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. Do you wait for your pears to ripen or use them when still hard from the mail order box they came in? I was looking for a creative way to use them and stumbled upon this recipe, looking forward to trying it! How thin should the pears be sliced?

    1. They should not be completely hard, I wait till they are slightly soft, they should have some give when you press them. I wouldn’t use super soft pears as they might break down during the cooking process.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made the pear custard pie I discovered on your website several years ago and it’s always delicious winner and easy to make. I have just acquired a lovely ceramic deep dish pie plate that is 9.5″ size and 1.75 qt. volume. How much should I increase the measurements of the ingredients for this pear custard pie when using this new pie dish?

  3. Hi
    I see the recipe infers that you bake this in a pie pan but it looks like you used a cast iron skillet. Is the skillet preferable? ( I love using my cast iron skillet by the way)

    1. Either one will work, I’ve tested it both ways! The pie pan is less likely to stick, but if your skillet is well seasoned that won’t be an issue.

  4. 5 stars
    This is the perfect answer to “what’s for dessert?” when you don’t really have a plan, but have some pears in the fruit bowl! Its kind of like part crepe, part custard, part pie… the best part is how FAST it comes together.

  5. Hi! Can you please provide the cup measurement of the 4 pears since they vary in size? I made the pear custard pie yesterday but i only used 3.5 pears and thought it was still too much since some appeared to have floated beyond the custard. Cups would help me make the custard pie accurately. I’d like to try again. Thank you.

  6. 5 stars
    This pie was super easy and absolutely delicious! Even my picky husband liked it. The timing to make it was accurate, so thank you for that! I will absolutely make it again!

  7. 5 stars
    This is great, especially considering how little effort it takes to make. I was home alone with one pear, (what’s a third of a quarter-cup?), didn’t bother with the blender, and happily ate the whole thing myself, but I will make the full amount when we have friends to dinner next week.

  8. 5 stars
    I feel the same way about pears! I do not like them mostly because of the texture. But I know they are good for me so I have been looking for a recipe to cook them with. This turned out quite well! I didn’t follow the recipe perfectly – I was in a little rush because I had guests coming – but it good nonetheless. I look forward to making it again!

  9. 5 stars
    By far the most delicious pear recipe I’ve ever made. The taste is sweet and really shows off the pears. Will now be a family ‘go to’ especially in fresh pear season. Just sooo doggone good, and super fast and easy.

    1. 5 stars
      I absolutely love this delicious recipe!! I know the recipe by heart because I’ve made it many times. I have even substituted apples for the pears. It’s like having a pie (okay I love making) but without having to make a crust and eliminating a lot of carbs.
      I give this five stars!!!

  10. Loved the pear custard flan. My only problem was that it sticks to the bottom of my pie plate. Any suggestions?

  11. 5 stars
    Delicious and EASY. I love blender shortcuts! The custard was very tasty made as listed. I served with caramel ice cream and everyone was quite happy. Perfect dessert for early fall.