State Fair Pie Competition 2009
Star City, Arkansas

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.

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  • 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

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 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.
  • 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.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Bill Blake of Star City, Arkansas, placed 1st with this recipe at the Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust Pie Baking Championship, 2009 Arkansas State Fair.

For a special touch of added flavor, sprinkle a small pinch of nutmeg over the whipped cream just before serving.

Nutritional information

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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.