Simple and delicious pear pie recipe using canned pears! This recipe produces a wonderful aroma and flavor and is perfect for a simple family dessert or served at a get together.
While I’ve never understood why pear pies aren’t more popular, once you try this recipe it is sure to be one of your new favorites!
The flavor is so good and it’s super easy to make. On top of that, you only need a handful of common ingredients, and prep and cook time is quick.
Make sure to bookmark or pin this recipe so you can find it the next time you want to make it.
While I’m calling for premade pie crust, you can absolutely make a homemade crust with this recipe. You also have the option of adding a top crust or leaving your pie open if you don’t want to make a streusel top. It just depends on your preferred presentation.
How to Bake a Homemade Pear Pie using Canned Pears
This recipe is super quick to make! Prep time is just a few minutes and bake time is right around forty minutes.
For equipment you will need two large mixing bowls and a 9″ pie pan. I recommend having some aluminum foil for the edge of your pie crust too. But if you don’t have any that’s fine.
If you decide to make a homemade crust, prepare your crust before making your filling. You have multiple options for the top of your pie.
You can go with an open top, solid top crust, lattice style crust, or a streusel top. You will find the streusel top ingredients and instructions below. If you want to make your own crust, this recipe is one of my favorites.
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Streusel Top Recipe
I don’t always make a streusel top for my pear pie, but it’s so tasty and doesn’t add too much prep time. It’s a great alternative to using a top crust.
It adds a lot of flavor to the pie and it’s pretty easy to make.
Streusel Top Ingredients
- 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbs Butter (softened)
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 2/3 Cup Chopped Pecans
Streusel Top Instructions
Note: Add your streusel evenly on top of your pear pie filling once it has been added to your pie crust.
Step 1: In a mixing bowl, add all-purpose flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and softened butter. Mix with hand mixer until well combined.
Step 2: Stir in ground cinnamon and chopped pecans until well incorporated.
Step 3: Spread evenly on top of pie filling.
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Pear Pie Filling Ingredients
For our pear filling, we will be using common ingredients. You likely have everything on hand already, but just in case you are out of anything, I’ll cover some common substitutions as well.
For your canned pears, I recommend sliced but you can slice canned peach halves if that’s all you have. You can use pears in heavy syrup or water since we will be draining the liquid.
Pear Pie Filling Ingredients
- Canned Pears
- Granulated Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
- Pie Crust
Cornstarch: Cornstarch is for thickening our pie filling. If you are all out, or just want a good alternative, go with a half cup of all-purpose flour.
Salted Butter: You can use unsalted butter if that is all you have on hand, but you will want to add a pinch of salt to your filling.
Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon provides our pie filling with flavor, but you can omit it if you don’t like cinnamon. The granulated sugar will provide enough flavor.
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For this recipe, you will need a saucepan and a 9″ pie pan.
Note: If using a top crust, you will need two 9″ crusts. For an open top or streusel top, you will need one 9″ pie crust.
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Step 2: Add your drained canned pears, cornstarch, and granulated sugar to your saucepan.
Step 3: Stir until your pears are evenly coated.
Step 4: Bring pear mixture to medium high heat.
Step 5: Stir ocassionally and continue to heat until it begins to bubble. Continue heating for an additional minute.
Step 6: Remove from heat.
Step 7: Stir in ground cinnmaon.
Step 8: Put pie crust in pie pan and trim excess crust from edges.
Step 9: Pour pear filling into pie crust.
Step 10: Slice butter and place evenly on top of pie filling.
Note: If making streusel top, prepare now and evenly add it one top of filling. If using a top crust, add it now.
Step 11: Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Note: Pie is done when filling is bubbling through the top.
Step 12: Carefully remove pie and cool on a wire rack.
Step 13: Serve warm and enjoy!
Pear Pie With Canned Pears
- 1 9" pie pan
- 1 Medium Saucepan
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 2 15.25oz Cans Sliced Pears drained
- ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbs Cornstarch
- 2 Tbs Salted Butter
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Premade Pie Crust 9"
- ¼ Cup All-Purpose Flour
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar packed
- ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tbs Butter softened
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- ⅔ Cup Chopped Pecans optional
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Add your drained canned pears, cornstarch, and granulated sugar to your saucepan.
- Stir until your pears are evenly coated.
- Bring pear mixture to medium high heat.
- Stir ocassionally and continue to heat until it begins to bubble. Continue heating for an additional minute.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in ground cinnmaon.
- Put pie crust in pie pan and trim excess crust from edges.
- Pour pear filling into pie crust.
- Slice butter and place evenly on top of pie filling.
- Note: If making streusel top, prepare now and evenly add it one top of filling. If using a top crust, add it now.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Note: Pie is done when filling is bubbling through the top.
- Carefully remove pie and cool on a wire rack.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
- In a mixing bowl, add all-purpose flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and softened butter. Mix with hand mixer until well combined.
- Stir in ground cinnamon and chopped pecans until well incorporated.
- Spread evenly on top of pie filling.
- Top each slice with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream just before serving for a wonderful combination.
- Store your pie covered at room temperature for two days or in the refrigerator for up to four days.