Before I went grocery shopping this morning I took inventory of our fridge and found we had a bunch of pears and apples that were on the verge of going bad. I don’t know about you, but I hate eating apples with brown spots in my lunch (I’m a snob, I guess) but I don’t mind cooking with them and I decided to make pear and apple pie. So first I scoured Pinterest for a recipe. And by scoured I mean I picked the first few that looked good/actually linked to the recipes. And then I decided that I didn’t really like the looks/sounds/ingredients in any of those recipes and I would make my own.
So I started out with following the “filling” part from one recipe with a few tweeks, and I went to dump it into the pie pan and holy-shhh… the filling part exploded all over my counter! There was enough filling to feed a small country for a year… or at least enough for two pies. So that’s what I did. My parents are re-doing their kitchen right now and so we ended up with a lot of their refrigerator clean out (“sweet, now we don’t have to buy groceries but wtf are we supposed to do with 14 cans of mango-raspberry chutney/pickled beets/weird stuff you find in your parent’s fridge”) which included 3 pie crusts so luckily I had extras on hand. The third one will become quiche later in the week.
So please note: this recipe yields two pies. Bring one to a friend’s house and don’t feel bad about sharing because you have one at home you can devour alone by yourself in your pajamas while binge-watching a TV show on Netflix. Or something like that.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 pie crusts
- 6 cups peeled and chopped pears and apples (use whatever ratio you have in your fridge/you’d like)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Squirt of lemon juice
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Here’s what to do:
- Pre-heat oven to 425
- Mix together fruit, brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl (you’ll have 8.5+ cups of stuff when you get this all mixed together so grab a BIG bowl). Mix well.
- Squirt in lemon juice and continue mixing until all the fruit is evenly coated
- Dump the filling into the pie crusts
- Melt the butter in the microwave and drizzle on each pie
- Mix together the flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl
- Melt the butter and mix in with the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly. I used a wooden spoon and hacked at the mixture– it worked pretty well. You might have a more refined way of doing this.
- Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top of each pie
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown. I know it looks golden brown before being baked but it will look more golden brown after, I promise.
- Let cool before cutting
This would be a great recipe to bring to a friends-giving, or thanksgiving, or a solo party on the couch. Also, I think the oats in this along with the fruits qualifies it as breakfast food.