Monday, September 7, 2015

Baking and Freezing Pear Pies


It's that time of year again along the Gulf Coast of Texas: Pear Season! We've gotten baskets and baskets full of nice hard Keifer pears from my dad's neighbors which we've made into delicious pies. We've made 8 so far. Two for eating now and six to save for the rest of the year.






Homemade Pear Pie to Freeze and Bake




Ingredients


1 pie pan
2 roll out pie crusts (top & bottom)
5-6 cups of pears (peeled and sliced)
½ cup sugar
3 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp salt




Directions


  1. If baking immediately preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon zest in a bowl.
  3. Roll out one of the pie crusts into the bottom of a 9 inch pie pan
  4. Place pear slices in layers in the pan, sprinkling the sugar/flour mixture over each layer until you reach the top of the pie pan.  
  5. Cut butter into little bits to drop onto the top of the pie.  Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  6. Place the 2nd pie crust across the top of the pie.  Roll up edges and press down with fork around the perimeter.  Cut slits in the top of the crust.
  7. If baking immediately place into oven for 10-15 minutes.  Lower the temperature to 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

  1. If freezing, place into freezer.  
  2. Once frozen, remove from freezer and take pie pan from pie. Place the pie into a labeled freezer bag.
  3. Place pie back into freezer.
  4. Bake and eat within a year.


    Photo credit - Christina Potts


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