Honey Pie

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Honey Pie made with creamy honey flavored custard nestled in a crisp, flaky crust. The filling is cooked on the stovetop then poured into a prebaked pie crust for a foolproof honey custard pie.

overhead view of honey pie on a dark grey fabric

Honey Pie

There’s just something about cool, creamy custard that gets me every time. It’s a weakness and I’m drawn to desserts that have a custard filling. Apple raisin custard pie, bunuelos with anise filling, profiteroles, and eclairs are all some of my favorites on the blog.

I’ve decided to start making more of what is requested in my community Facebook group and this is the latest result of that. I’d actually never heard of honey pie before until recently.

After some research, I learned that Momofuku Milk Bar has a salt & honey pie but my version isn’t even close to being similar.

The pie I bring before you today has a silky custard filling that is flavored with honey. It isn’t fancy at all. It’s just a simple pie for all honey and custard lovers.

side view of a slice of honey pie on a white plate

Can honey pie be refrigerated and then served the next day?

You can make this pie ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Most people prefer their pie to be served at room temperature but I like mine cold. If you make it ahead but want to serve it at room temperature, just set it out about 30 minutes to 1 hour before you plan to serve it.

Can you use a non-dairy milk substitute for the heavy cream and milk?

I do not suggest using anything other than milk and heavy cream for this honey pie recipe. The lower fat content will affect the overall texture and the custard may not thicken.

What type of honey to use for honey pie?

I suggest using pure honey from your local farmers market for the best taste but commercial brands such as Nature Nate’s is good as well.

How to make honey pie?

Step 1: Blind bake the pie crust

Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Line with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Bake it at 350°F for 20 minutes then remove the pie weights and bake for another 8 minutes.

overhead view of prebaked pie crust

Step 2: Prepare the filling

Warm the milk and cream in a large saucepan. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining ingredients for the filling together then slowly pour the warm milk in while whisking continuously. Return everything to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat while stirring constantly until the filling thickens.

custard filling for honey pie in a saucepan with wooden spoon

Step 3: Assemble and bake 

Pour the thickened filling into the hot crust and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the custard has set around the edges but remains jiggle in the center. Cool to room temperature and serve right away or refrigerate until ready to use.

overhead view of unbaked honey pie
overhead view of a baked honey pie
overhead view of a slice of honey pie

Tips for honey pie:

  • The prebaked pie crust can be made ahead but needs to be reheated until hot before adding the custard filling.
  • You’ll know the custard is finished cooking on the stovetop when it adheres to a wooden spoon.
  • Strain the custard through a sieve into the hot pie crust. This helps to remove any bits of egg that may have scrambled.
  • The pie can be served once it has cooled to room temperature, about 2 hours after coming out of the oven. Or you can refrigerate the pie for up to 2 days before serving.

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Honey Pie

side view of a slice of honey pie on a white plate
Honey Pie made with creamy honey flavored custard nestled in a crisp, flaky crust. The filling is cooked on the stovetop then poured into a prebaked pie crust for a foolproof honey custard pie.
Jen Sobjack
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Serving Size 8


  • homemade pie crust, or store-bought refrigerated pie dough
  • 2 cup (480 ml) milk
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup (170 g) pure honey
  • cup (73 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • cup (79 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream for garnish, optional
  • honey for garnish, optional


  • Prepare the pie crust according to the recipe and chill for at least 1 hour. You need only half the dough so freeze the second half for use at a later date.
  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the pie crust to fit a 9-inch pie dish. Place in pie dish; trim off any excess along the edges. Flute the edges with fingertips. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Line with parchment paper and fill with pie weights.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the weights and parchment paper. Bake for another 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming. 
  • Whisk the eggs, honey, both sugars, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  • Slowly drizzle the warm milk into the egg mixture while whisking continuously. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the custard thickens and adheres to the spoon, about 8 minutes.
  • Turn the oven temperature up to 375°F. Pour the thickened custard through a fine-mesh sieve into the hot pie crust and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes until the edges are set but the center remains jiggly.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack, about 2 hours. Slice and serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, top with whipped cream and a drizzle of honey if desired.



  • The pie crust can be baked ahead of time but must be warmed in a 375°F oven for 5 minutes before adding the custard.


Serving: 8g | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


  1. Would it be possible to do an egg-free option? How would you go about that?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      Unfortunately, the custard requires eggs. I don’t offer egg-free substitutes on my site. You’ll have to look for another recipe that is egg free.

  2. Putting it through a sieve first doesn’t make any sense to me and seems like an unnecessary step.

    Can you explain?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      Sometimes there can be bits of scrambled egg in the custard after cooking. Pressing it through a sieve ensures you have a smooth creamy custard.

  3. Will this freeze well ?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      I don’t recommend freezing this pie as the custard may separate upon thawing.

  4. Sounds delicious. * Wondering if a Light Karo Syrup or Maple Syrup could be used if I don’t have Honey in my pantry.?? I have a Crust recipe that has crushed nuts in it. May try that later. Thanks for sharing. ** I made an edible Bee for a fun garnish. **

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      The flavor of this pie comes from the honey. I wouldn’t use Karo syrup because the pie will have no flavor. Maple syrup might be tasty though I haven’t tried it to tell you how it would turn out.

  5. Hello! I just made this recipe for the first time and it worked beautifully! Honey is one of my favorite sweet tastes, and this was so deliciously flavorful and creamy. I wondered if you’ve experimented with any less-sweet versions. I’m not sure if reducing the amount of sugar would mess up the consistency. Thanks for any pointers!

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      I haven’t tested the recipe with less sugar but I imagine it would be okay to do as long as you don’t decrease it by more than 1/3.

    2. I don’t recommend making custard less sweet unless it’s already painfully sweet to begin with. I haven’t made this specific recipe, but I’ve had custard with a reduced amount of sugar in it and it comes out eggy and bland.

  6. Rebecca Weeks says:

    Hello! This recipe looks delicious. In one picture it looks like you’ve garnished a slice of it with (plain?) honey and (plain?) whipped cream? Is that correct? Thanks!

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      Yes, this is correct and noted in the recipe.

  7. How would you describe the flavor of this pie, because I am entering into a pie competition and I wanted to see if this pie would be good for it?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      The pie is flavored with honey. It’s basically honey custard.

  8. This looks like an amazing recipe and I can’t wait to try it, but I was wondering if I could have your opinion
    I love honey lavender combinations and was thinking of heating a few Tbs of lavender with the cream and milk to let it infuse before separating with a cheesecloth in order to add a lavender flavor, but wanted to ask if you would suggest a different method?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      I’ve never cooked with lavender so I can’t recommend a different method. But I do think if you have one of those stainless steel tea balls, it would be easier than straining through a cheesecloth.

  9. Do you measure your honey in a wet or dry measuring cup?

    1. Jen Sobjack says:

      I weigh it with a kitchen scale.

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