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Pear Pie with Maple and Ginger

Pear Pie with Maple and Ginger

The early colonists made pies like this one, heaped with harvest pears, sweetened with natural sugar and maple syrup, and with a zesty spicy snap from ginger. We know now that ginger is an anti-inflammatory herb that offers healing for indigestion from over-indulgence, among other things. Healing benefits, autumn aromas and succulent fall tastes: Pear Pie with Maple and Ginger has them all.

INGREDIENTS

Dough for one pie crust
7 cups cored and sliced ripe pears
1/3 cup Sucanat or other natural sweetener
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Grated zest of 1 lemon (optional; use only if you like a very lemony pear pie)
1 tablespoon minced candied ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small bits

1. Roll out the dough on a piece of lightly floured parchment paper, using a floured rolling pin. Turn the paper upside down over a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie pan, center it, and peel back the paper. Tenderly tuck the pastry into the pan, crimping the edges prettily. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, combine pears, sweetener, maple syrup, tapioca, lemon juice, lemon zest (if you’re using it), and ginger. Toss well to mix and set aside. Preheat oven to 400F.

3. Pour filling into pie shell, gently smoothing it into place with your hands. Dot with butter. Place pie in center of oven (you might want to place it on some aluminum foil, in case of bubbling over) and bake 30 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375, rotate pie so back faces front, and continue baking another 30 to 35 minutes, until juices are bubbling.

4. Take pie out of oven and place on wire rack. Allow to cool 2 hours or more, as juices will thicken.

Serves 8 to 10.

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Inspired by Pie, by Ken Haedrich (Harvard Common Press, 2004).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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7:32AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

Will definitely be making this, thank you..

3:29AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

lovely

3:40PM PST on Dec 30, 2012

Thank you :)

4:15PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

yum

10:48AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Fabulous recipe - thanks for posting.

9:23AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Thank you

2:09AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Love the recipe. Yummy! Thanks.

4:22PM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

Lovely, thanks!

5:14AM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

mm pie. Thank you.

5:55AM PDT on Apr 17, 2010

Sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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