Pear Custard Pie


A velvety, light custard surrounds ripe pears in this healthy pear pie recipe. Serve with a dollop of vanilla whipped cream.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs
10 servings
Nutrition Profile:



  • ¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour or white whole-wheat flour

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds, finely chopped

  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water


  • 4 cups sliced peeled Bartlett or Bosc pears (about 4 medium)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

  • ¾ cup reduced-fat milk

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled

  • Seeds from 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. To prepare crust: Whisk whole-wheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cut 7 tablespoons butter into small pieces and quickly rub them into the dry ingredients with your fingers until the pieces are smaller but still visible. Sprinkle almonds over the mixture. Add 3 tablespoons ice water. Toss with a fork until evenly moist. Squeeze a clump of dough: If it stays together, you've probably added enough water. If not, add another tablespoon of water and toss to combine. Knead the dough in the bowl a few times--it will still be a little crumbly. Turn out onto a clean surface and knead a few more times until the dough just holds together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days (or freeze for up to 3 months).

  2. When ready to assemble pie: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  3. To prepare filling: Toss pears with lemon juice in a large bowl. Whisk flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, milk, butter and vanilla in another medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.

  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let stand for 5 minutes to warm slightly. Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan (not deep-dish). Trim the crust so it evenly overhangs the edge of the pan by about 1 inch. Tuck the overhang under and crimp the edge with a fork or flute it between your thumb and the side of your index finger.

  5. Fill the crust with 2 cups of the pears. Arrange the remaining pears in a circular pattern on top of the bottom layer. Pour the custard mixture over the pears.

  6. Bake the pie until the custard is fully set around the edges and the crust is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack to room temperature, about 1 1/2 hours, then refrigerate for 1 hour. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired, just before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate crust (Step 1) for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months; thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before using. Refrigerate pie for up to 1 day. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.

Equipment: 9-inch pie pan (not deep-dish)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

259 Calories
12g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 14g
Added Sugars 7g 14%
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Vitamin A 416IU 8%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Folate 43mcg 11%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 16mg 4%
Potassium 134mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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