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Cranberry-Pear Pie

Photo: Charles Schiller; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep time 50 mins
Bake time 1 hr, 5 mins
Chill time 30 mins
Yield 8 Servings


  • crust:
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • filling:
  • 3 large ripe but firm pears, peeled, cored and sliced (about 1 lb. 10 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 535
  • fat 24 g
  • satfat 13 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 77 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 46 mg
  • sodium 224 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make crust: Mix flour, sugar and salt with a fork. Cut in butter and shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives. Drizzle in 5 Tbsp. of ice water, stirring with a fork until dough just comes together. Divide dough into halves; shape each into a disk. Wrap in waxed paper; chill for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°F; line a baking sheet with foil. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disk to a 121/ 2-inch round. Ease dough into a 9-inch pie plate and trim to edge; chill at least 30 minutes.

  3. Make filling: Stir together pears, fresh and dried cranberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, ginger and salt. Transfer mixture to pie shell. On a lightly floured surface, roll out remaining dough disk to a 13 1/2-inch round. Lay dough over filling and trim edges, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold edge under bottom crust, press to seal and crimp. Brush top with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Using a small sharp knife, cut four vents in top crust.

  4. Place pie on lined baking sheet; bake for 10 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350°F and continue to bake for about 55 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Let pie cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.