First Day of Christmas: Partridge Pear-Raspberry Pot Pie

Remember that song about the Twelve Days of Christmas? Sure you do. There were some drummers, some birds, some rings… Yeah, it’s not that important. That’s why we’re giving you our own take, one number a day until Christmas, so that you can celebrate the holidays by making something you’d actually want to eat. Now get counting and cooking. 


Christmas is in the air! It’s all around us! Every store aisle smells like Evergreen and people are in a giving mood. My kitchen is filling up with Christmas-themed food and calories don’t count for the month of December. Right?

So on the first day of our countdown (or countup, in this case), we have a partridge in a pear tree. Or a Partridge Pear-Raspberry Pot Pie.

Nothing tastes better than a miniature pear-raspberry pot pie. A warm flaky exterior with a gooey, fruity interior. Trust me, you’ll like this way more than an old bird.

Partridge Pear-Raspberry Pot Pie 

1 box ready-to-bake pie crusts
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 firm-ripe pears, halved, cored, peeled, and cut in 1″ chunks
1 cup fresh or unsweetened frozen raspberries
2 teaspoons milk
*You’ll need 6 deep (1 cup) ramekins that measure 3 1/2″ across and a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.

Place over rack in lowest position. Preheat to 400 degrees F.

Unroll pie crusts and cut three 4 1/2″ circles from each crust. Then a 1″ circle from the center of each. Discard leftover dough.

Mix 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and cinnamon in large bowl. Add pears and raspberries, tossing to coat. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins.

Center crust rounds over filling. Turn overhanging dough underneath to made a stand-up edge. Flute or crimp edge, pressing pastry onto the rim.

Brush middle of crusts with milk and sprinkle remaining sugar over the top. Place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until filling bubbles and juice thickens. Remove pies to a wire rack and cool. Can serve warm or at room temperature.

Don’t forget to turn on 12 Days of Christmas while you enjoy your partridge pear-raspberry pot pie!

Post by Kaie Paige. Recipe from