Pear and Tart-Cherry Pie


This pie is a winner at any holiday meal.


  • 1 ½ cups dried tart cherries

  • 4 pounds firm pears, (about 7), peeled and cored

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, (2 lemons)

  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • Pate Brisee for Pear and Tart-Cherry Pie

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place cherries in small bowl, cover with 1 cup hot water. Let stand until cherries have softened, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice pears. Transfer pears to a large bowl, and toss with lemon juice. Drain cherries; add to pears along with sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Toss; set aside.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one pate brisee round to 1/8 inch thick. Fit dough into a 9-inch pie pan. Fill pie bottom with reserved cherry-pear filling, and dot with butter.

  3. Reflour surface, and roll out remaining piece of dough to 1/8 inch thick; place on top of filled pie shell. Crimp top and bottom edges together; cut slits across top of dough. Sprinkle the top of the pie with sugar. Bake until the crust is golden and baked through, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

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