By: EatingWell User
Well worth the effot.
This sounds like an intensive project, which it is, but I've made much more difficult desserts. What I loved was the emphasis on fall fruits and the reliance on their sweetness for the flavor. The crust was incredible. I'm guessing it was the Neufch+ótel that made it so amazing. I'd actually recommend this crust for every other pie project!
Notes: if your apples and pears are sweet (tart apples aren't necessary, I used very sweet ones and they worked well) don't bother adding sugar to them. The gingersnap crust perfectly complemented the pears, but was strange with the apples; the molasses was overpowering. Cut back on molasses if you have sweet apples.
Also, I didn't make the glaze because I felt there was enough sugar already, but without it the fruit isn't as pretty - it looks dry.
Pros: Not too sweet, delectable crust, seasonable fruits, very beautiful
Cons: gingersnap crust was strange