Apple-Butter Custard Pie

Updated on June 28, 2017

About Apple Butter Custard Pie

I grew up eating apple butter custard pie made by my grandmother. It is one of my favorite pies out there. Sadly, my grandmother passed away a few years ago, and I have not had it since. But earlier this year, I was going through her recipe box and came across the recipe for it. So I made it, and it was just how she made it—and it was amazing!

After doing some research, it turns out that apple butter custard pie came from a cookbook that was originally published in 1876 by the ladies of a Congregational Church in Marysville, Ohio. While this recipe has had changes made from the original, it is very cool to think that not only my grandmother made this, but possibly my great-grandmother, and so on. If that is true, this would be my oldest handed-down-through-the-family recipe that I know of.

This is best with homemade apple butter but store bought will work also. You can find my recipe for apple butter in the links at the bottom of this page.

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Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 6-8 servings
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup applebutter
  • 1/2 cup or less if applebutter is sweet sugar
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 unbaked pastry shell, 9 inches
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix sugar, eggs, flour, and allspice. Add in apple butter and mix well.
  3. Add the milk slowly to mixture and mix together. Pour into an unbaked pie crust.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. Center will slightly jiggle when done just like a pumpkin pie. Allow to cool before serving.

No-Sugar-Added Apple Butter

Free PDF Centennial Buckeye Cook Book by the Women of the First Congregational Church, Marysville, Ohio 1876

I did manage to find the book where this recipe is said to have started on It is a public domain book and you can download it free if you would like to read it.

If you have any questions or comments please comment below. I look forward to reading what you have to say. Thank you.

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        Brenda 10 months ago from Florida

        Thanks, Lena I really hope you like it.

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        Lena Durante 10 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

        This sounds fantastic! In the fall, I often make apple butter to use up bruised or old fruit, and this sounds like a wonderful new use for it. Thanks for sharing it!