Serves a Crowd

New England Pear Harvest Pie

September 15, 2011
Author Notes

Elsie Masterton's Blueberry Hill Kitchen Notebook has a German Peach Pie which delighted me when I made it, and stayed in my mind as a favorite, as a memory. When I found some beautiful little Red Bartlett pears, the memory fused with some new elements to make this recipe. Less sugar, buttermilk and brown sugar to compliment the pears -- it's a beautiful sight! I'm making it for Thanksgiving this year. Maybe with a filo crust? Maybe not for Thanksgiving... —susan g

  • Serves 8, more or less
  • 1 pie crust
  • 6 tablespoons almond meal
  • 3 small ripe but firm pears
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • whole nutmeg
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a 10" pie plate with your best crust.
  2. Cut the pears in quarters, unpeeled. Cut out the stem, seeds, and blossom end. Line them up on the crust artfully, skin side up.
  3. Mix eggs, sugars, buttermilk and melted butter. Pour over the baking pan, around the pears. Sprinkle 2 Tb almond meal on top. Grate the nutmeg over it to taste.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, then lower the oven heat to 325 degrees. In 10 minutes check the pan. When the pears are cooked through and the custard is puffed and browned, take it out to cool a bit -- wonderful served warm, maybe with some cream.

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