The Pie Project: pear and almond cream cheese pie

[ Recipe adapted from Bake or Break ]

We have yet another contender for the Pie Project Allstars. This little beast looks amazing, is super quick and easy to make, and tastes ohmygodsodelicious.

This was the first time in a very long time that I’ve actually eaten pears. I’d always considered them some kind of weirdly shaped, slightly slimier green apple and never had the urge to buy or eat them. This recipe called for them though, and they were amazing with the cream cheese and the slivered almonds. I am now officially a pear fan (and a cream cheese fan, but we already knew that). This guy looks pretty heavy but is actually surprisingly light — very easy to accidentally eat more than a slice in one sitting!

Below is a brief overview of the recipe with my edits, but for more detailed instructions be sure to head on over to Bake or Break!

The Crust:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup plain flour

The Filling:
225g cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

The Topping:
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 pears, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup slivered almonds

1. Preheat your oven to 220°C. Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, then add the flour and mix well. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a springform pan.
2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add egg and vanilla extract, and mix well. Pour over the crust.
3. Combine the sugar and cinnamon, and toss in a bowl with the pears. Arrange the pears on top of the cream cheese filling and sprinkle with almonds.
4. Bake for about 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 190°C. Bake until set (about 25 minutes), then cool on wire rack.

November 6, 2014