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Pear Gruyere Pie

I love cheese and fruit, so this pie is a natural pairing for me. Sweet and spicy wine-poached pears and a flaky, buttery cheese crust make for a winning dessert you’ll want to make again and again. If you’re serving this for Thanksgiving, bake leaf-shaped pie pastry on top for a festive look. —Alexandra Penfold, Brooklyn, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min.+ chilling Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces Gruyere cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup port wine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 medium pears (about 3 pounds) peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • Place flour, cheese, sugar and salt in a food processor; pulse until blended. Add butter; pulse until butter is the size of peas. While pulsing, add just enough ice water to form moist crumbs. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  • In a large saucepan, combine water, wine, sugar, cinnamon stick, vanilla and spices; bring to a boil. Add pears to poaching liquid. Cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove pears and cool slightly. Refrigerate until cooled; discard cinnamon stick. Meanwhile, return poaching liquid to a boil. Cook 12-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 3/4 cup. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into reduced liquid. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Pour into a 1-cup measuring cup. Cool slightly; refrigerate until chilled.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. On a well-floured surface, roll 1 dough portion to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Add pear filling; pour syrup over pears. Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Cut decorative cutouts from remaining pastry and arrange over filling; re-roll scraps as needed. Brush pastry with egg. Place pie on a baking sheet.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cover edges with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, serve with ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 557 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 388mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 6g fiber), 9g protein.
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  • Gina
    Oct 11, 2020

    Followed recipe exactly. Pie needed almost an hour in the oven, still the bottom of it was pale. The edge that got nice a crispy was delicious so I wish that would have transfered to the whole crust. Pear filling wasn't anything out of this world, didn't taste like port but I liked that it wasn't overly sweet. Would make again and maybe prebake the crust?