Fresh Pear and Rosemary Pie with Cheddar Crust, Heart Healthy, Low Calorie

Add to your Thanksgiving table, a healthier, fresh pear pie flavored with rosemary cradled in a cheesy crust made with heart healthy oil. 

You must make this pie! Fresh Pear Pie with Cheddar Crust - Heart Healthy, Low Calorie Food Done Light

Oh me, Oh my, Pear Pie.  Where have you been all my life?  Well, actually it came into my life last year when I saw a recipe in Southern Living for a Pear-Rosemary Pie with Cheddar Crust.  Cheddar in the crust?  I knew it was not a new thing, but I hadn’t had the nerve to try it.  I decided to bust out of my cheese-less pie crust prison and give it a whirl.  Why not make it for Thanksgiving?  I never live by the motto of making something tried and true for a special occasion.  I like to take a walk on the wild side and try new recipes for those important occasions.  It is just the way I roll.  So I made if for Thanksgiving instead of my usual Lightened Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce.  We were going to have so many pies anyway, it was hardly a risk if this one didn’t turn out.  My Mom was already making a pumpkin pie, Swedish Apple Pie (just like this Lightened Swedish Apple Cranberry Pie).  Plus there would be pecan pie.  For 7 people, that means a half a pie a piece.  Sounds like a good ratio. Umm, just kidding.

I sweated and toiled over this pie making it full fat, all the way.  O-H M-Y G-O-S-H!  It was so incredibly good.  The cheese was absolutely amazing in the crust and hello, pears and cheese are natural partners anyway.  I knew I would lighten up that recipe for Food Done Light this Thanksgiving.  Since I finally figured out a delicious, buttery crust without butter in the crust in my Apple Galette with Caramel Glaze, I used that for the basis of this one.  The pie in Southern Living had a top and bottom layer of crust, yes, double crust.  I went with 1 1/2 pie crusts to cut a little fat and calories.  It feels like a double crusted pie, but I made a cute little pattern with the top layer of crust.  It was enough to give the pie the feel of a double crust.  You can see how thick a slice is too.  Look at all those luscious pears.  This is one satisfying pie.

You must make this pie! Fresh Pear Pie with Cheddar Crust - Heart Healthy, Low Calorie Food Done Light

There is no need to tell anyone it has been lightened. They will not be able to taste a difference. You will just hear lots of yums and ohs and ahs. What more could a baker want? Maybe a few thank yous might be nice. You might even hear “Please may I have another”.

Be sure to come back Sunday for an Acorn Squash recipe.  I’ve also got one more pie recipe to share, Pumpkin Pie.  You can get that recipe on the following Tuesday.
You must make this pie! Fresh Pear Pie with Cheddar Crust - Heart Healthy, Low Calorie Food Done Light
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Yields 10 slices

Fresh Pear and Rosemary Pie with Cheddar Crust, Heart Healthy, Low Calorie

50 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 50 Total Time

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  • 1 ½ cups (180 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (90 grams) whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup finely grated 2% reduced fat extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/3 tsp. baking powder
  • 6 tbsp. corn oil
  • 7 tbsp. ice cold water
  • 3 ¼ lbs. Bartlett pears, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients.
  2. Stir in oil and water until dough starts to come together.
  3. Place dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and push into a disc. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. While dough is in the refrigerator, stir together pears and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°.
  6. Cut off two thirds of the dough and roll into a 12 inch circle.
  7. Place into a 10 inch pie plate. Push the dough down into the bottom and sides.
  8. Fold the edges over and crimp together.
  9. Fill with pears.
  10. Roll out remaining dough to 1/8 inch thick.
  11. Using a leaf cookie cutter, cut out leaves and arrange on top of the pears.
  12. Brush with egg white.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes then loosely cover with foil.
  14. Bake for another 25 to 30 minutes.
  15. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Adapted from Southern Living. Happy Healthy Eating,


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  1. this sounds so interesting! I've never had a cheddar crust before but I think it would be wonderful woth pears! I can't believe you made a new recipe for Thanksgiving. That's pretty awesome
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Sam. I can't help myself. I just love new recipes and always want to try something new. Thanks for coming by Food Done Light, Christie
  2. Wow - this looks fantastic Christie! I love the pears with the rosemary and that crust sounds amazing!
  3. Christie Daruwalla says
    Thanks Melanie.
  4. This pie sounds fantastic. Pears and cheese always taste good together. I may have to try this one when pears are back in season here. Thanks
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Leanne, Where do you live? I love knowing where people are from. Pears are in season here, luck for us. Thanks for visiting Food Done Light, Christie
  5. This looks incredible! I can't wait to make this!
  6. Cheese and Pears and Sugar... What an intriguing combo of flavors!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Gigi, Pears and cheese are such natural partners. Luckily when you have sweet pears, you can cut back on the sugar. Thanks for visiting Food Done Light, Christie


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