Caramel Pear Pie

Sweet and succulent cinnamon pear pie with homemade caramel and a buttery pie crust! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Welcome to day 5 in my annual Pie Week. Let’s review:

And drumroll please… today’s all about pears. And caramel, cinnamon, butter, pie crust, and¬†cute utensils. Soooo unpredictable of me.

Sweet and succulent cinnamon pear pie with homemade caramel and a buttery pie crust! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Let’s face it: we all forget about pears. Does anyone go pear picking? Can I come? And does anyone have a recipe for pear sauce? Send it to me! Pears sort of fade to the back while apples steal all the spotlight this time of year. (Not that I’m complaining.)

Well guess what, APPLES. Anything you can do, pears can do… better.¬†Hard to believe, but this caramel pear pie shows apple pie who’s boss.

What’s So Great About Pear Pie!?

Pears have this incredible buttery/silky texture that contrasts beautifully with a crisp and flaky pie crust. After the pear pie bakes and cools down, the pears settle into a tender-crisp texture. They’re soft, yes, but not mush. Rather, they have a little bite– especially if you slice them on the thick side.

Plus anything’s delicious covered in cinnamon, sugar, and caramel.

Caramel pear pie filling on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The BEST Pears for Pie

I like to use Anjou (red or green), Bartletts (red or green), or Bosc pears in pie. To avoid a mushy filling, look for pears that are slightly firm. Your best bet is to purchase about 6-7 pears, then let them sit in a paper bag for 1-2 days to slightly ripen. Much longer than this and they’ll be too soft. You’ll only need about 5 pears for the pie, but I suggest picking up an extra in case any develop soft spots.

Peel the pears, then cut them into (about) 1/2-inch chunks. You’ll mix the pears with sugar + cinnamon, and flour to thicken. A pinch of ground ginger adds that little something special, while a waterfall of caramel adds a BIG SOMETHING SPECIAL.

Caramel sauce for caramel pear pie on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Because if caramel’s divine with apples, it’s gotta be great with pears– right? Add about 1/2 cup of homemade caramel to the pear filling. Just pour it right on top so it sinks into every crevice. I use my salted caramel, though I reduce the salt slightly. See my recipe note about the caramel.

Lattice pie topping on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Lattice pie topping on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The caramel pear filling is nestled under a lattice pie crust topping. Top the pie with any pie crust design you’d like, but I prefer a lattice here. You can spy the gorgeous pears and caramel sauce bubbling up that way.

Here’s some pie crust design insPIEration. ūüėČ

Sweet and succulent cinnamon pear pie with homemade caramel and a buttery pie crust! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Sweet and succulent cinnamon pear pie with homemade caramel and a buttery pie crust! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

This caramel pear pie will definitely be part of my Thanksgiving dessert spread. (Noelle’s first!)

Some people are stuffing people, some are turkey people, some might be into cranberry sauce, and others just show up for pie. I know where we all stand.

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Caramel Pear Pie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 7 hours
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Sweet and succulent cinnamon pear pie with homemade caramel and a buttery pie crust.


Ingredients

  • Homemade Pie Crust¬†(my¬†recipe makes 2 crusts; 1 for bottom 1 for top)
  • 6 cups 1/2-inch chunks of peeled pears (about 5 pears)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (31g) all-purpose flour¬†(spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice*
  • 1 cup salted caramel (full recipe)*
  • egg wash:¬†1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
  • optional:¬†coarse sugar for sprinkling on crust

Instructions

  1. The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
  2. Make the filling: Stir the pears, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Set filling in the refrigerator as the oven preheats.
  3. Preheat oven to¬†400¬įF (204¬įC).
  4. Roll out the chilled pie dough:¬†On a floured work surface, roll out one of the¬†discs¬†of chilled dough (keep the other one in the refrigerator). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9×2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth.
  5. Spoon the filling into the crust, leaving any¬†excess liquid in the bowl (you don’t want that in the filling– discard it). Drizzle 1/2 cup of caramel evenly on top. Stick the pie in the refrigerator as you work on the top crust.
  6. Arrange the lattice: Remove the other disc of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into a circle that is 12 inches diameter. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut ten 1-inch strips. (I cut four of the strips in half, as you can see above.) Remove the pie from the refrigerator and carefully thread the pie dough strips over and under one another to create the look in the pictures pie, pulling back strips as necessary to weave. Press the edges of the strips into the bottom pie crust edges to seal. Use a small knife to trim off excess dough. Flute the edges or crimp with a fork. (Alternatively, you can simply cover the filling with the 12-inch pie dough circle. Cut slits in the top to form steam vents. Trim and crimp the edges.)
  7. Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg wash mixture and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  8. Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350¬įF (177¬įC)¬†and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to¬†prevent the edges from browning too quickly.
  9. Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up. Before serving, drizzle leftover caramel on top of pie or on each slice. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead / Freezing Instructions: A couple ways to make ahead of time! Make 1 day in advanceРafter it cools, cover tightly and keep at room temperature. The pie crust dough can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Baked pie also freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. Prepared filling can also be frozen up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
  2. Special Tools: Peeler | Glass Mixing Bowls | Pastry Cutter | Rolling Pin | Glass Scalloped Pie Dish | Pie Crust Baking Shield | Pastry Brush | Pizza Cutter | Coarse Sparkling Sugar
  3. Lemon Juice: A squeeze of fresh lemon brightens up the overall flavor of the filling. You won’t regret adding it!
  4. Caramel: I use my homemade salted caramel in this pie. I reduce the salt to 1/2 salt so that it’s a sweeter caramel. You can leave it as salted caramel if you prefer.
Sweet and succulent cinnamon pear pie with homemade caramel and a buttery pie crust! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Sweet and succulent cinnamon pear pie with homemade caramel and a buttery pie crust! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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  1. We have a pear tree, so i made this recipy. I switched the pie crust for the all butter one (because in the netherlands shortening isn’t all that available). We all loved the pie, but next time I’ll make a bit less caramel. Thank you so much for adding the grams next to the cups, cooking with cups as measurement is such a foreign concept for me.

