Life lately seems to be revolving in an endless cycle of… pie. Terrible, right? It all started when this adorable little shop selling mini pies opened up in Roanoke. I caught wind of it several weeks before it opened and the anticipation was so intense that all I could think about was pie. All of this thinking about eating pie then got me thinking about that show Pushing Daisies (Ned owns a pie shop called The Pie Hole), and all of the watching shows about pie got me thinking about eating pie… and so on and so forth. In one episode of the show, a pear gruyère pie is mentioned, and I couldn't get the combination out of my mind. The pie addiction didn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? Also, the more the merrier. And so, that is how my sister and I found ourselves baking a pear gruyère pie on the first day of fall. I smell a new tradition baking…
All I had to do was google "Pushing Daisies Pear Gruyère Pie," and all sorts of delicious goodness appeared. Most posts seemed to all link back to one original recipe, so that's what I used for my own pie.
Now, I'm not really a pie maker, and when I am I usually cheat with Pillsbury crusts, so I think mine wound up a little too thick. Other changes I would make would be chopping the pears just a little smaller and poaching them for maybe a bit longer. Also, we used 1/2 stick less butter in the crust, and it was till a ton! All in all, it was a really interesting combination of savory crust and sweet filling. And it definitely disappeared quickly. Personally, I found it was best served for breakfast on the patio, accompanied by a hot cup of black coffee and a cool autumn morning breeze.
I'm thinking that an apple/cheese combination might be fun to try next. Have you ever made any unusual pie combinations before? What's your favorite? (Also… any other Pushing Daisies fans out there?)
You can find the pear gruyère pie recipe I used here, and try it for yourself!
Today I'm linking up with Samantha and Christina and I highly recommend checking out their blogs for some more delicious pear recipe inspiration!