Prep time: About 40 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Step 1: Greek Yogurt Crust Instructions
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 egg yolk
4-5 tablespoons* non-fat Greek yogurt
**Highly suggested that recipe is doubled for larger pies**
In the bowl of a mixer (with paddle attachment) add flour, sugar, and salt. Turn the mixer on low just until combined (a few seconds)Add the butter. Turn the mixer on low speed, until the mixture has coarse crumbs of butter throughout, about 45 seconds.
Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients and Butter
Using the bowl of a mixer with a paddle attachment, add the flour, sugar, and salt. Turn the mixer on low just until ingredients are combined (A few seconds) Add the butter. Turn the mixer on low speed, until their are coarse crumbles of butter throughout, about 45 seconds.
Step 3: Mix Yogurt and Egg Yolk
In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolk and the Greek yogurt until combined and smooth. Add the mixture to the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed again, for about 15 seconds (being careful not to over mix at this stage), or until the mixture is moist and shaggy and forms into a ball when squeezed with hands.
Step 4: Shaping and Prepping the Dough
Shape the mixture into a ball gingerly with your hands and turn it out onto a floured work surface. Shape the dough into a round disc, and refrigerate the dough for a minimum 30 minutes before baking.
Step 5: The Filling
5-6 large green pears, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1-2 tbsp. chai spice (may be used from chai tea bags, chai latte spice powder, or other form)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp. cold butter cut into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl until ingredients are distributed evenly among the pear slices
Step 6: Rolling Out Pie Crust and Adding Filling
Layer all pear slices into the pie pan