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Gingered Pear Pie

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Ingredients
  Water 2 Tablespoon
  Minced crystallized ginger 1 Teaspoon
  Cake flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), sifted
  Sugar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Chilled butter/Margarine stick 1 Tablespoon, cut into small pieces
  Ice water 2 Teaspoon
  Cooking spray 1 Tablespoon
  Peeled thinly sliced pear 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Quick cooking tapioca 2 Teaspoon (Uncooked)
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄8 Teaspoon
Directions

1. Combine water and ginger in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 45 seconds or until mixture boils. Cover and let stand 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 400°.
3. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and baking powder in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle ice water, 1 teaspoon at a time, over surface; toss with a fork until moist and crumbly (do not form a ball).
4. Divide mixture in half. Working with 1 half at a time, press mixture gently into a disk on heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into a 6-inch circle. Repeat procedure with remaining half of dough. Place dough in freezer 5 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed. Remove plastic wrap from 1 circle of dough; fit dough into a 4-inch pie pan coated with cooking spray, allowing dough to extend over edge of pan.
5. Combine crystallized ginger and liquid, pear, and next 4 ingredients in a bowl; toss gently. Spoon pear mixture into prepared crust. Remove plastic wrap from remaining circle of dough, and place over pear mixture; fold edges of dough under and flute. Cut slits in pastry for steam to escape, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Bake at 400° for 50 minutes or until golden (shield crust if necessary). Let cool slightly before serving.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Pie
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Pear
Interest: 
Gourmet, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes

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