Pumpkin Pie with Pomegranate Poached Pears

A sweet poached pear topping takes traditional pumpkin pie to a whole new level.

Pumpkin Pie with Pomegranate Poached Pears
Hands On Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 recipe Baked Piecrust

  • 2 small Bosc pears

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice

  • ½ cup ruby port

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 star anise

  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon orange zest

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream

  • 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch

  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds

  • 1 clementine, peeled and sectioned

Baked Piecrust

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup butter, cut into cubes

  • 2 tablespoon shortening

  • 4 tablespoon very cold water


  1. Prepare Baked Pastry Shell; set aside. Peel pears and cut in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller to remove cores from pears. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine the pomegranate juice, port, sugar, and star anise. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add the pear halves. Return liquid to simmering. Simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until pears are just tender. Remove from heat and transfer the pears and poaching liquid to a bowl. Chill until ready to use.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, orange zest, and allspice. Add eggs; stir until combined. Gradually stir in the cream until combined. Carefully pour pumpkin mixture into baked pastry shell. Cover edges of pie with foil to prevent overbrowning and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until edges are puffed and the center appears set. Cool on a wire rack. Chill within 2 hours.

  3. Remove pears from poaching liquid and slice lengthwise. In a small saucepan stir together 1/2 cup of the poaching liquid and the cornstarch until combined. Discard remaining liquid and anise. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in pomegranate seeds and clementine sections. Top pie with pear slices and pomegranate mixture.

Baked Piecrust

  1. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in butter and shortening until pea-sized. Add 1 tablespoon water over a portion of the flour mixture, tossing gently with a fork. Move moistened dough to the side of the bowl and continue with remaining water until all dough is moistened. Knead together dough in about 6 to 8 strokes until it holds together. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface into a 13-inch circle. Fold dough into quarters and transfer to a 9-inch pie plate with point in the center; unfold. Trim edges of pastry about 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold the extra pastry under itself to form the edge.

  3. Crimp edge of pie crust as desired. Poke sides and bottom of crust with a fork. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil and weight the dough with pie weights or dried beans. Bake crust for 10 to 12 minutes or until dry and set. Carefully remove foil and weights and bake another 3 to 4 minutes or until very lightly brown. Cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

437 Calories
17g Fat
62g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 437
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 412mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 363mg 8%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 67.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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