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Honey Pie

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.

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

Honey Pie

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cooling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • ⅓ cup (73 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup (79 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream for garnish, optional
  • honey for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 
  3. 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.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the weights and parchment paper. Bake for another 8 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming. 
  6. Whisk the eggs, honey, both sugars, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack, about 2 hours. Slice and serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  10. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and a drizzle of honey if desired.

Notes

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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404Saturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 51gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Hanny

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

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?

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 30th of June 2021

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

Alix

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

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?

Jen Sobjack

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

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.

Jude

Monday 19th of April 2021

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

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

I weigh it with a kitchen scale.

Deborah Kim

Sunday 5th of April 2020

What can I do if I don’t have a sieve?

Jen Sobjack

Monday 6th of April 2020

Straining the custard through a sieve is to remove any bits of egg that may have scrambled. If you don't have a sieve, take extra care to not let the eggs scramble by keeping the heat low and stirring constantly.

Sarina

Thursday 14th of November 2019

Wonderful recipe. I would love to make these as minis how long would I bake them for if they were the size of bite size brownies. Also what pipping nozzle did you use.

Jen Sobjack

Thursday 14th of November 2019

I'm not really sure since I've never made this recipe as minis before. The piping tip is a Wilton 2D.

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