Friday, October 8

Caramel Pear Pie

Last night I made my first recipe from Donna Hay's new cookbook, Seasons..... Caramel Pear Pie. And what an intro it was! 
My husband said he'd never tasted anything like it before 
(although he always loves anything I bake, regardless of how it tastes, in my opinion)
.... but he was right, this pie was absolutely delicious, and very unique. 
It looks festive, and would make for a great holiday treat.

Read on for the recipe...

Donna Hay's Caramel Pear Pie

3 pears, peeled, halved and cored
2 Tbs water
Basic vanilla pastry (see below)
1 eggwhite, lightly beaten, for brushing
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup*
40 grams butter, melted
3 eggs
1/4 cup single pouring cream

Preheat oven to 320 degrees. Place the pear and water in a large, deep frying pan over medium heat. Cover & cook for 5-8 minutes, until just tender. Set aside to cool.
Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick. Line the base of a lightly greased 28cm shallow pie plate and trim the excess pastry. Gently press the edges and brush with eggwhite. Place on a baking tray.

Place sugar, golden syrup, butter, eggs and cream in a bowl and whisk to combine. Arrange pear halves on the base of the pastry shell and pour over the caramel mixture. 
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool in pie plate.

Basic Vanilla Pastry
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 Tbs caster (fine) sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
180 grams cold, chopped butter
1/3 cup iced water
1 tsp vanilla

Place flour, baking powder and sugar in a food processor and process to combine. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the motor running, gradually add the water and the vanilla and process until the mixture comes together to form a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes.

*I couldn't find "golden syrup" and read on the internet that it can be substituted by corn syrup or honey. I used a half-half mix of maple syrup & corn syrup.


Unknown said...

Oh wow. Seeing this first thing in the morning... ROUGH!

Anonymous said...

I skipped dessert today so I could really have some of that now... looks delicious!

Unknown said...

that looks like some serious YUM - i just don't like pears - but i bet i can sub apples!

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Jude said...

I just want to dive into these photos - it looks so delicious and divine! :)

Tiffany Kadani said...

This looks way too incredible! I would make this for the holidays in a heartbeat!

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

mmm mmm mmmm

Mimi said...

it looks beautiful!!! i'm sure it's delicious. :D

<3, Mimi

Crazy Sweet Life (Brianna) said...

This looks soooo amazing. I love caramel desserts!

fresh365 said...

This is perfect for Thanksgiving! Let's see if my mom give me pie duty this year ;)

this free bird said...

This look absolutely delicious. Wow. We did a poached pear salad last night (it's in post today), but I'd love a piece of your pie right about now.


Elizabeth said...

Our husbands are supposed to love what ever we make just like they're supposed to think we look great in every hubby insisted forever that I would still look good in a bikini (and I am 53, have had 2 C sections, and need a good diet!). Glad you have a good man like mine! That Pear dessert looks wonderful...gotta go get that cook book!

k said...

That looks so good! So..I tried another one of your recipes, the banana cinnamon muffin ones? So good!

Unknown said...

Caramel Pear Pie?? I've never heard of anything so lovely before. And it's soo pretty.

Rosemary Washington said...

I love these seasonal recipes. If you have more pears, you might want to try the recipe for Rustic Pear Pie posted on my blog. You can link to it here:


Anonymous said...

This is divine! I've made it before. How many eggs do you put in the golden syrup mix?

Lady Grey said...

Oooups! Sorry about that, I forgot to write in the eggs (there are 3 of them)... I hope no ones pie turned out as a soggy mess!