I am so excited that our new house has a matured and producing pear tree! But the only question was... when are they ready?! Pick them after the first one falls to the ground, I was told. That is to mitigate any bees arriving on scene. And to ensure they are indeed ripe, grab each pear on the tree and lift it to a ninety degree angle. If it falls right off into the palm of your hand, they're ready!
So I saw one on the ground, and we went running! Indeed, we tilted them to the side and they fell right off. It was so exciting! But a few bushels later, my next question was - now what do I do with all of these? Of course we cut into a few right away, but then we had to get creative... so while I had never had it before, or maybe even heard of it before, I decided to try to make a Pear Pie!
The steps were simple, I followed the same pie crust recipe and fruit cooking technique that I do for my Homemade Apple Pie. Both work like a charm!