There are the typical popular seasonal fall flavors – pumpkin galore, apple, and cranberry.  I think pears sometimes get the short end of the stick.  Even though they are in their prime throughout fall and winter, pears are often passed over for the usual seasonal standbys.  With Thanksgiving around the corner, I was inspired to make a pie featuring the humble pear because with all their juicy sweetness and a little added spice, they are anything but humble.  The subtle flavor of the pears finally takes the starring role, and the crunchy oat and almond topping adds a nice finishing touch.  This pie would surely be a welcome addition to any holiday spread.

Since pears can often be excessively juicy, I wondered a bit at how they would fare in a pie.  I made sure to purchase pears that were still on the firm side, and it worked beautifully.  The fruit was softened, but not too much, and gave off just the right amount of juice in the final product.  You can use whatever variety of pears you prefer.  I used a blend of red and green D’Anjou and Barletts because that is what I had on hand.

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