Asian Pear Pie and Apple Pie 

Desserts, Holiday, Pie

Asian Pear Apple Pie

My favorite corgi on Instagram passed away on Monday. It’s sort of weird to admit this but I cried…like kinda cried myself to sleep. I don’t know what it was. Maybe it had to do with all the other sad stuff in the world, my sad family stuff that I never talk about or maybe it had to do with the fact that Loki the corgi was only five years old and that’s not that much older than Amelia.

I dunno what it is but I know that I squeezed her really hard that night and yesterday I gave her a cookie I shouldn’t have (the vet says she needs to lose 1 to 2 pounds).

Asian Pear Apple Pie
Asian Pear Apple Pie

I nearly took the rest of the week off from posting but then I remembered that’s silly and that I have this Asian pear pie with apple and so many other good things to share with you.

Last week I made another pie where I took little bits of apple and folded them around one another to make roses and it seriously took me like 3 hours but I didn’t really mind one bit because I just zoned out and thought about all sorts of stuff.

Asian Pear Apple Pie

I think I enjoy this process…building and assembling, building and assembling. I enjoy methodical, repetitive things, especially when they pertain to pie.

I’ve been wanting to make a basket weave-ish kind of pie topping. I think I did it with this. It’s actually MUCH simpler than it looks because you basically just cut the pie crusts in smaller strips and then place them side-by-side like you would one singular strip.

Asian Pear Apple Pie

A big tip, put the sheet of pie crust on a cutting board and chill them for 10 minutes. This makes it easier to slice AND move around.

I actually had never put Asian pears in a pie before. I kinda thought maybe they wouldn’t work all that well. It turns out, they’re amazing in a pie.

They’re pretty floral so their floral quality works well with apple. I added some creme fraiche, brown sugar, ginger, a pinch of salt and vanilla to this pie.

Asian Pear Apple Pie

The creme fraiche and brown sugar cook together, creating almost like a caramel of sorts in the pie. IT IS SO GOOD. AND, MUCH EASIER THAN MAKING CARAMEL.

I learned this little trick when Nicole and I were recipe testing for our upcoming pie workshop and she suggested we add sour cream to the inside of the pie.

I’d never tried it (I think she had). And the results were literally like an apple caramel pie. It was AMAZING. Try it the next time you make an apple pie, or better yet, try this one.

Asian Pear Apple Pie

Asian Pear Pie and Apple Pie 

Prep Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 (nine-inch) pie

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 peeled firm Asian pears, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 to 3 small apples (I used Pink Lady but Gala, Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious are all good!), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 homemade or store-bought pie crusts
  • 1 large egg, beaten, for egg wash
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons turminado sugar, as topping

Directions

  1. To a medium bowl, mix together the sliced pears, apples, brown sugar, creme fraiche or sour cream, flour, ginger, lemon juice and salt. Set aside.
  2. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll out the first pie crust, rotating and flouring it every so often so it doesn’t stick to the surface, to a 13-inch circle. Roll the dough over the rolling pin and place it over a 9-inch pie dish. Transfer to the fridge while you roll out the second pie crust.
  3. Roll out the second disk of dough and create a topping however you like. Do a normal lattice, an intricate lattice, make braids. The possibilities are endless, just remember that the freezer is your friend. If your pie dough ever becomes too soft to manage, be sure to put it on a cutting board and stick it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. It’ll instantly become easier to work with.
  4. Remove the pie dish from the fridge and pour in the filling, including all the juices that the pears and apples have released—this is the good stuff! Place the pie crust on the top however you like and seal it up! Transfer the whole pie to the freezer for about 20 minutes (this will firm it up and eliminate the possibility of shrinking like crazy).
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the pie on a baking sheet and brush it with egg wash and sprinkle the top with turminado sugar. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the pie is lightly golden brown. Turn the heat down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Allow the pie to cool for at least 30 minutes, if you’re impatient. If you want sliceable slices that stay in tact, allow the pie to cool for 2 to 3 hours.

Notes

*I don’t peel my apples but you’re welcome to if you like. I personally like the texture.

*I did, however, peel the Asian pears because their skin is a bit tougher.

*If you want to make this EXACT topping, you’ll need to make a larger amount of pie crust. Here’s the recipe for the triple pie crust.

*Easily make this an all apple pie. OR if you can’t find Asian pears, replace them with Bosc pears.

http://www.acozykitchen.com/asian-pear-pie-and-apple-pie/

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19 Comments

  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious September 21, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Stunning! You really are an expert with crafting pastry into works of art! I love this pie!

  • Reply Giselle @ The Busy Spatula September 21, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I know what you mean, I cried when I read that Einstein died on Michelle’s blog (the brown eyed baker). It’s surprising how much someone (something?) you never met can touch your life. Such a beautiful pie! My crusts are never perfect no matter how hard I try.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 22, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Isn’t it strange. I think it’s a good thing that we care so much. 🙂

  • Reply Celia Becker @ AfterOrangeCounty.com September 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

    OMG, that is the prettiest lattice pie crust I have ever seen. Bravo!

  • Reply Heather (delicious not gorgeous) September 21, 2016 at 10:29 am

    ooh, would have never thought to put asian pear in a pie! and since they’re so crunchy raw, i feel like they’d hold up well in a pie.

  • Reply michelle @ hummingbird high September 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    girl. this pie.

  • Reply di September 21, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Where’d you get those cute scissors???

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 22, 2016 at 9:01 am

      I got them from Anthro but I just looked on their site and they no longer carry them 🙁

  • Reply Belinda September 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I lost my rescue mutt, Lily, a few weeks ago so any passing of animals hits me particularly hard at the moment. I was lucky to have her live until she was 12.5 given she broke her neck and was diagnosed with Cushings when she was 6 and we were told by her Vets she wouldn’t survive another 12 months. She sure showed them.

    This pie looks like perfect comfort food. We are coming into spring here so the days are warming but the nights are still a bit chilly so perfect for some pie and ice cream. For anyone in Australia, Asian pears are sold in the supermarkets and produce shops as a Nashi.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 22, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Oh noooo that is so sad. Sorry for your loss, Belinda. She totally showed them. Rest in peace, Lily.

  • Reply Cindy September 22, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Looks yummy…Was wondering how much flour to mix with the fruit and sugar.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme September 22, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Ahhh it’s supposed to be 3 tablespoons. Just added it, thank you!

  • Reply Amy Ho September 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

    adding asian pear, making this basket weave, and letting creme fraiche do its thing and becoming caramel – you rawwwkkkk.

  • Reply alexa.al September 23, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Look so nice. I will try to cook it.

  • Reply Sunday Morning Reading Around the Web - Anne Sage September 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    […] still on a Candida cleanse, but I’m pinning this Asian pear and apple pie for […]

  • Reply Eden Passante October 7, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Look how golden and crispy the top of the pie looks, its perfect!! Basket weave is a gorgeous way to finish the pie off, and the asian pears are such a unique touch! Love it!

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