Pear Tart

Apple-Pear Tart from Plymouth Plantation

Phyllis Lifestyle, Video 18 Comments

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday baking. Today, I wanted to share with you a recipe that is very near-and-dear to my heart. I first ate this simple tart several years ago at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, and it’s an old recipe the Pilgrims used! The best part: It’s easily customizable. And I promise the aroma alone will get your household in a festive mood. This pie always reminds me of how blessed I am, and I hope your family has a wonderful end of the year as we head into the holiday season.

Apple-Pear Tart

Ingredient List:
2 pie crust (we use premade pie crusts from the refrigerated section of the grocery store)
3 lbs apples or pears (4-6 apple/pear combinations)
1 cup sugar
½ cup currants
1 tsp ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 egg for egg wash

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You want your pie golden brown.

What is your favorite holiday dish to bake?

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Comments 18

  1. The pie looks wonderful but even with the video there are still a lot of instructions left out. I know one thing, even though I’ve been baking for close to 50 years I do NOT like two sentence instructions for baking. I would have never managed during the colonial years when women had extremely few instructions on what to do. I guess this is where it was assumed all women would be instructed by their mothers or other female relatives on the art of cooking and baking and would know exactly what to do with the minimal of instructions.

  2. The pie with an icing looks very good to enjoy. I’m very glad that you sent it to me. I want to say thanks so much Phyllis for sending the pie recipe.

  3. Oh Phyllis, thank you for the fantastic recipe! It couldn’t have been more timely. I made this for my husband’s 38th birthday and it was a hit! My 3 year old son enjoyed helping me make it as well.

  4. I really enjoyed watching your tutorial video along with this recipe, I cannot wait to try this pie! Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. Will definitely try this–Husband is Mayflower descendant. We enjoyed at visit to Plymouth and to Plimouth Plantation a few years ago to explore his “roots”. It was a wonderful experience. The descendants all over are planning their Compact Day celebrations. The “colony” he belongs to in Ohio will celebrate on November 16. A few years ago, Yankee Magazine (New England regional magazine) published a recipe for Indian Pudding from Plimoth Plantation–it was adapted for a slow cooker. I want to get the cookbook mentioned by the board member from Plimouth Plantation in a reply here.

  6. I agree with everyone else this pie looks wonderful and easy to make. Will be making it very soon. Thank you so much, Phyllis, sure do love your wonderful blog.

  7. I love glazes on baked goods but have never tried it on a pie…I can just smell those wonderful spices filling up my kitchen…thanks again for a great recipe! My favourite thing to bake for the holidays are my Christmas Morning cranberry orange zest muffins…warm from the oven…yum!

  8. I am on the board of Plimoth Plantation and I will definitely try this ! Sounds and looks delicious ! Thanks for posting. Have you seen the wonderful Plimoth Plantation cookbook that was published a few years back ? It should be a staple on every cook’s bookshelf !

  9. Oooooo! I can smell it already! Mmmmmm! I plan to make this for my bridge group next week and know they will love it. Thanks for sharing and offering me a scrumptious dessert

  10. God Bless you Phyllis. I am so happy that you took over Victoria Magazine. You seem so normal and yet you are quite the accomplished woman. I’m going to try your pie

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