Pear-Rosemary Pie with Cheddar Crust
  • 2 1/2cups organic sprouted flour of choice(Kamut works very well)
  • 1/8teaspoon sea salt
  • 3tablespoons organic sugar, divided
  • 1cup finely grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1cup very cold organic butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3tablespoons very cold organic heavy cream
  • 4-5tablespoons ice-cold filtered water
  • 3 1/5pounds organic or pesticide-free Bartlett pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3cup firmly packed organic light-brown sugar
  • 2 1/2tablespoons arrowroot
  • 2tablespoons fresh organic lemon juice
  • 1 1/2teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh resemary
  • 1/4teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large organic or pastured egg, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pulse first 2 ingredients and 2 tablespoons sugar in a food processor 3-4 times or until combined. Add cheese and butter. Pulse 10-12 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle cream and water over mixture. Pulse 4-5 times or just until moist clumps form. Divide dough in half and flatten into disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap and chill 30-60 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl stir together pears, next 6 ingredients, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  3. Roll 1 dough disk into a 12 ½-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Fit piecrust into a 10-inch pie plate. Fold edges under and crimp. Spoon pear mixture into crust.
  4. Roll remaining dough disk to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface and cut into 6 2 ½-inch strips. Arrange strips in a lattice design over filling. Press ends of strips into crust sealing to bottom crust and crimp. (Note: if you don’t want to be bothered with making a lattice top, follow instructions for bottom crust and prick holes in top before baking.)
  5. Whisk egg and 2 tablespoons of water. Brush top crust with mixture.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes, shielding with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Let cool on a wire rack 1 hour before serving.