Today I have another recipe for you from my friend Dorothy. Her Pear pie is just so yummy and fall is the perfect time to make it. The pears from this pie are from her yard and so this really is a Sweet Dreams Pear Pie.
I'm going to give you the half recipe for her pastry. She makes double of this is her big food processor but my bowl is smaller and so this makes enough for two pies.
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 pound of lard
In a one cup measuring cup
Beat one farm fresh egg
add 1 tablespoon of vinegar
and fill to the 1 cup line with ice cold water.
DON'T USE ALL THE LIQUID
Stir this together really well, and pour half out. I know this seems wasteful but how do you measure half an egg? This is how I did it for half a recipe of pastry and you can double it using the full pound of lard, 5 cups of flour and all the liquid if you like.
In the food processor, put all the dry ingredients. Add the cut up lard, pulse this until the big pieces are all gone. Add the liquid quickly while the machine is going. Stop it as soon as it starts to come together. Dump it out and form it into a ball and knead it a few times until it has no more loose flour bits.
Divide my recipe into two pieces and put one in plastic wrap for another pie in a day or two or put the one piece in the freezer.
On a floured surface, gently roll it out. Turn it a quarter every few rolls to keep it even.
Roll it up onto a rolling pin, using a bench scraper to peel it easily off the counter.
Put it into your deep dish pie plate.
Do a simple flute around the edges or push with the tines of a fork to make a decorative edge.
I used 4 pears.
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup melted butter
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Combine these ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Bake at 350 for an hour . ..I did mine on convection for an hour . .. so you may need a bit longer than an hour for regular baking. I might even bake it a little hotter at 375.
You'll want to stop on the way to pick up some fresh vanilla ice cream to add a scoop on top of the pie. Who knows . .. you just might be invited back.
Have a wonderful day my friends, we're off to order up a 383 hot rod motor for Miss Ella today. That girl's getting a bit spoiled.