Stella's Pear Pie
My elegant pear pie is a showstopper. With an almond coconut crumb topping & delicate pear filling, this pie is perfect for any occasion.
Servings: 8 Print Recipe
For the crust:
- 1 ½ cup flour
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup cold butter, diced into cubes
- ¼ cup cold shortening, diced into cubes
- ¼ cup very cold almond milk, or milk of choice
For the filling:
- 3 ripe large pears, cored and thinly sliced (you can peel the pears or not; I usually don't if the pears are not overly ripe and the skin is still pretty)
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste, (or vanilla extract)
- 1 tsp lime zest, freshly grated
- 2 tsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
For the topping:
- ⅔ cup almond flour
- ⅔ cup flour
- ⅔ cup shredded sweetened coconut
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 tsp lime zest
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter, cold and cut into cubes
Add the cold butter and shortening
With a pastry cutter or your hands, cut the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients. (I always use my hands.)
Work the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients until you end up with a crumb topping-like mixture, with little balls the size of peas.
Add the cold almond milk
Now add the almond milk, and mix until the pie dough comes together. If it feels a little dry, add an additional tsp or two of cold almond milk. And if the dough feels a little wet, add an additional tsp or two of flour.
Refrigerate the dough
Form the dough into a disk, and refrigerate the dough for at least a half hour. (You can also wrap the dough disk in saran wrap, and freeze it if you won’t use the dough for a few days.)
After a half hour, or whenever you are ready to make the pie, take the dough disk out of the refrigerator.
Roll out the dough
Roll the dough out on a floured surface. (Rolling the dough on a floured surface will make lifting the dough into the pie dish easier.)
Roll the dough out to the point that if you were to place the pie dish upside down on top of the rolled out dough, there would be about 2 extra inches of dough around the circumference of the pie dish.
Now that the dough is rolled out, gently fold it in half, taking care not to press the sides together! Fold the dough in half one more time. (So you have folded the dough into quarters.)
Put the dough in the pie dish
Oil your pie dish. Gently lift the folded pie dough and place it in the pie dish so that the two folded sides of the dough are in the pie dish, and the edge of the dough is going out over the edge of the pie dish.
Now carefully unfold the pie dough. Start by unfolding it from the quarter so it is now just folded in half. Then gently unfold it so it is no longer folded in half, and is completely open, and in the pie dish.
Gently press the dough down into the pie dish, then fold and scallop the edge with your fingers. This step is best explained and viewed in my Pie Crust Tutorial, which includes pictures. (You can find the link in the "Notes" section of this recipe.)
Place the pie shell in the freezer, and freeze for 15 minutes before putting the filling into the pie shell.
Make the filling
In a medium size mixing bowl, add the pears, flour, sugar, vanilla paste, lime juice, and lime zest. Fold everything together very carefully. You want those pear slices coated in all the other ingredients, but you don’t want to break the pear slices!
Let the mixture sit for ten minutes. The pears will release their juices.
Make the topping
Make the topping while the filling sits. In the bowl of your food processor, add the flour, almond flour, sugar, coconut flakes, salt, and lime zest. Pulse a few times.
Now add the cold butter cubes to the food processor, and pulse again a few times to start incorporating the butter.
Process the mixture until it comes together. It may still be a little clumpy, which is great since this is a crumb topping. Topping is done.
Compile the pie
Now take your cold pie shell out of the freezer, and put the pear filling into the pie shell. Layer the pear slices in the pie shell evenly.
Now crumble the almond coconut topping over the pear filling. Keep going until you have completely covered the top of the pear filing.
Serve and enjoy!
Let the pie cool completely before serving. I like this pear pie best at room temperature, but it's also delicious cold, or slightly warmed. This is a stand alone pie, and does not need to be served with anything else.
This pie is vegan if you substitute the butter in my pie crust recipe with Earth Balance Buttery Sticks. Check out my Pie Crust Tutorial for easy steps with pictures on how to make your own homemade pie crust.