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Custard Pie

Pears come in more than 5,000 varieties. Choose ones that are firm, without blemishes and with stems attached. The pears at the supermarket have often spent a few months in cool storage, so they are usually a few days from being fully ripe.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 1 hour
  • servings: 6




  • 3 Comice or Bartlett pears, peeled, halved, cored, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter a 9-inch pie dish. Peel, halve, and core 3 Comice or Bartlett pears; slice 1/4 inch thick lengthwise. Arrange slices, overlapping slightly, in dish.

  2. Step 2

    In a blender, process 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter, 1/3 cup each granulated sugar and all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 large eggs, 3/4 cup milk, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth.

  3. Step 3

    Pour batter over pears; bake until golden and firm to touch, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar.

Everyday Food, October 2003



Reviews (14)

  • 15 Nov, 2011

    This recipe is great! I have made this with pears and sprinkled a little cardamom in it and I have also made this with apples and added some Cinnamon.

  • 7 Nov, 2011

    Pretty disappointed with this custard. Came out really eggy tasting.

  • 25 Dec, 2010

    Ya'll..... please don't laugh, but I did not want to make my planned sweet potato pie, so I made this without the pears. just the custard. I really like it too. So easy and much less work.

  • 27 Feb, 2010

    This recipe is fantastic!
    Taste like it camefrom a French country p?

  • 15 Dec, 2009

    Fantastic that the above person is perusing the internet for grammatical infractions! Get a life, enjoy the great recipe, easy and a WOW crowdpleaser, or is that incorrect English??

  • 20 Nov, 2009

    I made this last night and it was delicious! I swapped apples for pears - I used two apples (one large and one small). Two layers of overlapping apples. Wonderful. I can't wait to make it again soon!

  • 18 Nov, 2008

    Could I make with apples also?

  • 16 Oct, 2008

    I love this recipe, but the bake time is too long. I only bake it 20 to 25 minutes and its perfect. Could the bake time be a typo.

  • 28 Sep, 2008

    I agree with everyone about how easy it is. And delicious, especially with the Barlett's from my yard! When the comice are ready I will try it with them as well.

  • 12 Aug, 2008

    Super easy to make and it tasted great! And it comes out looking exactly like the photo, will make again in the Fall.

  • 30 Apr, 2008

    Very easy to make especially when you need a fast to make dessert with unexpected guests! My husband likes it.

  • 8 Feb, 2008

    I made this and it was an absolute hit! I think next time I'm going to swap out the pears and place apples instead with some freshly ground cinnamon. So simple to make!

  • 25 Nov, 2007

    Easy to make. Everyone raved about it at Thanksgiving because it was refreshing and not too heavy or sweet. I will be making this again and again!

  • 24 Nov, 2007

    A very easy dessert to make. Great with dark chocolate ice-cream