Deep-Dish Pear Pie with Cheddar-Rosemary Crust | Living the Country Life

Deep-Dish Pear Pie with Cheddar-Rosemary Crust

This pie just tastes like fall! The Cheddar and rosemary in the crust are the perfect accompaniment to the juicy pear filling.

Number of Servings: 8
Prep: 50 min
Bake: 50 min at 375°

3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons pear nectar, orange juice, or apple juice
8 cups thinly sliced, peeled pears
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup finely shredded white cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
7 to 8 tablespoons cold water

1. In a large bowl stir together sugar and cornstarch. Stir in nectar or juice. Add pear slices; toss to coat; set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, rosemary, and salt. Cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. Stir in shredded cheese. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water at a time over part of the mixture, gently toss with a fork. Push to the side of a bowl. Repeat until all the dough is moistened. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a ball.

3. Roll half of the dough into a 13-inch circle. Transfer into a 9- or 9-1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate. Spoon pear filling into pastry-lined pie plate.

4. Roll remaining dough into a 12-inch circle. Place pastry on filling; trim 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate. Fold pastry top under bottom pastry. Crimp edge. With a knife cut slits in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape.

5. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. To prevent overbrowning, cover edge of pie with foil. Place pie on baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes more or until top is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 8 servings.

Number of Servings: 8, Nutrition Facts (per serving): 496 cal., 19 g Fat, total (6 g sat. fat), 7 mg chol., 76 g carb., 191 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 6 g pro.

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