Cheddar Pear Pie

When needing to use the tail end of a bushel of pears, I remembered this recipe in Family Feasts. I hadn’t made it for years and several of the kids were doubtful that pears and cheese could be combined with success in a pie. But tasting the pie converted them. Our son who doesn’t tend to like sweets declared it the best pie ever, and asked if he could have it for breakfast.
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INGREDIENTS

1 push-in pie crust

Filling:

  • 5 large ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  •  2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, grated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Press crust into an 8 or 9 inch pie pan.  In a medium bowl combine sugar, cornstarch and salt, and mix well.  Add pears and gently stir to coat pears with sugar mixture.  Pour into pie crust and spread pears evenly.   In a medium size bowl (I used the one that had the pears in it a moment ago) combine all topping ingredients and mix until crumbly.  Sprinkle over filling.  Bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted, 30-40 minutes.  Let cool on a wire rack 15-20 minutes before serving.  Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

{ 12 Comments }

  1. Thanks for posting this. I have the cookbook, but I didn’t notice this recipe (or looked and thought “eh, pears, don’t have any right now” and forgot about it). And we just got home from my parent’s house with bags of pears…with company coming over for supper tomorrow night, I think this will be a great desert! :)

  2. My kids favorite pie is a coconut pie I have made for years. We sometimes will have for breakfast with bacon. You know, I think I will make it this evening for breakfast tomorrow morning with bacon and some sliced apples—Yum can hardly wait. Perfect for the first week of school. Yikes hard to believe I am saying that!!! Reading and posting is going to be sporadic because of schooling.
    Though this pie recipe looks like it would be very good also. Always looking for a way to use pears in cooking and we all love cheese so this is a great combination. Thanks for posting recipe for those of us who don’t have your cookbook.

  3. Forgot to ask—will canned pears work for this recipe? Have you ever tried that instead of fresh ones? Fresh ones are horribly expensive here.

  4. Yes, I think you could use canned pears, well-drained. The filling might be a little softer, since canning cooks pears to a certain degree. But I’m sure it will still taste great!

  5. Thanks for the recipe! Our pear trees are loaded and I have been collecting new recipes!

  6. Hey, I bet I could even get my non-fruit-eater to scarf this up. I’m gonna swing by the farmer’s market tomorrow and see if they have any cheap pears, but I think it’s too hot here for them to grow well. Maybe Costco will have some decent ones. This should also work with apples, too, wouldn’t you think? They serve apples with cheese fondue in restaurants, so I think it should go together ok.

    • Yes, it’d work with apples, but turn the heat down 25 degrees and bake it an extra 20 minutes to make the apples tender. The pears don’t need much help being tender.

  7. Kate in NY says:

    Hi Mary, This is one of our family’s favorite recipes from “Family Feasts!” I have to admit, though, that we eat it for . . . dinner! I do make a green salad to go with it, and I cut the sugar in half for both the filling and the pie crust. SOOOOOOOOOO good!

  8. My mouth is watering… Don’t post any more recipes like this for the next little while, k? ;) You’re KILLING me!

  9. After reading your post, I printed the recipe and made it last night. It is amazing! My son told me this morning at snack time, “Mom, you don’t need to say ‘mmm’ every time you take a bite of pie.” Ummm. . . yes, I do, it’s THAT good! Thank you so much for sharing. This one goes into my recipe binder!! P.S. Love the smell of coconut oil while the pie is baking too.

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