Pear Cream Pie

A creamy filling surrounds cooked pears in this delicious pie that was the blue-ribbon winner at the Arkansas State Fair, and the national pie winner in 2009.

  • prep time 1 hr 20 min
  • total time 5 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 16
  • servings 8

Ingredients

Crust

1
box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Fruit Filling

5
cups sliced peeled fresh pears
3/4
cup sugar
3/4
teaspoon fruit protector (ascorbic acid)
1 1/4
cups water

Cream Filling

3
egg yolks
1
cup sugar
3
tablespoons cornstarch
1/4
teaspoon salt
1 1/4
cups milk
3/4
cup evaporated milk
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
4
tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Topping

1
cup whipping cream
1/4
cup sugar
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Heat oven to 450°F. Place 1 pie crust in 9-inch glass pie plate as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until light brown.
  • 2 To make lattice top, cut second crust into 1/2-inch-wide strips with pastry cutter. Line large cookie sheet with parchment. Weave strips together to make lattice design; trim to fit top of pie. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in large saucepan, place pears, 3/4 cup sugar, the fruit protector and water. Cook over medium heat until pears are tender and almost all liquid has evaporated. Cool slightly while cooking filling.
  • 4 In medium saucepan, place egg yolks; beat with whisk or fork to blend. Stir in 1 cup sugar. Add cornstarch and salt; mix well. Stir in 1 1/4 cups milk, the evaporated milk and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla until blended. Stir in butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly. Spread pears in cooled baked shell. Spread cream filling over pears. Carefully slide lattice top onto pie. Cool; refrigerate 4 hours or until filling is set.
  • 5 In chilled small bowl, beat all topping ingredients with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form (Do not overbeat.) Decorate top of pie with whipped cream as desired. Serve with any remaining whipped cream. Store covered in refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    680
    (
    Calories from Fat
    270),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    30g
    30%
    (Saturated Fat
    16g,
    16%
    Trans Fat
    1/2g
    1/2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    135mg
    135%;
    Sodium
    450mg
    450%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    96g
    96%
    (Dietary Fiber
    3g
    3%
      Sugars
    64g
    64%
    ),
    Protein
    5g
    5%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    15%;
    Vitamin C
    4%;
    Calcium
    15%;
    Iron
    2%;
    Exchanges:
    2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 6 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    6 1/2
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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