Pear and Sour Cherry Flat Pie

pear and sour cherry flat pie
Photo: Gentl and Hyers

A melange of sweet pears and sour cherries fills our rustic, rectangular pastry. Hints of black pepper and five-spice powder balance the flavors and provide an exotic note. High-quality store-bought puff pastry is the key to making this pie's preparation fast and easy.


  • All-purpose flour, for work surface

  • 14 ounces best-quality frozen puff pastry (such as Dufour), thawed

  • 3 small Bartlett pears, or 2 meduim pears, peeled, halved, cored, and cut into ¼-inch slices (about 1 pound 2 ounces)

  • 2 ounces dried sour cherries

  • cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling

  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Five-spice powder

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, unfold dough, and roll to 10 by 15 inches. Cut into two 10-by-7 1/2-inch rectangles. Refrigerate until cold.

  2. Stir pears, cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and spice powder in a bowl.

  3. Transfer 1 rectangle of dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Spoon fruit mixture onto dough, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Brush border with beaten egg. Lay remaining dough over filling; press gently to seal. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Transfer to a room-temperature rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment.

  4. Trim edges, and brush top with beaten egg. Cut five 5-inch vents in top. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake, rotating once, until crust is golden and juices are bubbling, about 35 minutes. Transfer pie to a wire rack; let cool 20 minutes before serving.

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