Apricot-Custard Pie

For a unique spin on a cream pie, try this sweet Apricot Custard Pie recipe. Since this easy custard pie is made with fruit preserves, you can make it any season of the year.

Apricot-Custard Pie
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
52 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie

  • ½ cup apricot preserves

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • teaspoon ground ginger

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 cup half-and-half, light cream, or whole milk

  • Whipped cream

  • Ground cardamom (optional)

Pastry for Single Crust Pie

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ¼ cup ice water


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare Pastry for a Single-Crust Pie. On a lightly floured surface, slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edge into a 12-inch circle. Wrap pastry circle around rolling pin; unroll into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate without stretching it. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry even with edge of plate. Crimp edge as desired. Do not prick pastry. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes more or until pastry is set and dry. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine preserves, cornstarch, the water, and ginger. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Spread over bottom of pastry shell.

  3. For filling, in a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom, and salt. Gradually stir in half-and-half until combined.

  4. Place pastry shell on oven rack. Carefully pour filling into pastry shell. Cover edge of pie with foil to prevent overbrowning. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes more or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill within 2 hours.

  5. To serve, pipe or spoon whipped cream on top of pie. If desired, sprinkle with additional cardamom. Makes 8 servings.

Pastry for Single Crust Pie

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening and butter, cut up, until pieces are pea size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ice water over part of the flour mixture; toss gently with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl. Repeat with additional ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time (1/4 to 1/3 cup total), until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Gather mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

442 Calories
24g Fat
48g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 442
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 8g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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