Five-Spice Pear-Apple Pie

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Total Time
1hr 30mins
30 mins
1 hr

Anise, one of the more exotic spices in five-spice powder, stands out in this fruit pie.

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  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples, pears, lemon zest, lemon juice, orange juice, and 1/2 cup sugar; set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and five-spice powder; stir mixture into the fruit.
  3. Transfer filling to the chilled pie shell; smooth filling with you hands to even it out.
  4. Place the pie on the center oven rack of a 400° oven; bake for 30 minutes.
  5. To make the topping: put the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, and salt in the container of a food processor; pulse several times to mix.
  6. Scatter the butter over the mixture; pulse until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  7. Empty crumbs into a bowl and rub them between your fingers to make large, buttery crumbs; refrigerate until ready to use.
  8. Take pie out of oven and lower oven temperature to 375°.
  9. Distribute crumbs evenly over top of pie; tamp them down lightly.
  10. Return pie to oven (rotate pie so that the part that faced the back of the oven now faces the front); place a foil-lined baking sheet onto the rack below to catch any spills.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes or until the juices bubble thickly around the edge.
  12. Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool at least 1 hour before serving.