I was at the market the other day, pears were everywhere. Pears are my favorite fall fruit of them all. I love ripe pears that are soft and juicy. So I asked myself, why not make an Apple and Pear pie instead of the traditional Pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving?
This beautiful Apple and Pear pie is perfectly flavored and spiced with a touch of cinnamon and a little orange. As an added bonus, a slice of this delicious pie contains only half of the calories of a slice of traditional pumpkin pie! I decided this dessert will hold a special place at Thanksgiving this year…with vanilla ice cream!
- 100 cup hard butter
- 110g cream cheese
- 200 all-purpose flour
- 1 apples - peeled thinly sliced
- 1 pear - peeled sliced
- 4 table spoon orange juice
- 70g cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Cut the cold butter and cream cheese into the flour with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles wet sands. When you squeeze a handful of the mixture, shape the dough into a ball, flatten it into a round disk, wrap it in cling film, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Toss the sliced apples and pear with the orange juice. Add brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch. Toss the fruit with the sugar-spice mixture and set aside.
- Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured work surface. Make it a just a little bigger than your baking tray.Transfer the dough to the tray, smooth out the edges with your fingers and a knief Arrange the fruit decoratively in the tart pastry.
- Bake the tart in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Remove the tart from the oven.
Sorry, this isn't about pumpkin pie. Got a little carried away there.
This apple pear pie? I'll eat the whole thing I will. Its good, really good. And for those in the family that might not find pumpkin pie to their tastes, this is a great one to serve with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream."
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