In this pear custard pie, fresh pears are combined with a rich and creamy 5 minute custard, then baked to perfection for a simple yet elegant dessert.

This crustless pie is my absolute favorite way to enjoy pears, I make it almost every week during the fall months!

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Pear custard pie in a cast iron skillet.

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. When I have extra fruit on hand, I make blackberry salad or this pear custard pie.

Baby eating fruit.

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!

A baked pear dessert made with sliced fruit and custard.

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.

A slice of pear custard pie on a plate.

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?

Pear custard topped with powdered sugar.

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Pear Custard Pie

AuthorSara Welch
This pear custard might be the easiest dessert you could ever make but it looks and tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen.
In this pear custard pie, fresh pears are combined with a rich and creamy 5 minute custard, then baked to perfection for a simple yet elegant dessert.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 6 slices


  • 4 firm pears of any variety cored, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of 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


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 inch round pan with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the pear slices in the pan.
  • Put the butter, eggs, milk, salt, granulated sugar, flour and vanilla into a blender; process until smooth.
  • 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.


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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  1. This recipe was delicious and easy to follow. Would it be possible to use apple in place of pears?

  2. 5 stars
    I made it with Barlett pears and again with Bosc pears. The latter had much more pear flavor. Easiest recipe I’ve ever used.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this recipe (as written) today for the first time and served it warm. I used a regular 9 inch round cake pan. My husband really like it. He said it would make a nice light dessert! I can see myself making this often. It is so pretty too.

  4. 5 stars
    Omg this is such an great recipe! I’ve made it twice now with an immersion blender and first I made with a combo of apple and pear and I just tried this with banana as that was all I had on hand and needed to use up milk. It is excellent! The banana and sugars caramelized on top! Thank you for this simply delicious recipe!! It comes together quickly and will become a staple for us!

  5. 5 stars
    Loved it…easy to make, easy to bake; it looked good, even without the icing sugar. Not too sweet and although our pears were pretty hard, they softened and were perfect.
    I did add some orange zest, just to experiment, but also because I wanted the container I had it in! It really did take the taste to a high level…that’s the only thing: I wonder if the taste needed a bit of zing to it…the vanilla sure does help.
    Thank you for this recipe…it’s going to be a keeper.

  6. I see that you used a cast iron pan to bake it in, so I have one as well as regular cake pans.
    Which do you prefer?

    1. Honestly it really doesn’t matter, the crust might be slightly crispier in the cast iron but that’s the only difference.