To prepare streusel, combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
To prepare filling, combine pear, cranberries, 2/3 cup brown sugar, and cornstarch in a large bowl; toss well to combine. Spoon pear mixture into pastry shell; sprinkle streusel over pear mixture. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until bubbly and streusel is browned. Cool at least 1 hour on a wire rack.
I made this for my foodie boss and his family, who prefer to limit white sugar, dairy and grains. With the exception of the crust, this fit the bill. They plowed through it and asked to keep the little bit that was left over. This one will happen again!
I made this pie for the first time about 4 years ago. It was a BIG hit with my family! My son asked me to make 3 more to take back to his frat. house. They smashed 4 pies right away and requested more. It is a regular at all our family gatherings!
A yummy pie for a cold day and really easy to make. I didn't have quite enough pears so I added an apple. Also added a tsp of vanilla to the fruit which I recommend doing. I popped it under the broiler for a minute when it was done cooking to crisp the top a little more. It's not a pretty pie (impossible to slice which is why I rated it 3 instead of 4) but delicious warm with ice cream.
I have made this twice. The first time i liked it so much i made it again next week. Its a great fall dessert. My boyfriend also loved it and he's very picky about pies and fruit desserts in general. I think the topping is what made it so special.