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
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
- If baking immediately preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon zest in a bowl.
- Roll out one of the pie crusts into the bottom of a 9 inch pie pan
- 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.
- Cut butter into little bits to drop onto the top of the pie. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
- 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.
- 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.
- If freezing, place into freezer.
- Once frozen, remove from freezer and take pie pan from pie. Place the pie into a labeled freezer bag.
- Place pie back into freezer.
- Bake and eat within a year.
Photo credit - Christina Potts