Pear Custard Pie

pear custard pie

PREP TIME: 15 min.

COOK TIME: 40-45 min.

What did I during the 40-45 minutes of cook time? A LOT.

After putting the custard pie into the oven and setting the timer, I cleaned up the kitchen, gathered laundry piles, sorted laundry piles and then put a load of laundry in the washer. I ran upstairs, checked my email, glanced at my phone, wrote 2 emails, read my horoscope, checked my online bank statement, sent a silly text message, checked my email again and ran downstairs. I proceeded to squeeze my cats, then I picked up a rogue sock off the floor, placed that sock in the hamper, grabbed a glass of water, glanced at the timer, checked out my eyebrows in the mirror, got the mail and then ran back into the kitchen. I laid a nice tea towel down in preparation for the pie, grabbed a few forks, and realized there was an entire surface of counter that I missed in my cleaning up process and then I waited.

pear custard pie

The pie came out of the oven and I stared at it impatiently. I went into my kitchen cabinet and grabbed some confectioner’s sugar, brought it over to the sink to load up my little strainer and proceeded to spill some sugar all over myself and the counter (I always do this!). I dusted the top with confectioner’s sugar then I dove into the pie and totally messed up the first slice. Oh well. I stood on a chair to take a few shots then I almost fell but luckily I braced myself. I stepped down from the chair and quickly ate the messed up slice. Realizing that my husband would want some, I scooped out a slice and walked over to him happily sharing what I just made.

pear custard pie

Not only was this pie a perfectly comforting treat on a chilly afternoon, it was so light and fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness. The pears were incredibly tender!  I heard his fork hit the plate a few times and then I heard a slight thud of the plate on the table. I looked over to see that he had stopped. He looked at me apologetically because he didn’t want to finish. Then I remembered that he doesn’t like custard based desserts. Sad trombone. How could I possibly be mad when the prep time was so short? Look at all I accomplished during that cook time.  I guess that means more for me, right? At least he ate two bites.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering! This is it. Crazy, huh?

pear custard pie

Peel, core & slice the pears. Layer them on a buttered pie plate.

pear custard pie

In a blender mix all the custard ingredients and BLEND til smooth.

pear custard pie

Pour the custard base over the pears.

pear custard pie

Now the custard pie is ready to go into the oven.

pear custard pie

After about 45 minutes it looks like this! And now it’s ready for its sugar shower!

pear custard pie

Pear Custard Pie meets confectioner’s sugar. In real life I call it powdered sugar.

pear custard pie

Get in that pie!

pear custard pie

And yeah…the first few slices are not the prettiest but who cares?? They taste great.

Pear Custard Pie

serves 6

(recipe from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted plus more for the pie dish
  • 3 ripe but firm Comice or Bartlett pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 1/3 cup  sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350F; butter a 9 inch pie dish. Slice the pears 1/4 inch thick lengthwise. Arrange the slices, overlapping slices, in the dish.

In a blender, process the melted butter, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, eggs, milk and salt until smooth.

Pour the batter over the pears; bake until golden and firm to the touch, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, dusting with confectioner’s sugar.

Shutterbean Notes:

-I used Comice pears for this

-I think an addition of almond extract would be SUPER in this.

-If you want to be fancy, serve with a cinnamon ice cream. Yum!

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  • November 16, 2011

    This looks sooo good. Custard-ey and creamy and rich. Reminds me of making clafoutis. Pretty much just lay down fruit in a pan and whip up the ‘batter’ in a Vita and pour over and bake. Love the simple ones that don’t taste simple. This looks…incredible!

  • November 16, 2011

    This looks sooooo yummy!!!! I wish I had more people around so I could make all of these awesome baked goods without gaining 10 lbs. a week!

  • November 16, 2011

    Well, I now have dessert for this evening! Thanks for such a delicious and super simple recipe!

  • November 16, 2011

    I LOVE recipes like this, where you can prep and then completely clean up while it cooks. I’m such a multitasker. Not to mention that it looks so yummy!

  • November 16, 2011

    I’ve never had a pear pie!

  • November 16, 2011

    i would do the same things…except squeeze my dogs since no cat exists at our house :) what a stunning pie!

  • November 16, 2011

    This looks like a dish I made a few months ago called clafouti. Clafouti usually is made with cherries but I made mine with an apple and a pear, so good. It also had such a short prep time but tasted delicious.
    Hurray for squeezing cats!

  • November 16, 2011

    you know what I like about this? NO CRUST.

  • Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free
    November 16, 2011

    Yum! I love pear desserts and custards so this is a definite win! I also think an apple and caramel custard version of this would be ah-mazing.

  • Patty
    November 16, 2011

    To make this gluten free what should I use in place of the flour? I love pears & custard so this sounds like a perfect treat!

  • November 16, 2011

    Yummy :D My mom makes something similar but with plums that I looooove. Actually I don’t know if it’s similar, it just looks like it is. Either way, this looks awesome, and I’m loving pears right now!

  • jenny
    November 16, 2011

    omg. I want this RIGHT NOW. but I have no pears. :( looks soooooo yummy!

  • November 16, 2011

    This looks really delicious and a little fancy! Goodness, I love packing in a lot of little to-dos in a short amount of time. Once I had an hour before work and went to three different stores and picked up all that I needed. That was a fantastic day.

