Apple-Asian Pear Pie with White Cheddar Crust and Bacon Streusel

Apple-Asian Pear Pie with White Cheddar Crust and Bacon Streusel // Queen Smithereen.

Apple-Asian Pear Pie with White Cheddar Crust and Bacon Streusel // Queen Smithereen.

Apple-Asian Pear Pie with White Cheddar Crust and Bacon Streusel // Queen Smithereen.

Apple-Asian Pear Pie with White Cheddar Crust and Bacon Streusel // Queen Smithereen.

Apple-Asian Pear Pie with White Cheddar Crust and Bacon Streusel // Queen Smithereen.

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Apple-Asian Pear Pie with White Cheddar Crust and Bacon Streusel
Makes 1 9-inch pie

STREUSEL:
2 slices applewood smoked bacon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup white cheddar, finely grated
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp bacon fat, at room temperature
1/2 stick (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature

CRUST:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup white cheddar, finely grated
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
3-4 tbsp cold water

FILLING:
1 Asian Pear, peeled and sliced thinly
4 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced thinly
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp molasses
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground allspice
pinch cardamom
2 tbsp corn starch

Streusel: In a saucepan on medium heat, cook the bacon until brown and crisp, reserving the bacon fat in a separate bowl. Refrigerate the bacon fat until it solidifies, about 10 minutes. Chop the cooked bacon. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, bacon, oats, white cheddar, walnuts, and sugar. In a medium bowl, beat together bacon fat and butter. Mix in the dry ingredients, mixing until crumbly and moist. Set aside.

Crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, walnuts, cheddar, sugar, and salt. Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingers until combined (it will be a bit crumbly, and that’s okay). Pour in water one tablespoon at a time, folding it in with your hands, until the dough holds together when squeezed with your fingers. Roll the dough into a ball or disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for up to an hour before use. When ready to proceed, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out the dough into a 12-inch round on a floured surface. Carefully transfer the dough to the pie dish. Trim any overhang and set aside to prepare the filling.

Filling: In a large bowl, add asian pear, apples, sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cardamom, and corn starch. Stir to combine, then gently pour into the prepared crust. Evenly sprinkle with Bacon Streusel. Bake for 50 minutes, tenting with aluminum foil as necessary, should the streusel begin to brown too much. Let cool completely before serving.

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