mmm Yummy! This recipe is definitely a winner. I had never heard of pear pie until I stumbled on a recipe here. After looking at about 10 different ones, I hmmmed and hahhhed about which one to make, and decided on this one as I am not an avid baker, yet - I didn't have to worry about the top pastry. This recipe is especially great if you have pears that aren't quite ripe yet, as you can boil them as much as you'd like to soften them up. The more ripe, the more flavour :) Even without much experience, I decided to alter the recipe a bit. I did as others and baked the crust first, and I'm glad I did. I used less corn syrup, about a 1/4 cup and blended it with a 1/4 cup organic honey. I also used less cornstarch - maybe 2 1/2 tbs. For the topping I used a handful of crushed pecans and a handful of chopped walnuts. I left the pie in the oven until the pecans were toasted to a dark brown which gave the pie a great depth to the flavour. That's all I did differently and yum-tastic! I'm glad I chose this for my first pie :D This recipe makes more than enough for a 9" pastry. It doesn't give you so much extra that you would be able to cut it in half. The extra sauce makes a great topping, especially with ice cream. I used D'anjou pears this time, and I will try bartlett next time to compare flavour and follow up here. Hope this helps :)
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mmm Yummy! This recipe is definitely a winner. I had never heard of pear pie until I stumbled...