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Blueberry Custard Pie

This blueberry custard pie is one of my husband’s favorite desserts. We pick our own fresh blueberries; they make the pie even better. One piece is never enough. —Sonja Jenner, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar


  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with pastry; trim and flute edges. Line unpricked pastry with a double-thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in blueberries and orange juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Cover and set aside.
  • For custard, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature without stirring; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tarter on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour blueberry mixture into pie shell; top with custard. Spread meringue evenly over filling, sealing edges to crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 356 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Dellast
    Jan 12, 2020

    This is a very good pie and should be made when you have lots of time to make it. I made it as directed but used 4 cups of blueberries without changing anything else. When I make it again, I will reduce the sugar in the blueberries and the meringue as it boarders on the too sweet side. I had no trouble with not having enough custard or the pie setting up. By the time I got to the assembly of the pie, everything was at room temperature and It turned out as pictured and is a really beautiful pie to serve. This pie is worth the time it takes to make it.

  • Shira
    Dec 18, 2018

    Holy smokes that looks good! could I make this without meringue and use whipping cream instead? Also, could I make this 1 2 3 days ahead of time? thanks! Shira (the mustang girl)

  • jvaliante
    Jun 27, 2016

    I made this pie lots of times,always comes out great,you don't have to cool down the custard,just make the berry filling,set aside,make the custard filling set aside,make meringue then assemble.You do need one of those rubber spatula things to scrape all the custard out of the pot....And you have to use whole milk or it won't make the custard thick enough in volume to cover the bberries.Was one of my father in laws favorite pies.

  • Camerashyfemale
    May 25, 2015

    THE RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS MAKE NO SENSE! It says to cool the custard filling to room temp and then instructs you to put the meringue topping over the "hot filling" !!?? The photo clearly shows the blueberry filling placed into the pie shell first, followed by the COOLED custard. Meringue MUST always be placed over HOT filling before baked.Also, there is barely enough custard filling to thinly cover the blueberries, certainly not the nice thick layer shown in the photo. This recipe is flawed on SO MANY LEVELS!

  • BrownieQueen2
    Dec 1, 2013

    This is a delicious pie! I served it at Thanksgiving and it got rave reviews. I like more custard so I doubled that part.

  • Patty H-G
    Jul 12, 2011

    I am not a big pie maker but this one was wonderful! It was well worth the work of making the custard and meringue. My son demanded the recipe and made one the next week. I will make it again!

  • destine
    Jul 16, 2010

    I made this for my husband who loves blueberry pie. He absolutely loved it. He's the pie maker in the family and he said that this pie tasted better than his. Next time I will make it in a bigger pie pan. My 9 inch Pyrex pan wasn't big enough. I also let the custard cool to room temperature like the recipe instructed but it had turned thin and watery by then. I don't know what I did wrong. Nevertheless, this pie was delicious. I am usually indifferent about blueberry pie but even I loved this.

  • "Baker"
    Nov 15, 2009

    Love this pie recipe. Made this pie many times in the past couple months. True, it does take a little time to make, but it is well worth it.

  • mary2171
    Aug 16, 2009

    Gosh, that pie sounds wonderful!!

  • "Baker"
    Aug 15, 2009

    This is a very good pie. It takes a little longer to make than some pies, but it is well worth it.