Sweet with French Custard Pie Recipe

Hello, culinary enthusiasts! It’s Julia here, welcoming you back to another delightful episode of Dinner with Julia. Today, we’re going to explore a recipe that’s a classic in French cuisine – the French Custard Pie. This dessert has been a staple in my kitchen ever since I first tried it in a charming patisserie in the heart of Paris. The creamy, velvety custard encased in a flaky pastry was a revelation, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

French Custard Pie Recipe

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A close-up shot of my freshly baked French Custard Pie, golden and perfectly flaky

French Custard Pie Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 2 people
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1 pan
  • 1 bowl


  • Two egg yolk
  • Half cup of water
  • A cup of self-rising flour
  • Half cup of butter
  • A tablespoon of milk
  • A teaspoon of baking powder
  • A cup of brown sugar


  • Take a pan.
  • Add the butter.
  • When it melts down.
  • Add the milk and flour.
  • Mix the ingredients to form a dough.
  • Switch off the stove once the dough is formed.
  • Add the mixture into a bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and mix.
  • Mix all the ingredients and separate the dough in a pie dish.
  • Bake the mixture for forty five minutes.
  • Your dish is ready to be served.


Keyword baking powder, egg yolks

Making French Custard Pie in an Air Fryer

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The creamy custard filling in this French Custard Pie is a sight to behold
  • Preheat your air fryer: Start by preheating your air fryer to 320°F (160°C). This ensures that your pie starts cooking immediately once it goes in and helps achieve that beautiful golden-brown color.
  • Prepare your pie: Prepare your pie as per the recipe. Make sure it fits comfortably in your air fryer.
  • Air fry: Place the pie in the air fryer basket. Cook for about 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on it, as cooking times can vary depending on your specific air fryer model.
  • Check for doneness: Your pie is done when it’s golden and the custard is set.
  • Serve: Allow it to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Tips for making French Custard Pie

Flan Pâtissier (French Custard Tart) Recipe
Here’s a slice of the French Custard Pie I made, served with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar

The French Custard Pie recipe is more than just a dessert; it’s an indulgence. It’s a harmonious blend of textures and flavors – the flaky pastry, the creaminess of the custard, and the subtle hint of vanilla. To me, it encapsulates the essence of French baking – sophisticated, yet comforting. Every time I bake this pie, I’m transported back to that quaint patisserie in Paris.

For those who are new to this dessert, let me paint a picture for you. A French Custard Pie is a classic dessert that features a flaky pastry filled with a rich, creamy custard. It’s then baked to golden perfection and served warm or at room temperature.

But today, we’re not focusing on the recipe itself. Instead, we’ll delve into some cooking tips, serving suggestions, and answer some frequently asked questions. I’ll also share how to prepare this pie using different kitchen tools.

My Top Cooking Tips for the Perfect French Custard Pie

Baking the perfect French Custard Pie goes beyond just following the recipe. Here are my top tips to ensure your pie is a hit:

  • Quality of Ingredients: The stars of this dish are the custard ingredients. Always use fresh eggs and high-quality cream for the best flavor.
  • The Right Pastry Dough: A buttery, flaky pastry dough is key. You can make your own or use a good quality store-bought one.
  • Don’t Overbake: The pie should be golden and the custard set, but not dry.
  • Cool Completely: Allow the pie to cool completely before slicing. This ensures clean, neat slices.

Serving Suggestion – Adding a Personal Touch

Tarte à la Crème Pâtissière (Flan Parisien) – The Traveling Meze
This image captures the moment I filled the pastry dough with the custard mixture for my French Custard Pie recipe

When it comes to serving your French Custard Pie, you want to maintain its classic charm while adding a personal touch. I love serving my pie with a dusting of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. For an extra layer of decadence, a scoop of vanilla ice cream pairs beautifully. And don’t forget a sprig of mint for that pop of color!

FAQs: Your Queries Answered

Over the years, I’ve received numerous questions about the French Custard Pie recipe. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked ones:

  • Can I use a different type of cream? Yes, but heavy cream gives the best flavor and richness.
  • Can I make the pastry dough ahead of time? Absolutely! You can prepare the dough ahead and even freeze it for later use.
  • How do I know when my pie is done? The pie is done when it’s golden and the custard is set.
  • Can I make this pie dairy-free? Yes, you can substitute the dairy ingredients with their non-dairy counterparts.
  • Can I reheat my pie? Yes, but it’s best served at room temperature. If you need to reheat, do so gently in the oven.

So, there you have it – my personal journey with the delightful French Custard Pie recipe. Baking it always brings back fond memories of Paris and adds a touch of elegance to any meal.

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