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Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries and Brown Sugar Streusel

By Nicole Rees / Photography By Scott Phillips
A hint of spice lets the delicate flavor of the pears shine through, while the dried cherries are a welcome alternative to traditional raisins.


Streusel Topping
  • 4-1/2 oz. (1 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 lb. ripe Anjou or Bartlett pears (5 or 6 medium), peeled and cored, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges and then crosswise into 1/2-inch slices (about 7 cups)
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. fresh lemon jui
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/8 oz. (1/4 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1 blind-baked All-Butter Piecrust


Position a rack in the center of the oven, set a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 350°F.

Make the streusel
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, blend the butter into the flour mixture. The mixture will be moist. Set aside.

Make the filling
In a large bowl, toss the pears with the lemon juice. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the sugar mixture to the pears and toss well to combine. Stir in the cherries.

Mound the filling into the piecrust. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the pear mixture, pressing the streusel between your fingers into small lumps as you sprinkle.

Put the pie on the heated baking sheet and bake until the pastry is golden-brown and the filling is bubbly and thickened at the edges, 55 to 65 minutes. Rotate the pie halfway through baking, and if the pastry or streusel browns before the filling has thickened, loosely cover the top or edges of the pie as needed with a pie shield or a sheet of aluminum foil.

Transfer to a rack and cool completely before serving. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 630; Fat (g): 24; Fat Calories (kcal): 210; Saturated Fat (g): 15; Protein (g): 7; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): 101; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 260; Cholesterol (mg): 60; Fiber (g): 7.