Dec 20, 2014

Yummy Pear Pie


I am not much of a pie person I must confess. Not because I don't like it because I certainly do - it's one of my favorite desserts! I especially love it served a la mode - anything with ice cream is always better, isn't it? The truth is I don't make a lot of pies because I get scared I'll mess it up. It's just one of those desserts that I truly feel intimidated, I don't know why. That fear factor has certainly prevented me from trying to make pies.

However, recently I realized that it's totally silly to not make a yummy pie just because I find it daunting. After all I surely am missing a lot if I continue to not even try! When I learned I can make a cream cheese-based pie, then I decided to make this yummy Pie dessert. If I can make cheesecake then perhaps I can make a cream cheese pie and yes, I did it with success!

I was totally elated when I made this very pretty pie and it turned out so good as well. I didn't have a problem letting it set as cream cheese sets perfectly every time. Ok, so my crust is not from scratch but that's my next challenge! In the meantime for those of you are scared to make pies - try this  super-easy recipe - you'll feel almost like a pro afterwards and trust me everyone will love this!!!



Ingredients

Homemade or store-bought Pie crust (for a 9" pie tin)

For the Filling

1 block/package (8 oz) Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

For the Topping

2 cups Pears (about 3-4), peeled and sliced
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/3 cup Apricot Preserve (or Jam)

Procedure

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Bake the pie dough for 10 minutes. Set aside. Leave the oven on.

While the pie dough is baking make the filling. In a bowl of a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and free of any lumps. Slowly add in the sugar and beat until smooth. Add the egg and beat again until fully incorporated. Lastly, beat in the sour cream and Vanilla extract until well-blended. Spoon the mixture into the partially baked pie crust.

Gently, toss the sliced pears with the lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Arranged nicely on top of the cream cheese mixture. 

Gently heat the apricot preserve or jam until warm. Spread evenly over the pear slices.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55  minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Can be served warm, room temp or cold. This is super-delish!



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10 comments

  1. Pears are my favorite fruit my family loves pear pie taste almost like apple pie will be making this for a party

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  2. What a beautiful pie...this is just a perfect spring pie. Love it. xo, Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! It is one of my faves. :)

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  3. This came out so well.. and so manageable to do too!

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  4. The cream cheese base with a pear topping and apricot sounds like a delicious combination! And, I think there's nothing wrong with using store-bought pie crust!

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  5. You should definitely make pies more often. This looks amazing and I love the layers of flavor.

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  6. I love the filling on this pie and could definitely see that it could easily be used with lots of different fruits - especially during the summer as berries come into season. I do hope you'll try homemade pie crusts. Mine don't always turn out, but when they do, they are awesome.

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  7. I know how you feel. I finally got over my aversion of making pie crust. I was a huge endeavor for me. I am so glad you shared this pie, this looks so good.

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  8. This is a lovely Pear Pie, so glad you gave it a go! It sounds delicious.

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