Pear Custard Pie Recipe
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Pear Custard Pie Recipe

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Marie Rizzio of Interlochen, Michigan shares the secret of this mouthwatering pie. "When cooked, the pears become incredibly sweet, soft and fragrant," she relates.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
  • 4-1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe pears (about 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 459 calories, 25 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 114 mg cholesterol, 185 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove the foil; bake 3 minutes longer. Reduce heat to 350°.
  2. Place pears in pastry shell. In a bowl, combine sugar, flour and nutmeg. Whisk in eggs, 1/4 cup cream, butter, lemon peel and vanilla. Pour over pears.
  3. Cover edges loosely with foil. bake for 50 minutes or until filling is just set (mixture will jiggle). Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate until serving. In a bowl, whip the remaining cream with cinnamon. Serve with pie. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Pear Custard Pie in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p46

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

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