So, after some prompting and some trial-and-error situations with the neighbor, I decided to attempt again, on my own, the Baked Pear Parcel from Veggie Belly.
I had four pears. I don't know if they were bosch, or whatever it was she called for in the recipe. I just know they were pears. For two of them, I decided to use leftover store-bought pie crust. They actually turned out pretty well. I didn't have chamomile tea, so I made the tea sauce using a cinnamon-apple tea instead.
For the next two pears, I followed her pie-crust recipe to the letter. *sigh* The result is considerably less impressive...
I present to you: Pear-nobyl:
note, if you will, not only the sugar-cookie-esque failure that is the forefront of the photo, but also the total and complete dough melt-down in the back that in no small way resembles pie-dough up-chuck. Alas...homemade dough is apparently not my forte!