In Season: Pears are available year-round in many markets, though their peak season begins in late summer and lasts through January.
What to Look For: Pears vary in color depending on the variety, from green-yellow Comice to pink-blushed Bartletts to pebbly copper-brown Boscs. Choose pears that are firm with no soft spots or blemishes.
How to Store: Pears are unique in that they are best when picked unripe and then allowed to ripen off the tree. Choose hard pears and leave on a counter to ripen.
Pears mixed with cranberries and sweetened with brown sugar create a juicy crimson filling that gently bubbles up around the faux lattice, which has been brushed with apricot jam. You will need a 3/4-inch square cutter for the geometric pattern in the top crust of this pie.
A brown betty is a spiced fruit dessert with buttered breadcrumb or cake-crumb topping that turns golden brown as it cooks. Our individual bettys have two layers of Bartlett pears alternating with a blend of torn sourdough bread, butter, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a splash of apple cider.