This Apple Pear Gruyere Pie is full of sweet, salty & slightly savory flavors that team up in a leaf-laden, show-stopping pie. Sweet pear & crisp apple filling gets sugared, spiced & tossed with vanilla browned butter. It bakes under a layer of flaky, all butter pie dough mixed with salty & nutty Gruyere cheese that bubbles up as it bakes.
This morning I walked the dog and stopped in my tracks to admire the fallen leaves in the park. After 6 years in California, I'd nearly forgotten what a beautiful show the PNW puts on this time of year. The sun was low. The rays seemed to backlight the fallen leaves with a warm glow that can only happen here. This Apple Pear Gruyere Pie features a big ol' messy pile of crusty dough leaves inspired by the PNW late fall leaf magic.
Life has been bananas lately. I realize I say that a lot, but the past few months have been downright bonkers. I barely remember anything since August. We moved back to Portland in October. With moving, unpacking, and trying to get caught up on work during my busiest season, I am nearly catatonic.
And while I have zero time for it, I just had to get this recipe for my Apple Pear Gruyere Pie out to the world before Thanksgiving! I've been rolling it around in my head for a while now. Yesterday the apples & pears at my local grocery store looked so pristine, I decided to make it happen! So without further ado, here is my Apple Pear Gruyere Pie in all its leaf-laden glory.
If you've been following me for a while, you know that my all-time favorite recipe is my Apple Cheddar Pie. I've been baking it for at least 15 years now. Maybe 20. Let's go with 15 so I don't feel quite as old as I am. I've decided to explore a bit with that tried & true recipe and create this Apple Pear Gruyere Pie.
Start with all butter pie dough
It starts with the same All Butter Vodka Pie Dough recipe that I use in all of my pies. And like my Apple Cheddar pie, it has cheese baked right into the crust! This time, I wanted to get a little more sophisticated with the flavors. I added some silky pears to the filling and Gruyere cheese to the crust.
How to balance sweet and savory
This Apple Pear Gruyere Pie teeters on that magic spot between sweet and savory. The nutty, saltiness from the gruyere is amped up when it bakes into the buttery, flaky crust. The filling is a simple mix of sliced and chopped apples & pears. I personally like pears but I don't love pears. So the blend of crisp Pink Lady Apples & Bartlett Pears strikes the right balance in flavor and texture for me. You could go all pear or all apple if you prefer just one. The fruit gets are all dolled up with sugars & spices. I've also browned some butter and infused it with a vanilla bean to give the filling a deeper, more intense flavor. The browned butter is perfect against the sweet and spiced fruit filling underneath. The simultaneously salty and sweet, tender crust is enough to skip the whole Thanksgiving to-do and head straight for dessert!
Tip: make the pie dough ahead of time and freeze it
I don't know how I did it, but I am so glad I got this Apple Pear Gruyere Pie up on the blog for you before the holidays hit. I suggest prepping and assembling the pie few days ahead. Keep it safe in the freezer and bake it up the night before. This will make your life tremendously easier.
Just know that once this Apple Pear Gruyere Pie is baking, it's hard to resist. It fills the whole house with the bubbly scent of melting gruyere, wintery spice and buttery goodness. So be ready, it goes quickly. Promise me you will save yourself a slice of this Apple Pear Gruyere Pie to quietly savor for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving. There is no better indulgence than pie for breakfast.