Apple And Pear Pie Recipe: A Lighter Take On This American Favorite

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


  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake the tart in the preheated oven  for about 30 minutes. Remove the tart from the oven.
Husband Says:"Let it be known that pumpkin pie is the GREATEST FOOD KNOWN TO MANKIND. Since the dawn of time when lifeforms crawled out of the sea and sprouted spindly little legs and wet eyeballs, the one common drive was to evolve to the point of creating the perfect food. Pumpkin pie. I hope our kids get my genes.

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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October 31, 2013 at 10:16 PM delete

This looks nom nom alicious! Dad