The 12 Pies of Christmas: A Partridge in a Pear Pie

Twelve days ’till Christmas!

I, much like my children, cannot wait for Christmas day. So to celebrate this wonderful season and fill the days with fun, today begins



Now, this guy is not a partridge by any means, but he’s cute, and he plays an important role in today’s Christmas pie, Pear Pie with Streusel and Caramel Sauce. I found the recipe when I was researching the 12 Days of Christmas online.

Historically, the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 25, but there’s no way I’m waiting until then. Soon after that, people are thinking about diets and stuff, and I’m gonna need help eating all these pies!

The pear part of the pie was pretty basic. I used a store-bought crust because I had one. The pie ingredients included pears, of course, mixed with sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon. Easy enough.

I decided to add the “partridge” because he helps keep the pie from getting too juicy, and more importantly, because the First Day of Christmas Pie MUST include a partridge.

The topping for the pie was a crumbly, struesel stuff made of butter, flour, and brown sugar. I mixed it up with a fork and sprinkled it over the fruit filling. The pie baked for an hour and only cooled for about 10 minutes before me and my “true love” dug in. It seemed fitting to share the first piece with him–he makes every day feel like Christmas!


It only took a few minutes to make the caramel sauce on the stove top. It had brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, butter, and a little water.

Now, the slice didn’t really look very slicy, but when I poured that caramel sauce on top and had a bite, it didn’t matter. Many, many thanks for whoever created this recipe–I would have never thought of adding that sauce. So tasty!

It was the perfect after-lunch treat for me and the hubby on a chilly, gray afternoon.

What a delicious way to count down the 12 Days of Christmas!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s pie, and

find a way to celebrate today–whether you’ve got a real partridge or not!