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Pear Chai Pie

Recipe By: Lori Panchisin
Year Submitted: 2019
Winner Third Place


2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 cup shortening
6 – 10 tablespoons ice cold water

7 Bartlett pears, peeled and thinly sliced (should be about 6 cups; use semi-ripe pears, not overripe)
½ cup sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp finely ground black pepper


Combine the ½ cup sugar, ¼ cup flour, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ground cloves, coriander, ginger and black pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
To make the crust, heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, 2½ tablespoons sugar, and salt in a small bowl with a fork. With a pastry cutter, cut in the shortening until it becomes crumbly. Sprinkle water over the mixture, and stir gently with a fork until it come together in the bowl. Divide the dough in half, covering one half with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. Roll out the other half on a floured surface, then transfer to a 9€