Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing

“AUTUMN, THE YEAR’S LAST, LOVELIEST SMILE.”  William Cullen Bryant.

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing | From My Sweet Heart

With fall baking comes pies!  Lots of pies!  I love pie and I love making them.  And the finished product is always so impressive.  But when you just want an itty bitty bite…. it’s hard to cut yourself just a little sliver.  You know what I mean!  That piece of pie, which is so tall and full and stands so proud on your plate…..well as delicious as it may be ….it’s reduced to a fruity crumbly mess when you try to cut just a thin slice.  So here is all of the goodness of a pie, in this case pear, in a flatter form.  I’ve cut these into little pie wedges; but you can cut them into bars or squares.  So cut yourself a small piece ….because you’ll still have the bottom crust, the top crust and all that great fruit in between!  And the interesting ingredient in this recipe (at least to me) was……..

 

…….cornflakes!   Yes…cornflakes are called for in the filling.  I’m thinking to help absorb the juice of the fruit so it won’t be a runny mess.  And I loved the addition of Chinese 5 Spice.  Just a little departure from the traditional pie spices.  The only thing I might suggest is to add some chopped nuts to the filling.  Since you are baking these as a ‘flatter pie’….I think it would give a bit more texture.  Of course….ice cream would do that as well!

 

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing | From My Sweet Heart

Yields:  approximately 32 bars

Level of Difficulty:  Easy

 

PEAR FILLING:

  • 6 ripe pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of crushed cornflakes
  • 1 teaspoon of five spice powder

Simply combine all of these ingredients in an extra large bowl and set aside.

 

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing | From My Sweet Heart

CRUST:

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 1/2 cup of cold butter
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of water
  • 1 egg white, beaten

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening and the butter until the pieces are the size of peas.  I used my hands at the end to work the larger pieces.

Whisk together the egg yolks and the milk.  Gradually stir this mixture into the flour mixture, tossing with a fork to moisten.  Sprinkle 2-3 Tablespoons of water over the mix.  Toss gently until all of the mixture is moistened.  Knead gently until the mix holds together.  Gather the mix into a ball.  Divide the ball into 2 portions.  If you are not using this right away, wrap each separately and chill.

Cut out 2 pieces of waxed paper to fit the bottom of a 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking sheet.  Using one portion of dough, roll between the two sheets until they form the necessary sized rectangle.  Peel off one sheet of paper, turn the dough over into the bottom of the pan, and peel the other sheet of paper away.  Gently pat the edges and corners to fit the pan.  Spoon the fruit filling evenly over the bottom dough.  And repeat the rolling process for the top crust.  Using damp fingers, press the edges of the 2 crusts together.  Cut several slits in the top crust and brush lightly with egg white.

Bake for 45-50 minutes until the pastry is golden.  The fruit should be bubbly and tender.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Drizzle with orange icing.  Let this stand till the icing is set and then cut into bars.

 

Five Spice Pear Pie Bars with Orange Icing | From My Sweet Heart

ORANGE ICING:

  • 1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk

Stir together all ingredients to get a drizzling consistency.

 

I love this recipe because it lends itself to variety.  Any fruit will do here.  And a sugar icing or a caramel icing would be wonderful.  Also….it’s more portable than eating a piece of pie!  If you actually cut these into bars…you can count on about 32 bars.

Enjoy!

:-)

 

Recipe slightly adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

Comments

  1. says

    Wow.. Anne great recipe!! I am really interested in the 5 spice powder in the recipe. That’s a lot of flavor punch right there. Thank you for the cornflake tip! You teach me something new every time. Hope you’re having a great weekend!! ~ Ramona

    PS… now I know why my white glaze never turns our right… I don’t use enough confectioner’s sugar. See I learned two things this time. You’re the best! : )

  2. says

    Pretty, and aromatic with cornflakes no less. You have a winner here Ms. Anne. I’ve been thinking about baking with pies this fall and this is confirmation. Yummy!

  3. says

    This is a great go to recipe for when you want the taste of pie but do not need a big pie sitting around (small family). I have never had pears in pie form before, but this is inspiring. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe.

  4. says

    Anne – this is incredible! Such a great idea for that “sliver” of pie….although that doesn’t often happen with me! :o) I am a huge fan of orange zest in glaze. Who am I kidding? I’m a fan of orange zest in baked goods!

    Nicely done and buzzed!

  5. says

    This looks so good!!!! I love pie and I totally use Chinese 5 spice in my apple pies so this sounds perfect! If you cut yourself small pieces of this how many can you eat to equal a full piece of pie? Just curious so when I make this and jam a bunch of “small” pieces in my mouth I know when I’ve had more than I should lol.

  6. says

    Ah yes, the sliver that turns into another tiny smidge that turns into another little lick, that turns into … :) This looks delightful Anne and I just love seeing pear this time of year mixed in with the apples and pumpkins. I always enjoy your opening quotes. Thanks for that too!

  7. says

    Anne this sounds like a wonderful recipe! I love pie in a bar & that you used pears, they get overlooked a lot! They look delish with the orange glaze too! Also wanted to thank you for the birthday wishes & your kind words :) So happy you liked the post!

  8. says

    oh yea, that tiny little pie bite followed by another pie bite and another and another – who was I kidding, I ate a pie slice in a heart bit :))
    Love your pear pie bars, and the addition on cornflakes to suck the juices, brilliant!

  9. Anne says

    Hey thanks everyone….and this recipe would be good with most any fruit….and you can always use the more traditional spices than five spice. I just dare you to have one piece! ;- O

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