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Easy Pear Pie Recipe with Fresh Pears

Fall flavor perfection is found in this delicious and easy pear pie recipe. Bosc pears combined with warm cinnamon make this homemade fresh pear pie the perfect tasty dessert. Even Mom would be proud of this old-fashioned classic pear pie.

Serve your family a beautiful fresh pear dessert without any fuss or complexity.

Easy pear pie recipe baked and on a plate. Single slice plated, full pie in background.

Why You’ll Love This Fresh Pear Pie

Easy as Pie. This is a real thing! Classic pies like this one come together so fast and easy!

Use up ripe produce. Inevitably, all of the yummy fruit in season ripens on our counters at the same time. When that happens, take advantage of the moment to make our easy pear pie!

Old-Fashioned pies like this one are appreciated by young and old. They’re easy to make and take for any get-together.

Ingredients For Your Easy Pear Pie Recipe

Ingredients: flour, salt, cinnamon, butter, lemon, pears, sugar, pie crust.
  • Double Pie Crust. This pie is made with a double crust, which means a crust on the bottom and a crust on top. I prefer this All-Butter Pie Crust recipe but you can purchase a crust.
  • White Sugar.
  • All-Purpose Flour. Just a little bit to help the juices thicken as the pie bakes.
  • Salt.
  • Ground Cinnamon. I love a pie with plenty of cinnamon!
  • Lemon Zest. Adds a little tartness for balance.
  • Bosc Pears. A nice crisp pear for baking.
  • Butter. Enhances the richness of the fruit.
  • Lemon Juice. It keeps the pears from browning after they are exposed to air.

What are the best pears for a pie?

I used Bosc pears because they hold their shape while baking. Bosc Pears are juicy but crunchy. Other pears that are perfect for this recipe are Anjou and Bartlett.

How many pears do I need for this fresh pear pie?

I used 5 cups of pears in this recipe which is about 3 pounds or 6 pears. You want to fill up the crust because the pears will cook down. Almanac states that 2 pounds or 4 medium-sized pears equal 2 cups.

Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

How To Make A Pear Pie

Step 1: Get everything ready.

Preheat your oven and place a baking sheet on the bottom rack. Peel and slice the pears.

Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients.

Ingredients in a bowl used to make pear pue

Combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Roll out the pie crust.

A crust rolled out and placed in a pie plate

Place the bottom crust in your pan.

Step 4: Add the pears.

Top down view of pear pie filling layered in a homemade crust

Arrange the pear slices in layers on the pastry-lined pie plate, topping them with a sprinkling of the sugar mixture. Add dots of butter and lemon juice.

Step 5: Add the top pie crust.

Top down view of an unbaked pearpie.
Double Crust Pear Pie

Flute the edge. Cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

Step 6: Bake your pie.

Bake for ten minutes and then reduce the temperature and continue baking for about another 35 minutes.

TIP: My mother always sprinkled the top pie crust with sugar or turbinado sugar before it was baked for a great crunch.

What to Serve with Your Fresh Pear Pie

This pie is amazing when served hot with vanilla ice cream. It also works well served cooled with whipped cream or a delicious cup of hot coffee.

Baked pear pie. Top down view.
  • Apples and pears are interchangeable in this recipe. Pears can be substituted 1:1 for apples. While we love this pie, we also love using an apple pear combination for the pie filling.
  • Anjou and Bartlett Pears will both work in this recipe if you cannot find Bosc pears.
  • A bit of freshly ground nutmeg is a nice touch.
  • I use a lot of cinnamon in my homemade pies. You can also use nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and ginger.
  • Some people prefer their pies with less crust. You could use a lattice crust. I show you how in this recipe. A crumb topping with brown sugar would be amazing which is what I did for this pie recipe.

How To Reheat & Store Pear Pie

Best Way To Store Fresh Pear Pie Leftovers

Storing pear pie is easy. Simply make sure it is completely cooled. Then cover it tightly with plastic wrap. It will keep at room temperature for two or three days.

How Long Will Pear Pie Last In the Fridge?

I do not recommend refrigerating leftover pie. The filling will weep and cause your pie crust to become soggy.

Can I Freeze Fresh Pear Pie?

Freezing pear pie is a win-win situation. You can freeze individual slices and you have a grab-and-go dessert for work days or lunch boxes. Pie slices kept in airtight containers will last for up to three months.

How To Reheat This Pear Pie Recipe

Place a slice of pie in the microwave for ten to fifteen seconds at a time until it is hot and bubbly if you prefer to eat it hot with ice cream. It can also be eaten at room temperature.

Close-up of single slice of fresh pear pie.

Easy Pear Pie Recipe FAQs

Can I use unripe pears in a pie?

No. It is a huge mistake to use pears that have not ripened properly. A ripe pear will be slightly soft to the touch, but not mushy. It will be perfectly sweet and soft in the finished pie.

An unripe pear will not have nearly the flavor and will not soften enough.

How do you know when a pear is ripe?

Apply gentle pressure to the base of the neck, or stem end, of the pear with your thumb. If the flesh gives a bit and yields to pressure, it’s ripe.

I don’t recommend using overly ripe pears because the filling will break down creating a mushy pie. For the same reason, I don’t recommend using canned pears in this recipe.

Do I have to peel pears for baking?

Yes, the peel becomes tough when baked.

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Sideview of a slice of pie with the cut whole pie in the background

Easy Pear Pie Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Warm Fall flavors are found in this delicious and easy pear pie recipe that even Mom would be proud of. It's an old-fashioned classic pear pie.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword: Pear Pie, Pear Pie Filling, Pear Recipe
Servings: 6 Slices

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 double crust
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 5 cups peeled and sliced Bosc pears
  • 1 tbsp butter – diced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a baking sheet on the bottom oven rack.
  • Combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and lemon zest in a mixing bowl.
  • Roll out half the pastry and line a 9-inch pie pan. Arrange the pear slices in layers in the pastry-lined pie plate, sprinkling the sugar mixture over each layer. Dot with butter and sprinkle with lemon juice.
  • Roll out the remaining pie dough for the top crust. Use your fingers dipped in a small bowl of water to moisten the rim of the bottom crust. Place top crust over filling, and trim edge using kitchen shears or a sharp paring knife. Fold the edge of the top crust under the bottom crust, pressing to seal. Flute the edge. Cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake in the preheated oven on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes longer.

Notes

Please note that the calories don’t reflect the crust. You’ll need to add the nutritional information for the crust you use separately.

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 114mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 4gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 93IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.5mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating




Michaela Kenkel

Thursday 1st of September 2022

Pears are just so underused in my opinion! I just love them and this pie was incredible!!

Julie Menghini

Monday 5th of September 2022

I love the perfect pear even more than an apple! This pie is definitely a delicious way to use them.

Erin

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

I'm not much of a pie baker, but gosh, this one turned out perfectly and garnered some major compliments! Thanks for breaking it down for those of us who aren't as skilled in the pastry department. I'll definitely make this again!

Julie Menghini

Monday 5th of September 2022

I'm glad it worked for you! Thanks Erin.

Kathleen

Monday 29th of August 2022

Just got half a flat of local pears and was searching for a recipe -- this is in the oven now and SMELLS heavenly!

Debi

Monday 29th of August 2022

This was great with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Perfect summer treat!

Julie Menghini

Monday 29th of August 2022

I agree! Thank you.

Ann

Monday 29th of August 2022

Apple pie is totally over rated! Pear is where it's at!

Julie Menghini

Monday 29th of August 2022

We love pears and I agree that I don't use them enough!