When we lived in the big blue house on the river, we had a lot of fruit trees. When I moved, I always went by and picked fruit to eat until I could get back. We had two pear trees. They were so good. I had to find different ways of fixing pears. This pie is easy to make. You can buy ready-made pie crust or make your own.
Creamy Pear Pie
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust shell
4 cups peeled, sliced pears
1⁄3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄2 teaspoon lemon extract
1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Topping: 1⁄4 cup flour
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
• In bowl, toss pears with sugar and flour. Combine sour cream and extracts, add to pear mixture and mix well. Pour into pie shell. In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over pears.
• Bake 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 degrees, bake 45 minutes more or until pears are tender.
Jackie Lindley is a great-grandmother and retired Clark County, Ill., farmer. Send comments and recipes to her at 20472 E. 500th Road, West Union, IL 62477.