Pear Custard Pie

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


8 servings

Updated: Nov. 27, 2022
Marie Rizzio of Interlochen, Michigan shares the secret of this mouthwatering pie. "When cooked, the pears become incredibly sweet, soft and fragrant," she relates.


  • 1 unbaked pie 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 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  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 zest 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 459 calories, 25g fat (14g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.