"Inspired by picking local pears at the farmers’ market and awaiting the warm aroma of five-spice powder while the pie bakes makes this a family favorite." Lisa Keys
Chilling the pastry allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer than 45 minutes, let pastry soften slightly at room temperature before rolling.
To prevent excessive browning, cover crust edge with a 2- to 3-inch strip of foil; remove foil during last 15 minutes of baking.