Pear Pie - Winner!

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Sandra Sabourin from the LaHave Bakery was the overall winner in the recent Mahone Bay Scarecrow Festival Pie Contest.  She was in the Market last week buying pears to use in her winning pear pie recipe.  She had lots of orders for the pie after her name appeared in the Chronicle Herald and she made a cameo appearance on BT – Breakfast Television.  She was very generous talking to Elspeth about her recipe and what was part of her winning combination, exact measurements were not provided!  She was inspired to make her own version of the pie over the weekend. It was served to friends on Sunday night and was a big hit!  This recipe features Clapp Pears, although we often think Bartlett Pears are better for cooking.


Pear Pie – An adapted version of Sandra Sabourin’s Recipe



  • 10-12 Clapp Pears peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 4 tbsp. flour
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated lemon
  • juice from half a lemon
  • pinch of salt

Gently mix the ingredients by hand to coat the pears with all the ingredients.  Pour into a 9” pie pan, lined with unbaked pie crust. 


The topping does not contain Sandra’s secret ingredient.  The nuts are part of the adaptation but work very well.


Struesel Topping:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup large flake oatmeal (not the quick cooking type)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • ¼ tsp. freshly grated lemon
  • ½ cup butter
  • Generous ½ cup of walnuts lightly chopped


Cut the butter into the other ingredients and then mix in the walnuts.  Sprinkle over the pears.  Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees and 40 minutes at 350 degrees.


It is amazing what a brief encounter at the cash register can prompt!!!