Old Fashion Pear Pie

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Author Notes: Old Fashion Pear Pie where the pears comes from a pear tree over 100 years old, planted before the 1900's. This pear tree has produced pears for at least four families that have lived on now the family farm in Canton, Georgia. My Mother-in-Law, Mrs. Bernese Cagle passed away from Cancer June 22, 2011. This recipe was handed down from her Mother-in-Law Estelle Cagle; which is my Father-in-Law's Mother. I use the original pie pan, aluminum, that has been handed down three generations. I now the third generation to use this pan and make this pear pie.
Our local farmer's market had a pie contest where my Father-in-law, Albert Cagle, insisted on me making this pie for the contest. So in memory of Ms. Bernese I did so. We won First Place. What a great experience and very emotional day for all. Four judges from local restaurants Atlanta and Woodstock GA., judged several different pie recipes. The pears that I used to make to pie where pears canned in 2010 by Ms. Bernese which made it even more special to us. Since the contest Albert and I have made pear perserves and canned pears for the next year.

This was in loving memory of Mrs. Bernese Cagle.

Teresa Cagle
Canton, GA
Teresa Cagle

Serves 8-10

  • 2 1/2 cups Fresh Sliced Pears
  • 2 cups Sugar, divided
  • 4 ounces Butter
  • 3/4 cup Plain Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  1. Mix pears with 1 cup sugar and let stand. Place pan with 1 stick of butter in a 325 degree oven and melt. Batter; combine all dry ingredients, including the remaining 1 cup of sugar. Mix well. Whisk together in separate bowl the milk and egg; slowly combine with dry ingredients to make the batter. Pour batter over melted butter. Do not stir or mix at this point. Spoon pears over the batter and bake at 325 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes, until nicely browned and pears are tender.Serve hot or cold.
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Tags: Travels well and serves a crowd. Easy to make. Cool and Refreshing. Flavorful.

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over 3 years ago Midge

What a lovely pie and tribute.


over 3 years ago Mrs. Foster

The south is all about tradition and your family's generations old pear pie is a great example of "passing it down". I love the tribute to your mother-in-law and how you have taken loving possession of the original recipe and the pie pan to preserve tradition.
Thanks for keeping old memories alive. You did a great job!

Anita Foster


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

I love your story and beautiful family tradition. What a beautiful way to honor your mother-in-law. And congratulations on your winning pie!


over 3 years ago Waverly

When you share a great recipe, that is a very nice thing, but when you share a great story about the recipe, it is even better. Thank you.


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

this sounds delicious! thanks for the recipe :)


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

What a heartwarming story! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. It's sounds delicious.