Has someone ever heard about the tv series "Pushing Daisies"? It was a super cute show, starring Lee Pace, in which he played the part of an adorable Pie Maker, who also had the power of bringing back living beings by just touching them. However, if touched a second time, they would die, for good this time. This brings him to resurrect his childhood love, Chuck.
Chuck is alive again but, to mantain the secret of the Pie Maker, cannot be in touch with her only living relatives, her aunts. She decides to send them their favorite pie -this magnificent Pear and Gruyère Pie- with some drops of happiness elixir.
So, yes, I was inspired by this show. How could I not be? The story is so cute, and all the details are extremely well chosen, the dresses, the locations, everything is amazing. It's cute and quirky and disappointingly short (only two seasons) but so worth it.
Pear and Gruyère Pie
Pie Crust Ingredients:
- 300g flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 60mL olive oil
- 120g butter (cold)
- 80ml water (very cold)
- 80g gruyère cheese
- 1 beaten egg with two Tbs of water
- 1kg pears
- 100g sugar
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Add olive oil slowly while stirring (manually). Add the grated cheese.
- Slice the cold butter, add it to the mix and blend. Bear in mind that there need to be small portions of butter in the dough.
- Add water little by little, stirring until the dough forms a ball.
- Roll the ball, fold in three parts (like you would do with a letter) and afterwards fold into two more. Wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for an hour.
- When the hour has past, roll the dough again into a circle slightly bigger than the pan. Line the pan with the dough and prick with a fork. You can decorate the perimeter of the pie crust however you want to. Refrigerate again for 30 minutes.
- Peel and cube the pears.
- Mix the pears with sugar and spices and let it rest for half an hour.
- Pour the filling into the pie crust and cover with a circle of dough. Cut openings on top, paint with the beaten egg and grate some gruyère cheese on top.
- Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC (356ºF).
- Bake for 40-50 minutes. Let the pie cool before serving.
I hope you liked this pie! Its flavor combination may not be very usual but I promise you that it tastes wonderfully!