Pear Custard Pie


Article by Sara Welch, Dinner at the Zoo

Photography by Sara Welch, Dinner at the Zoo

I am not a huge fan of pears. I like them fine when they’re cooked, but I don’t eat them raw. I think it’s the somewhat grainy texture that bothers me. A long time ago before we had kids, a relative sent us a big box of those fancy mail order pears. My husband did his best to try and eat them before they turned to mush, but it was just too many pears for him to finish. I made this pear custard pie to use them up, and I have been making it ever since. It’s definitely my favorite way to eat pears.

We go through a ton of produce in this house. My kids are total fruit monsters and between the three of them, they can polish off a whole pound of grapes or strawberries in one sitting when they’re in the mood. My mom often brings us bags of apples, oranges and pears to help keep our household well stocked in the fruit department.

Some weeks we don’t get through all the fruit, and that’s when I make pear custard pie. The beauty of this recipe is that it only uses pantry staples that you probably always have lying around. Which means that if you’ve got pears, you can whip this up whenever you feel like it. I’ve made it twice in the last two weeks!

How Do You Make Pear Custard Pie?

The batter for this custard is made in the blender. After you peel and cut the pears, toss them in the dish and pour the custard over the top. That’s all there is to it; 40 minutes later, you’ve got an amazing dessert.

You can sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top if you want to dress it up for a special occasion. I’ve also put some cinnamon sugar on top, which is great too. It probably comes as no surprise that the kids love this recipe. I’ve made it dozens of times over the years and it always gets rave reviews.

It’s simple, but sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, don’t you think?


  • 4 firm pears of any variety, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 eggs

3/4 cup milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 inch round pan with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange the pear slices in the pan.
  3. Put the butter, eggs, milk, salt, granulated sugar, flour and vanilla into a blender; process until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter over the pears. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the custard is golden and firm to the touch. Dust the top with powdered sugar before serving.


Little Helpers: The kids can help you measure and dump all the ingredients into the blender.

Source: Sara Welch

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