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Title: Almond-Topped Pear Pie
Categories: Dessert Fruit Pie
Yield: 6 Servings

2tsButter or margarine
1/2tsLemon rind; grated
4 Pears; medium, *
1cFlour, unbleached
1/4tsGinger, ground
1/2cAlmonds; coarsely chopped
1/4tsGinger, ground
1/2cCorn syrup; dark karo
1tsLemon juice
1 Pie shell, unbaked 9-inch ------almond topping-------
1/2cBrown sugar; firmly packed
1/2cButter or margarine

* The pears should be pared and thinly sliced. There should be about 4 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++ Combine the cornstarch, ginger and salt in a large bowl. Add the corn syrup, melted butter, lemon juice and lemon rind, stirring until smooth. Add the pears and toss until well coated with the corn syrup mixture. Arrange the mixture into the unbaked pie shell. Prepare the Almond Topping and sprinkle over the pears. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F. oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. and bake an additional 30 minutes or until the topping and crust are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. ALMOND TOPPING: Combine the flour, brown sugar, and ginger in a bowl. Cut in the butter, using a pastry blender, until crumbly. Stir in the almonds.