Spiced Honey Pear Pie

Heather, Sprinkle Bakes

Pears are at their peak in fall and winter, and this pie is a wonderful way to celebrate the harvest. The subtle sweetness of the pears is balanced by the buttery walnut crumb topping.
1 hr 45 min Prep Time
25 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 1 hr 45 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Servings: 8 servings

Servings: 8 servings


  • Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus more as needed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Filling:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 4 large red pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup black walnuts


Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F. To make the crust, whisk together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, cut the butter into the flour. Add the ice water all at once, and gently stir the mixture together until just combined. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead together. Flatten dough into a round and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 20 minutes.

Step 2

Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Place dough in 9-inch pie pan and trim edges. Re-roll scraps to make decorative cut-outs or braided edging for the pie. Whisk together egg and water. Brush cut-outs with egg wash and attach to pie crust edges. Refrigerate.

Step 3

To make the filling, whisk together cornstarch, ginger, water, honey, lemon juice, zest and pears in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add butter. Pour filling into chilled pastry shell.

Step 4

To make the topping, whisk together flour, brown sugar and ginger in medium bowl. Add butter and cut it into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender or a fork. Blend until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle topping over pear filling. Bake 25 minutes or until filling is bubbly and top is browned.

Step 5

Allow the pie to cool 30 minutes before serving.