Custard Pear Pie

custard pear pie
I love fall cooking and fall foods. There’s something comforting about a slice of apple pie or a bowl of soup or egg nog. I blame this last one on the hubs. He introduced me to egg nog when we got married and at first, I hated the idea. Until I realized just how much I was missing out. We just brought home the first egg nog of the season from the local creamery – AMAZING.
Without fail, every fall, we end up enjoying mini pecan pies, apple pie, and thumbprint cookies because they’ve become seasonal staples. A personal favorite of mine is pumpkin torte – one of these days it’ll make it to the blog but for now, you’ll have to take my word for it. Best. pumpkin. dessert. ever. So for today, I’ve baked up a pear pie, another one of those typical fall desserts. This pie, however, uses a custard base for the pears. And it’s fantastic. I left the peel on the pears because I don’t mind fruit skin but if you’re not a fan of skin, then peel each pear before slicing it. The ingredients and directions are pretty straightforward, another reason why I love this pear pie recipe: pears, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, cream and egg yolks. Easy, right?
What’s your personal favorite fall food?

custard pear pie

custard pear pie

custard pear pie

custard pear pie

custard pear pie

custard pear pie
custard pear pie

*adapted from Good Housekeeping: Illustrated Book of Desserts

BASIC PIE CRUST (gluten free option)
1 1/2 c flour
1/4 tsp salt
8 T butter, chilled
5-6 T ice water

Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Cut in butter. Add ice water and mix with a fork (add water gradually and stop adding once dough holds together – you don’t want the dough dry but you don’t want it sticky either). Wrap dough ball in plastic and let it rest 30 minutes at room temperature. Roll out into a 9.5″ pie plate, pierce bottom with a fork, and chill in freezer for 15 minutes.

Bake at 425F for 15 minutes covered (I loosely cover my crust with foil) and 5 minutes uncovered in the bottom third of your oven. Remove from the oven. Reduce heat to 400F.

sliced pears (about 3c – with or without skin)

1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 c sugar

Mix cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a bowl. Set aside.

1 1/2 c heavy cream
3 lg yolks

Whisk heavy cream and yolks together in a separate bowl. Set aside. Place sliced pears in crust. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon mixture. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, pour the cream mixture over top and quickly return to the oven. Bake 50 minutes – but after 20 minutes, check to make sure the edges are not burning. If at any point in the baking process you find the edges burning, be sure to cover them with a bit of foil. (Pie is done when knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.)


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  1. I have never been able to drink egg nog, something about it……although I really should give it another try. I am all about the pies though and my favourite thing to make in the fall is Apple Crisp, just thinking about it makes me hungry.
    Your pies look so amazing!


  2. This dessert definitely just screams fall! I’m a huge fan of egg nog too, although the hubs isn’t crazy about it :/

  3. I love pear things in the fall. I haven’t cooked with pear yet this season though. Sadly. And I’m not a fan of egg nog. I was when I was a little girl, but now I’m over it after about 1 sip.

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      1. it’s a fat content thing more than anything. thick creamy (gooey) stuff like that kinda disgusts me…it’s very funny. but turn it into custard or ice cream and I’m there!

  4. This recipe feels so simple… I think I might even try to make for Thanksgiving… or just a Saturday… I love Pears… it’s one of my favorites.. smells & tastes… Have you ever poached a peeled pear wine? Ooh it’s amazing… So it’s like a whole cooked pear poached in white or red wine… with puff pastry square and spiced whip cream… heavenly….

  5. I love the idea of this combo- pears + custard.

    And fall cooking/baking is my jammmmm. I get so inspired in the kitchen during the season. πŸ™‚ So many yummy recipes to try.


  6. Love the idea of this combo- pear + custard sounds divine.

    This time of year definitely inspires me to get in the kitchen and bake/cook. So many yummy fall-themed recipes to try. πŸ™‚


  7. Hi. Do you still have this recipe? I used it last year and it was wonderful, but now it doesn’t seem to be here anymore…?

    1. Hi Liana! Thanks so much for letting me know. I don’t know what was going on but the recipe was appearing on the mobile version of my site and not the desktop version πŸ™‚ I was able to correct it all so let me know if you’re still having trouble viewing it! Take care!

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