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Streusel Topped Pear Pie

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  All purpose flour 2 1⁄4 Cup (36 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Butter/Margarine 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Cold water 3 Tablespoon
  Pears 5 Medium
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon
  Packed light brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ground cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground cloves 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cheddar cheese 2 Ounce, shredded

1. Prepare pastry: In medium-sized bowl, stir 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives used scissors fashion, cut in 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Measure 1 cup mixture into medium-sized bowl; set aside.
2. To remaining flour mixture, add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly with fork after each addition until pastry is moist enough to hold together. Shape pastry into ball.
3. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll pastry into round about 2 inches larger than 9-inch pie plate; use to line pie plate. Trim edges, leaving 1-inch overhang. Fold overhang under, then bring up over pie-plate rim; pinch to form a high fluted edge.
4. Peel, core, and cut pears into thick slices to make about 4 1/2 cups. In large bowl, toss pears with sugar, lemon juice, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; spoon mixture into piecrust.
5. Preheat oven to 425°F. In medium-sized bowl, combine reserved flour mixture with brown sugar and next 3 ingredients. With pastry blender or 2 knives used scissors fashion, cut in cheese and 4 tablespoons butter or margarine (1/2 stick) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs and ingredients are well blended. Sprinkle over pears.
6. Bake pie 40 minutes; cover loosely with foil (so topping does not brown too much); bake 20 minutes more. Cool on wire rack 1 hour; serve warm. Or cool completely to serve later.

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Streusel Topped Pear Pie Recipe