This Pear Cranberry Pie is the perfect balance of sweet, tender pears and tart, fresh cranberries encased in an all-butter, flaky, crisp crust. Plus, there's a touch of fresh ginger that gives this fruit pie a bright, fresh taste. It's the perfect non-traditional pie to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Prepare your favorite pie crust (enough for a double crust) or use store bought pie crust.
Transfer the one sheet of rolled dough into a 9-inch round pie plate. Fold over any hanging edges and crimp to your desired design.
Place the dough lined pie plate in the refrigerator to keep chilled while you prepare the pie filling.
For the Filling:
Place the pears and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl.
Mix to combine.
Microwave for 4 to 8 minutes or until the pears are translucent and release their juices. Stir once, half way through cooking. (I cooked mine for a total of 6 minutes.)
Remove the pears from the microwave and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.
While the pears cool, make the cranberry portion of the filling.
Place the cranberries in the work bowl of a food processor.
Add the remaining granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, ground cinnamon and grated fresh ginger to the processor.
Pulse the cranberries about 5 times until roughly chopped.
Mix the cranberries with the now cool pear mixture.
Turn the filling into the chilled crust lined pie plate. Dot the top with the butter cubes. Return to refrigerator while preparing the top crust.
To Assemble the Pie:
Place the second rolled out pie dough over the filling.
Use a knife to trim any excess pie crust, leaving enough dough to tuck the top crust under the bottom crust. Flute the edges of the pie crust to seal.
Cut slits in the top of the crust and make small cut outs with the extra pie dough if desired.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water.
Brush the crust with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Preheat the oven to 400º Fahrenheit. Bake the pie in the preheated oven for about 50 to 55 minutes.
Allow the pie to cool for about 4 hours until serving.
Once the pie is cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature.
The calories shown are based on the pie being cut into 8 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of pie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**