Slices of fresh pear are layered into a pastry shell, sprinkled with sugar, splashed with lemon juice and dotted with butter. The oven does the rest. Serve this lovely pie with scoops of ice cream or whipped cream.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 5 cups peeled and sliced pears
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and lemon rind in mixing bowl.
Arrange pears in layers in a 9 inch pastry lined pan, sprinkling sugar mixture over each layer. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Roll out remaining dough; cut slits for escape of steam. Moisten rim of bottom crust. Place top crust over filling. Fold edge under bottom crust, pressing to seal. Flute edge.
Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake for an additional 35 to 40 minutes.
Baking pie is a rather straightforward technique, but a few tips can only help to make your pies come out looking and tasting perfect!