Sunday, October 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge-Apple/Pear Streusel Pie

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Although I bake a lot, I rarely make pies, especially fruit pies.  When all my children lived at home, a pie would last maybe one day.  Each of us would have a piece and hubby maybe two, and it would be gone; while a cake or some cookies would have a chance to last at least a couple of days.  Making a pie crust and slicing up all that fruit just seemed like too much work.

When I saw that apple pie was the Crazy Cooking Challenge for October, I decided that I would be making a pie.  I also decided that the crust would come from the grocery store.  I like to use the frozen crusts because I get some pie tins that I can reuse.  I also get a nice, pretty edge with a frozen crust that I don’t get if I use the refrigerated ones.  Certainly make you own pie crust if you want, but don’t “beat yourself up” if you use one from the grocery store.  You will need a deep dish pie crust for this one.

I have admitted my love of streusel before and wanted to use it for this pie.  When a streusel topping is used on an apple pie, it is sometimes called a French or Dutch Apple Pie.  I had also seen an idea for making a pie with both apples and pears so that is what I decided to do.

One note of caution.  If you do not want to spend time cleaning your oven, place a foil-lined jelly-roll pan or cookie sheet on a rack below this pie.  It is a very full pie and has a tendency to run over the pie pan.

I used Gala apples and Bosc pears and got a very sweet pie.  Using Granny Smith apples or reducing the sugar would probably result in a less sweet pie.

The pie needs to cool thoroughly in order to completely set up.  It can then be warmed for 45 seconds in a microwave and served with a scoop of ice cream if desired, and we desired.



Apple/Pear Streusel Pie
1 10-inch deep dish pie crust 
3/4 c. quick oats
1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 c. chopped toasted walnuts
1/3 c. butter or margarine, melted
3/4 c. sugar
14 c. flour
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. salt
3 c. thinly sliced peeled and cored pears (about 3)
3 1/2 to 4 c. thinly sliced peeled and cored apples (about 3 to 4)

In a medium mixing bowl, mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and walnuts.  Combine well.  Add melted butter or margarine and mix until mixture resembles small peas.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Mix well.  Add pears and apples and mix until fruit is well coated with flour mixture.  Turn mixture into pie crust.  The fruit will be need to be heaped up in the center.  Carefully sprinkle and pat streusel mixture over the fruit, covering it well.  Set a foil-lined baking pan on a rack under the rack on which you are baking the pie.  Place pie in oven and bake at 375 degrees 45 minutes until fruit is tender and topping is beginning to brown.  Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool completely.  Makes  6 to 8 servings.  Store any leftovers, covered,  in the refrigerator.


A note about this photo.  In order to take a photo, I had to cut the pie before it was completely cool so the slice collapsed somewhat.  It was very good eating, though.

For more great apple pie recipes, just check out the links below.  Tina, our hostess for Crazy Cooking Challenge has all the information necessary to join in future challenges here.  The schedule for the next 3 months is:  November-stuffing, December-sugar cookies, January-French Toast so find your best recipe and join in the fun. 

13 comments:

  1. I love the streusel too, I think it is the best part. This looks delicious, I love that it combines pears. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. WOW your pie looks delicious! I have never had a streusel topped pie, I am going to have to try it!

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  3. Streusel lover here too! I love pears. We lost the pear tree in the ice storm, I'd better plant another! This looks amazing!

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  4. I love the streusel topping. I could just eat that. This looks like a delicious dessert and perfect for fall. I like the idea of a mixed fruit pie. Great recipe. Thanks for recipe.

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  5. I love streusel topping! I haven't every mixed apples and pears but I can see how that would be a great combination! Pretty pie!!

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  6. That pie is worthy of the labor it takes to make a good pie in relation to the return (even with premade crusts). Like you when the kids were home a pie lasted one meal with a piece or two left over. Holidays I would bake everyones fave even the guests. It was a 50 year tradition in our home. Thanks for the great recipe and photos.

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  7. I love streusel too, and this is one pie I can't wait to make. Gorgeous!

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  8. I love that you used apples and pears in your pie. Your pie looks delicious! Jen #16

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  9. Love the apple and pear together! Your pie looks beautiful. :) #12

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  10. I love the use of apple and pear together--perfect for fall! Great CCC recipe! I'm #17 :)

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  11. I just gasped at the photo with the ice cream topped slice of pie. That is so amazing - it doesn't matter that it was still warm. Delicious!

    I'm #29 CCC.

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  12. I love the addition of the pears (and the streusel topping)! They go great with the apples. #32

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  13. Gorgeous-looking pie! I love the topping. I too am a huge fan of store-bought crusts. So easy and perfect every time! #1

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