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Cook the Book: Miss Oleda Halliburton's East Pear Pie on a Baking Sheet

Book CoverFree-form pies, sometimes called "galettes," are one of the most homey and rustic desserts out there. A simple crust is folded around a heaping pile of fresh fruit sprinkled with sugar, then baked on a cookie sheet until caramelized and golden. The most famous of these comforting tarts use apples, but blueberries, peaches, and plums are also common.

Today's Cook the Book recipe, excerpted from Sweetie Pies by Patty Pinner, is for Miss Oleda Halliburton's East Pear Pie on a Baking Sheet. Generously spiced with vanilla and cinnamon, this pie is incredibly simple to prepare, yet sure to impress. Come autumn, we'll be serving our slices with mugs of hot cider.

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