Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

 

Asian Pear Pie - Vegan with GF options from Canned-Time.com #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks  #WhatVegansEat About 2 months ago, I picked out 10 Asian pears that were on sale here, a dollar a piece.  They’ve been moved around from one place to the next since then in the kitchen.  I was waiting for them to ripen up some.  Then I was waiting for a nice day off to bake up a delicious pie for myself.  Finally my day came today and it was worth the waiting.  This one isn’t a sweet as an apple pie might be.  It has all the spices a flavor without the added sugars.   It’s almost like a cinnamon scone flavor; mildly sweet but lots of spice.

Refined Sugar Free Asian Pear Pie from Canned-Time.com

 If you’re not so much the ‘pie maker’ than this one would be a great one to try out as well.  I used a nice nutritious Spelt crust that I picked up at Whole Foods.  No animal products and Spelt flour is almost as good as gluten-free.  I also added in some dried currents that I had in the fridge.  I cooked the pears for about 10 minutes and then let them cool off before filling the pie crust.  Asian pears are such a dense fruit, I wanted to make sure that they would be tender enough without burning the crust.

Refined Sugar Free Asian Pear Pie from Canned-Time.com

 I did splurge just a bit on my sugar topping.  

No sugar in the filling but to leave that beautiful crisp crust without some course sugar grains would just be a sin.  Asian Pear Pie - Vegan with GF options from Canned-Time.com #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks  #WhatVegansEat

Asian Pear Pie - Vegan with GF options
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Ingredients
  1. 3 - 4 Asian Pears - peeled, cored and sliced
  2. 1/2 Cup dried Currents or Raisins
  3. 2 Tbs. Cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp liquid Stevia ( I used NuNaturals) or sweetener of choice
  5. 1/2 tsp ground Cloves
  6. 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  7. Juice of 1 Lemon
  8. 2 Tbs. ground Flax
  9. 1/2 cup water ( I used some date water I had left over from soaking dates that I used)
  10. 2 Tbs. Corn meal or other Gluten-Free flour
  11. 2 pie crusts (top and bottom) I used a Non-Fat Spelt Flour Crust from Whole Foods with low Gluten
  12. Organic Coarse Sugar for garnish *optional but recommended
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook the pear slices with the water and spices for about 10 minutes or so. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and add in your currents / raisins, lemon, salt and sweetener. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the pears are just fork tender.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the corn meal or flour and the ground flax seeed. This will thicken up your filling pretty quickly so keep stirring until the pears are in a thick sauce. Set the pot aside to cool some while preparing your crusts.
  3. Bake your bottom crust after slashing some slits in the bottom at 350 for 8 minutes. Pour in your pear filling and then lay the top crust on top.
  4. Brush the top crust lightly with a little water. Sprinkle generously with course sugar.
  5. Bake the pie at 375 for at least 30 minutes. Store covered after cooling room temperature or in the fridge.
Notes
  1. Makes 1 9 inch pie.
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Asian Pear Pie - Vegan with GF options from Canned-Time.com #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks  #WhatVegansEat

Asian Pear Pie - Vegan with GF options from Canned-Time.com #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks  #WhatVegansEat

Asian Pear Pie - Vegan with GF options from Canned-Time.com #Veganfoodporn #Veganfoodshare #Vegansofig #Veganpartysnacks  #WhatVegansEat

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11 thoughts on “Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thanks Natalie. See I could eat a bowl of the filling, but I’m a crust girl myself…..thanks for your kind comments.
      And I love your ‘About’ page on your site 😉
      Take care, hope to see you back soon ♥

  1. narf77

    Your pie looks gorgeous Angela. I think Asian pears are what we call Nashi? They do very well here and I was buying large 5kg bags at an orchard up the road for $2 not so long back but they seem to have run out now. I was buying lots of them and giving them to my Korean food loving daughters who were juicing them and freezing the juice to use in their recipes. The Koreans use a lot of nashi in their food. Cheers for the delicious share. That pastry looks wonderful. Wish I could get mine to look as good 🙂

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Looks like they’re the same. They are quite expensive here and come wrapped individually in little cushions. They’re crisp more like a Granny Smith than a mushy ripe pear….your daughters are definitely lucky to have such a thoughtful Mom…..hope you get some back in stock and give this one a try. I grew up with a very talented pie making Mom and since I was the youngest, I have lots of practice peeling fruit and making crusts……..this one is from the store though, he he!
      Thanks, you little April fools stinker!

      1. narf77

        lol! At your stinkery service 😉 Yeah, I think nashi’s are the same as Asian Pears and here they come in BIG bags and are deliciously crisp. Ours have a distinctive sour layer around the core so unlike apples or pears I DON’T eat the core 😉

  2. The Vegan 8

    I have never even had an Asian Pear, but then again I’m not much of a fan of pears, but I swear your pie is so beautiful and I love all of the other ingredients! I bet apples would work just as well! Also, I’m not getting your email updates. I’m going to subscribe again 🙂

  3. thepeacepatch

    So brilliant…the spelt crust is perfect with Asian pears and I think I’d use golden raisins or try dried blueberries in place of the currants. Many thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

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