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52 Weeks of Baking: Pear and Apple Pie Crumble

This week I decided to brave it out, and put my excuses — small kitchen, no room in the freezer, no pastry blender, etc. — aside and bake a pie. My friend Becky had some ripe pears off of her tree, and I still had a few of the apples from geeksugar. So with fresh produce in hand, and a few recipes at my fingertips I decided to roll out some dough and make a pie.

Things were not so great. I'll admit it now, I'm not great with pastry crust. Pie eludes me and while I successfully managed to create a bottom crust, the upper crust was difficult and not easy to work with — I should have put it back in the freezer first. After ruining what was left of the dough, I went into panic mode until I remembered I didn't need a top crust and could make a crumble instead. So I whipped up a few ingredients and sprinkled the crumble on top.

Overall it ended up being a delightful pie — the pears and apples really play nicely together — and when paired with a scoop of ice cream, it was absolutely heavenly. Oh and I know it doesn't quite look like a slice of pie, but like I said, pie eludes me...

To check out the recipe I used,

Apple and Pear Pie
Crust from Jessica Appelgren's Huckleberry Peace Pie, Filling adapted from Diana's Desserts, and Crumble mixture from YumSugar

Crust
[Note: I cut this in half and used a crumble topping instead.]
2 cups butter
2-2/3 cups flour
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt

  1. Chill the butter in the freezer for 10 minutes so that’s it’s really cold.
  2. Pour the flour over the butter on a large work surface, covering the butter so that it won’t stick to your rolling pin.
  3. Roll the butter out flat, collect the mixture with a scraper, and re-roll it two or three times.
  4. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and add the water and salt, cutting the liquid into the mix with the scraper until you have a workable dough.
  5. Roll the dough out flat one more time, cut it in half, and place in the freezer.

Filling
1/4 cup golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 - 1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
5 firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced
4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the filling ingredients, mixing till well-combined.

Crumble Topping
1/2 cup flour
1/2 stick butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup golden brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

  1. Mix the butter and flour with the fork until it is textured like breadcrumbs.
  2. Add sugars and cinnamon to mixture and mix well.
  3. If it is too dry, use the leftover liquid from the apple/pear mixture to help.

Assemble

  1. Roll one piece of pie crust into a 12-inch round and gently lay it into the pie pan.
  2. Spoon in filling. Do not add all of the extra liquid.
  3. Evenly put the crumble mixture over the apples.
  4. Bake pie in a preheated 425°F oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Reduce the heat to 375°F and bake for an additional 45 minutes or until the top is brown and filling is bubbly.
  6. Remove from oven to cooling rack, and let cool completely before serving.

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
Oh my,. delicious!!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
Oh my,. delicious!!
MamaD MamaD 8 years
This isa family fav at my house!
Shanlee Shanlee 8 years
I made this recipe and it was AWESOME. Since I only had a 9 inch I just used 3 less fruit items or this recipe made two 8 inch pies as well when I tried it the second time. I did cheat and used store bought crust both times. It's awesome with caramel sauce and ice cream.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
What kind of apples and pears work best?
Food Food 8 years
the pears were a little unripe, so they came out fine. Go with pears that are a little more firm.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
oh that looks so good, but don't know about the pears in it - too squishy?!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
my nanny makes something similar. we call hers apple crunch. Her topping must have more flour in it because it looks different cooked, but she piles it on haha, atleast a quarter inch thick and it is my fav part. YUMMY!!!! :feedme: I bet the pear mixed in is devine
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
my nanny makes something similar. we call hers apple crunch. Her topping must have more flour in it because it looks different cooked, but she piles it on haha, atleast a quarter inch thick and it is my fav part. YUMMY!!!! :feedme: I bet the pear mixed in is devine
Food Food 8 years
leilanic - it was fun, but i think i'll stick to my food processor from now on!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
that is a really interesting way of making pie crust! it looks kind of messy but fun! the end result looks delicious!
emma- emma- 8 years
Wow. I would love to try that.
bea-arthur bea-arthur 8 years
that looks delicious!
bea-arthur bea-arthur 8 years
that looks delicious!
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
That sounds really good. I like the different combination of apples and pears. Yum!
brenababy brenababy 8 years
OMG!!! that looks sooo good!!! :)
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
Mmmm I could go for some of that right now, I just finished lunch :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Oh my! That looks almost too good to be true! Yum!
YazBab3y-xo YazBab3y-xo 8 years
whoo that sounds very tasttyy andd heltthy
YazBab3y-xo YazBab3y-xo 8 years
whoo that sounds very tasttyy andd heltthy
misslarue misslarue 8 years
I never thought of putting apples and pears together in a pie-great idea!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
this looks amazingly delish!!!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Still looks good to me! And i love pears and apples, so I bet it's delicious...
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