Add to your Thanksgiving table, a healthier, fresh pear pie flavored with rosemary cradled in a cheesy crust made with heart healthy oil.
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.
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.
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Adapted from Southern Living. Happy Healthy Eating,
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