Author Erin McDowell says even apple pie purists will fall for this cider-spiked twist. Pipe with whipped cream dollops for a graphic effect.

Erin McDowell
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

20 mins
3 hrs 15 mins at 375°
1 9-inch pie

Spiced Cider Custard Pie


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  • For cider syrup: In a large saucepan bring cider to a simmer over medium. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 1 to 2 hours (depends on pot size), uncovered, until mixture is reduced to 1/2 cup. Let cool completely.

  • In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together cider syrup, milk, and 3/4 cup cream.

  • In a medium bowl whisk together brown sugar, flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and the salt. Add cider mixture. Stir until combined.

  • Place a baking sheet on bottom oven rack. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place pie plate on center oven rack. Pour custard into piecrust. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until custard appears set at edges but is still slightly jiggly in center. Let cool completely.

  • For topping: In a medium bowl whisk together 1 cup cream, the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 tsp. cinnamon to medium-stiff peaks. Spread in an even layer over top of pie. (Alternately, spoon whipped topping into a piping bag; pipe onto pie.) Keep chilled until ready to serve. If desired, sprinkle with additional ground cinnamon. Serves 8.


You can also skip the process of making the cider syrup yourself and purchase bottled boiled cider, such as King Arthur Flour. Skip Step 1 and use 1/2 cup of the bottled boiled cider.

Nutrition Facts (Spiced Cider Custard Pie)

580 calories; total fat 32g; saturated fat 18g; polyunsaturated fat 3g; monounsaturated fat 9g; cholesterol 78mg; sodium 378mg; potassium 297mg; carbohydrates 67g; fiber 1g; sugar 41g; protein 6g; trans fatty acid 2g; vitamin a 1000IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 2mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 61mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 99mg; iron 2mg.

Erin's All-Buttah Piecrust


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  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour and salt. Using your hands, toss butter through flour until each piece is well-coated. Cut butter into flour by pressing butter between your fingers and thumbs, flattening the cubes into big shards. For a flaky crust, mix until butter pieces are about the width of walnut halves. For a sturdier crust (for custard pies and for use with decorative techniques), mix until the butter is about the size of peas.

  • Make a well in center of flour mixture. Start by adding 1/4 cup ice water and tossing the flour mixture gently (rather than stirring) to moisten and incorporate the water without overworking the flour. Continue adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, and tossing until dough comes together. (Dough should hold together easily without feeling wet or sticky.)

  • Form dough into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

  • Once well chilled, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until it's about 1/8-inch thick. Press firmly and evenly, rotating the dough as you work to prevent sticking without adding too much flour. (Ideally dough will also be about 1 inch wider than your pie plate on all sides.)

  • To transfer dough to pie plate, starting at one end of dough, wrap it around the rolling pin. Lift pin to edge of pie plate and unfurl the dough. Press dough into the base of the pie plate and trim excess dough to 1/2 inch around outside edge of pie plate. Tuck dough under to be flush with the outer rim of pie plate. Crimp edges as desired, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  • To parbake: Use a fork to prick chilled crust all over base and sides. Cut a square of parchment paper slightly larger than pie plate and press it into base of chilled crust. Fill crust with pie weights (such as dried beans) to brim, making sure weights are flush against sides. Place pie plate on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake on bottom rack of 425°F oven (preferably on a preheated baking stone) 12 to 15 minutes or until outer edge begins to brown. Remove parchment and pie weights and bake 2 to 3 minutes more or until bottom crust appears set. If crust puffs at any point, prick air bubble with a fork to deflate. Let cool completely before filling. Makes one single crust.


Make dough, wrap tightly, and refrigerate up to 2 days. For longer storage, wrap in plastic wrap then heavy foil and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator and let stand at room temperature to soften slightly.

Cinnamon Crust

Add 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg to the flour.

Gingerbread Crust

Add 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/2 tsp. ground allspice, and 1/4 tsp. ground cloves to the flour.

Nutrition Facts (Erin's All-Buttah Piecrust)

173 calories; total fat 12g; saturated fat 7g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 3g; cholesterol 31mg; sodium 72mg; potassium 24mg; carbohydrates 15g; fiber 1g; sugar 0g; protein 2g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 355IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 36mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 7mg; iron 1mg.