Recipe for Open-Face Pear-Fig Pie | Almanac.com

Open-Face Pear-Fig Pie

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
8 to 10 servings
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Our pear-fig pie is mouthwateringly delicious! There’s no top crust, no crumb topping. You simply fold the edges of the pastry over the filling and bake as is. It’s a nice shortcut when you’re pressed for time, feeling a little lazy, or just want to try something new—and it works for just about any fruit pie!


5 cups peeled, cored, and sliced ripe pears
1 cup quartered fresh figs or 3/4 cup dried figs, cut into chunks
1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange or lemon zest
milk, for glaze

For Crust: Start with a pie pastry. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Roll the dough into a 13-inch circle and line a 9-1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate with it. Let the edge of the pastry drape over the edge of the pan.

For Filling:

Combine the pears and figs in a large bowl. Mix 1/2 cup of sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the sugar mixture to the fruit with the lemon juice and zest and stir well.

Scrape the filling into the pie shell and smooth with a spoon. Carefully fold the edges of the pastry over the filling, creating thick pleats. Lightly brush the exposed pastry with milk. Sprinkle the pastry and fruit filling with sugar.

Bake on the center oven rack for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375°F and bake for 30 to 35 minutes more, until the juices at the center of the pie bubble thickly. Transfer the pie to a rack and cool to lukewarm before serving.

About The Author

Ken Haedrich

Ken Haedrich is one of America’s leading baking authorities and a prolific writer—the author of 17 cookbooks and hundreds of magazine articles. Ken has received numerous accolades for his work and is the recipient of The Julia Child Cookbook Award. Read More from Ken Haedrich

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