Easy Pear and Almond Impossible Pie

Easy Pear and Almond Impossible Pie
Easy Pear and Almond Impossible Pie

Pear and almond impossible pie is said to be impossible to fail when you make it. Created in the USA in the early 1970’s by General Mills, makers of a product called Bisquick which is an all purpose baking mix, not readily available here in Australia.

The recipe featured on the box for Bisquick and apparently was the most successful corporate recipe in US food marketing history. So no wonder there are a gazillion recipes floating about for both sweet and savoury versions.

ingredients for pear and almond impossible pie on a marble table

This pear and almond impossible pie is a fabulous pantry standby dessert that only takes minutes to make. I was making this dessert in the early 80’s and it had completely slipped off my baking radar until now. I guess it is the constant quest to discover the next fabulous recipe to make that sometimes a favourite just goes to the back of the pack. Not anymore!

Why it works

Impossible pies form their own crust with the flour sinking to the bottom of a custard mix.

Just one bowl and 5 minutes

Impossible pie is made in minutes. You can either mix it by hand or use an electric mixer.

all ingredients for pear and almond impossible pie in a glass bowl
all ingredients except the pears in a bowl ready to mix

The mixture

The mixture is ‘very liquid’ and quite unlike a batter for a cake, so don’t think you’ve made a mistake or the recipe is wrong. It’s all part of the ‘impossible’ story.

pouring pear and almond impossible pie batter into pie plate
the batter is very runny

The coconut

We used unsweetened shredded coconut as we like the long shreds of coconut rather than the very fine desiccated coconut. The recipe will be fine if using desiccated, but the shredded gives a lovely chewy texture.

Mix it up

Swap out the pears for apples, mango, peaches, nectarines or plums.

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Easy Pear and Almond Impossible Pie
Yield: 10-12 slices

Pear and Almond Impossible Pie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Pear and almond impossible pie is super quick to put together.


  • 1/2 cup plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 125g (4 1/2 ounces) butter, melted
  • 4 x 60g (2 ounce) eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 410g (14 ounce) can pear slices in natural syrup, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds


  • preheat oven to 180c  (355f) on bake, not fan forced 
  • lightly butter a 24cm (9 1/2 inch) pie dish
  • sift flour and cinnamon together into a large bowl
  • add sugar, coconut, milk and beaten eggs, melted butter,  and syrup and mix to combine
  • fold through chopped pear pieces
  • pour into prepared dish
  • sprinkle with almonds
  • bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and set
  • remove from oven and serve either hot, or cold.
  • enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 177Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 2mgSodium 65mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 25gProtein 2g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

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  1. Jakki Aebi says:

    Hi girls and Cooper,

    This recipe sounds great but would like to know if I could swap the Golden Syrup for Maple Syrup also my oven is Fan Forced only, can I still bake this ? Lower temperature maybe?

    Many Thanks


    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Jakki, It is a lovely recipe and you can definitely swap the golden syrup, for maple syrup. You will need to lower your oven to 160c (320f) for fan. Love to hear how you enjoyed this impossible pie. Kind regards, Jo, Jen and Coops

      1. Jakki Aebi says:

        Hi Jo, Jen and Coops,

        Wow! What a fantastic recipe, so easy to make!
        I baked this in a Fan Forced oven at 160 degrees and it needed 1 hour 10 minutes.
        I did swap the Golden syrup for Maple syrup and used Ardmona Pie Apples instead of pears.
        Served it up warm with whipped cream.
        The whole family loved it, will definitely be making this again!

        Many Thanks

        1. Recipe Winners says:

          Hi Jakki, So glad you and your family enjoyed this great recipe. Thanks for the comments. Regards,Jen and Coops

  2. BARRY GRAHAM says:

    Hi, am relatively new o your site & really love it but a question about your recipes?
    When it says “not fanforced” does this mean one should not used fan forced or would i5 still be ok to use After lowering temp to adjust?

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Barry, we always like to note if the baking was done using fan force or bake (no fan) as the oven temp varies. So to answer your question I can’t see a problem with using fan force as long as you lower the temp accordingly. Really hope you enjoy the tart, would love to hear how it goes for you. Jo and Jen

  3. Too eggy and didn’t really go pie like , it was more a pudding. Will try it with less eggs

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Jan, sorry to read you felt it was too “eggy”. We have amended the recipe to say 60g eggs, maybe your eggs were larger than 60g. Please do let us know if you make it again using less eggs as it was a recipe from the Australian Women’s Weekly and they say they “triple test’ each recipe. Regards, Jen and Jo

  4. This sounds great! Can it be made without the coconut or is there a substitute for coconut? My family doesn’t like coconut 🙁

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Sharon, we haven’t made the pear and almond impossible pie without the coconut but we think it would be seriously missed for the texture that the coconut brings. We have an amazing pear and almond crustless tart that is ridiculously easy to make and is seriously delicious that we think might be perfect for you so we have attached the link – just copy and paste into your browser. https://www.recipewinners.com/pear-and-almond-crustless-tart-gluten-free/ Hope this helps. Jo and Jen

  5. Could you sub out the flour for almond flour?

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Ash, we’ve not tried this recipe subbing out the flour for almond flour (almond meal). However, if your wanting to use the almond flour to make it gluten free just swap the flour for gluten free flour. Regards, Jo and Jen

  6. Awesome recipe and a delight to eat. Will definitely make this Winner again.

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Sarah, thrilled you enjoyed this delicious impossible pie. Thanks for commenting, Jo and Jen

  7. Love this recipe, super easy and very versatile.
    Lovely with any tin fruit or poach your own.
    I have made this with fresh poached pears, tin pineapple,
    Winner of a recipe like many that I have made from you Girls. Thank you Jo & Jen

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hello Sarah, we’re pleased you enjoyed the recipe and yes it’s versatile with many fruits. Thanks for commenting,regards Jo and Jen

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