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Pear Raisin Pie

Source: Fine Cooking - Issue No. 29
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  2 Hours 10 Minutes
  Yields one 9-inch pie
If you don't have any bourbon on hand, use brandy or skip the alcohol altogether.
1 recipe Classic Pie Crust
2 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts mixed with 1 tablespoon sugar
For the Filling:
3 lb. firm, ripe pears, like Bartletts, peeled, cored, cut into 3/4-inch slices, and then halved
3/4 cup raisins
2/3 cup packed dark or light brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch ground mace
Pinch salt
1/2 cup bourbon
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Other necessary recipes:
Classic Pie Crust
Position racks in the low and middle spots of the oven and set a foil-lined baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drips. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

FOR THE FILLING: In a large saucepan, combine the pears, raisins, brown sugar, lemon zest, juice, cinnamon, cloves, mace, salt, and all but 2 tablespoon of the bourbon. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring gently until the sugar is dissolved and the pears begin to release some liquid, about 4 min. Mix the cornstarch with the remaining 2 Tbs. bourbon; add this to the pears. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and cook until the liquid is clear, about 1 minute. Cool the filling to room temperature.

TO ASSEMBLE: Meanwhile, roll out one disk of the dough and line a 9-inch pie pan. Trim the excess to 3/4 inch from the plate's outer edge. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside. Roll out the other disk and assemble the lattice as directed above. Remove the plastic from the bottom shell and fill it with the cooled pear mixture. Transfer the lattice to the pie, sealing as described above. Brush the lattice with the milk and sprinkle the nut and sugar mixture over the pie. Bake at 425 degrees F until the pears are just tender when pierced with a knife, 50 to 55 min. If the lattice browns too quickly, tent the pie with foil.

Serving size = 1/8 pie

Recipe reprinted by permission of Fine Cooking Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Yields one 9-inch pie
Calories: 439
Fat. Total: 12g
Fiber: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 74g
Sodium: 142mg
% Cal. from Fat: 25%
Cholesterol: 16mg
Protein: 5g
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