  2. Sally, can I use fresh frozen pears that i picked last summer from my trees? Is there anything different I would need to do?

    1. Hi Sara! You can use frozen pears. Thaw them in the refrigerator before mixing with the other filling ingredients.

      1. Thank you so much for your reply! Since I have BAGS of them in the freezer, it’s a perfect way to use them up and create a fabulous dessert at the same time ‚Äć

  3. We have pear trees as well and most of them go to compost. We had a family vacation scheduled in Gatlinburg, TN so I decided to research pear pie recipes…so glad I did. I followed everything to a T and everything ( the crust, the salted caramel and the pie) was wonderful. I made 3 pies and they were served with vanilla bean ice cream….so delicious a hit with everyone, even pear doubters, lol. Thank you Sally

    1. How amazing to have a pear tree! So happy this recipe was a hit ūüôā

  4. I made this pie to a T- the crust, the filling, the salted caramel, everything. Well, I did decrease the salt in the salted caramel to 3/4 . However, oh my goodness- it was by far the best pie I’ve ever made! The crust was PERFECT. The pears in the filling held their texture beautifully. It wasn’t overly sweet (something I don’t like in pies). It even set and held its shape! I did let it cool for around 4 hours, which definitely helped. I mean, it was PURE PERFECTION. I made it last week for the boyfriend’s family- and got rave reviews. THANK YOU! Can’t wait to try more recipes from your site!

  5. Caroline Omeara says:

    is it possible to make this with pears and apples?

    1. Definitely! You can use half apples and half pears. I would slice them all up into chunks, as I instruct with these pears. You can make the apple chunks a bit smaller since larger chunks will take longer to cook.

  6. Can I make this pie with canned peaches and pears mixed?

    1. I don’t recommend canned fruit for this pie.

  7. I have so many pears and all of your recipes have been over the top delicious! I never follow recipes exact( it’s just not in my nature) but from experience, I’ve learned your recipes are my go to base. You are truly in love with what you do and it shows! What a wonderful gift you share!

  8. Absolutely delightful! Used Asian pears because we have a tree. I was so excited to make my own caramel too and your recipe for that is fab. Thank you for sharing all your innovative recipes.

  9. We planted a pear tree in 2019 and we got a harvest of some 30 bartletts this year. We made your recipe for caramel pear pie and our pie turned out beautifully. So yummy! The cooling of the caramel inside the pie really helped the cut slices to keep their shape. Thank you for sharing your recipe. MM in Ontario Canada.

  10. Made this pie for my hubby following all your directions exactly. I‚Äôve never had much luck making pie crust, but my husband was in astonishment that this was the best pie he had ever had. Also said even the crust is good! My Sincere thanks to you for sharing your recipes. Oh, even the Carmel sauce came out perfect…yumm!

  11. Hi Sally. I followed the recipe exactly and the pie turn out…just okay. For one, there was a lot of liquid at the bottom (even though I strained the pears before putting it into the pie, and I also didn‚Äôt feel like the caramel was a standout; it kind of got lost. I had high hopes for this pie – so not sure where it went wrong.

  12. This pie sounds delicious. I would like to make it the day before. Can I just keep in the fridge overnight? And, we like our pie warm, is heating in the oven an option before serving? If so, what is your recommendation for length of time and degrees?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Robyn, To make 1 day in advance‚Äď after it cools, cover tightly and keep at room temperature. See recipe notes for details. If it’s stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator you can reheat the pie in a warm oven to your liking. Enjoy!

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