    • November 16, 2011

      High five for that! That was me yesterday. I went to Target, Salvation Army (where I dumped off 5 bags of stuff! and then I did grocery shopping all in an hour). Felt sooo good.

  • November 16, 2011

    This looks just to easy NOT to make!! I’m sure I could mess it up anyway but it’s still worth the risk. ;)

    xo
    cortnie

    • November 16, 2011

      nahhhh. Have faith! YOU CAN DO IT.

  • November 16, 2011

    Everything can’t be pretty, but they can be tasty. And that’s all you have to say about that. Saving this for the holidays!

  • November 16, 2011

    I love pears and custard! Stellar combination…and I will add in almond extract! Sad trombone: the trombonist in me totes loved the shout out to trombonists across the internet! Thanks for making my Wednesday!

    • November 16, 2011

      your comment was the highlight of my day. Happy trombone!

  • November 16, 2011

    I don’t like custard either :(

  • November 16, 2011

    Totally going to add the almond extract to this. Thank you.

  • November 16, 2011

    Oh jeez, I need this in my face RIGHT. NOW.
    If only I has the time…

    could I use a different fruit, like peaches or raspberries?

  • November 16, 2011

    Oh, wow. I totally want to try this with some Gluten-Free flour. I think it would totally work!

    • November 16, 2011

      Lemme know how it goes!

  • Lisa
    November 16, 2011

    I am so thankful I bought pears yesterday! This looks so yummy, cant wait to make!

  • November 16, 2011

    Have to laugh! Made it for dessert this evening and the mister saw that it was pears….He didn’t eat dessert!?! But, that just left more for everyone who did! This recipe is as simple and as beautiful as your blog post says. Thanks!

    • November 16, 2011

      Interesting! Does your husband not like pears?!

  • November 16, 2011

    Pear?! And custard?! This just blew my mind.

  • November 16, 2011

    Tracy,
    This looks amazing! I love pears. I love pie. I love seasonal baking. You are, as always, an inspiration!
    xo
    Robin

  • arlene
    November 16, 2011

    Tracy, how much almond extract would you suggest to put in? I think this recipe sounds great & easy. Will try it soon.

  • November 17, 2011

    Wow. When I started reading this post I assumed it had a crust but no! Yay – I avoid making crusts for anything so this will be perfect. My mouth is watering just thinking about it …

  • Christina
    November 17, 2011

    Hi Tracy, I don’t have a pie dish but really want to make this! Would it work in a springform tin with a removable base or is it likely to fall apart when I remove the sides? (no clue if they’re called springform tins in the US but hopefully you get my drift!)

  • November 17, 2011

    This is my kind of pie!

  • November 17, 2011

    My favorite line: “checked out my eyebrows in the mirror”. Hilarious post!

  • Steph
    November 17, 2011

    Hi Tracy,
    I want to make this with pears but I just discovered mine are too mushy! If I use apples will this change the cooking time? Thanks and next time I’ll make sure to try it with pears!

  • Kamaria
    November 17, 2011

    This pie looks amazing and wonderful and delicious and amazing. I can’t wait to try it! Just out of curiosity, do you think it would be possible to add a crust to the bottom? Perhaps if it was baked for a bit before the pear slices were added? Thanks so much, love the post!

  • Jacqueline
    November 17, 2011

    this was FANTASTIC! big hit for all who dove into the pie!

  • November 17, 2011

    My jaw dropped. A lot.

  • November 17, 2011

    OMG! I saw a recipe like this, but they called it a tart, but it totally looked like this. I remember thinking that looks like a custard and NOT a tart. But anyway, I totally wanted to make a copy of the recipe, but I was at the Dr.’s office and didn’t have time to copy it down. I was bummed!!

    Until today. Thanks for posting my mystery pie. I will be making this directly!

  • Helene Mahnken
    November 17, 2011

    Tracy, I just want you to know, I read this post in my google reader, starred it, then immediately went to find/pin it on pinterest. :) This looks fantastic! And, my food pinboard has many a shutterbean recipe :)

  • Christine
    November 18, 2011

    Made it with apples tossed in cinnamon instead of pears, and it was so, so yummy, and I’m not much of a custard-liking person either! Actually, I am thinking that might be my breakfast right about now…

  • November 19, 2011

    Made this this past week and it was great…looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

  • Julie
    November 19, 2011

    I’m totally making this for Thanksgiving. One question – do you think it will be ok for a 2-hr car ride? Should I keep it cold? Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful photos!

  • November 20, 2011

    I’m drawn to anything that involves custard and I love the addition of pears rather than the usual apple. Such a pretty pie. Giving a rather blatant plug for the custard mingle I’m hosting this month just in case you fancied joining in. Hope that’s ok – it’s such a beautiful pie.

    PS Love the multi-tasking.

  • November 21, 2011

    this looks absolutely delish!!!!! pear pie! why hadn’t i thought of that…

  • December 1, 2011

    This looks sooooo good! I have a love affair with pears, and have been looking for a new recipe to try out. I think we might have a winner!

  • Tina
    July 23, 2013

    Can I substitute buttermilk?

  • Catherine
    January 3, 2014

    This was delicious! I cooked it at 300 for 45 minutes. It was perfect. It looked beautiful and my guests thoroughly enjoyed it. I made whip cream to put on top and it really complemented it.

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