Apple Pear Praline Pie

This state fair pie contest entry adds a surprise toffee crunch to a pie filled with fresh apples and pears!

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

6 cups thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith apples
3 cups thinly sliced peeled pears
3/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups (1 bag - 8 ounces) almond brickle or toffee bits
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).

In large bowl, gently toss apples, pears, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup flour, the cinnamon and salt. Let stand 15 minutes. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch deep-dish glass pie plate; sprinkle lightly with 1 tablespoon flour. Spoon apple mixture into pastry-lined pie plate; dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the almond brickle. Top with second pie crust. Flute edges as desired. Cut slits in several places in top crust to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown; remove pie from oven. Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and half-and-half. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in pecans. Spread sauce over top of hot pie; sprinkle with remaining almond brickle. Cool 2 hours before serving.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Standing Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 55 minutes Cool Time: 2 hours

Additional Information

For a special presentation, top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream sprinkled lightly with toffee bits.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 890 (Calories from Fat 420), Total Fat 47 g (Saturated Fat 20 g, Trans Fat 1/2 g), Cholesterol 50 mg; Sodium 450 mg; Total Carbohydrate 114 g (Dietary Fiber 6 g, Sugars 77 g), Protein 4 g; Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 5 Other Carbohydrate; 9 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 7 1/2

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