This applesauce custard pie is a unique and wonderfully flavorful pie that is perfect for Fall. Made with real applesauce and a few other ingredients, the pie filling bakes into a great custard-like consistency. Serve it warm or cold and enjoy with some caramel sauce or scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Fresh apples can get rather expensive depending on where you are or what time of the year it is. One thing that's usually affordable though is applesauce. It's so cheap you can often find it in dollar stores or even get it for free if you're signed up for your state's WIC program. It's also got a great shelf life so it's something worth keeping on hand for snacking.
This old fashioned applesauce pie recipe is an older one for sure, but that doesn't mean it can't compete with other "more modern" pie flavors. With all the great taste of your favorite apple pies in a smoother textured bite, it's no wonder why we love this pie in Autumn and year round.
- Lemon juice
- Pie crust shell
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make applesauce custard pie with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the eggs, butter, applesauce, vanilla, and lemon juice (if using) in a mixing bowl.
In another mixing bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and flour with a whisk.
Whisk together the dry ingredients with the wet.
Pour the pie filling into the thawed pie crust.
Bake in our oven for 45 minutes or until a knife can come out of the center clean.
Let the pie cool for about 1 hour to set before slicing and serving.
Slice and serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped topping, or even caramel sauce.
🍴 Recipe Tips
When you add the filling to the pie crust, it will look a bit like a wet pumpkin pie filling, and once baked, it comes out cracked. As the pie cools, more cracks will appear but this is okay. This is a sign that the pie filling is settling and not going to run a mess over the plates when you go to serve it!
If desired you can blind bake your pie crust in the oven beforehand for a firmer bottom. To do this simply prick your thawed pie crust with a fork several times along the bottom and sides and bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool as you prep the filling, then follow instructions as directed to make your apple pie with applesauce.
Yes, apple butter and apple sauce can be interchanged within this recipe and the results should be the same or similar. If you feel your apple pie filling is a bit too dry before baking you can add in up to 3 tablespoons of apple juice to help dilute the mixture.
You can use any applesauce of your choice! This includes the berry flavored ones, cinnamon ones, sweetened, or unsweetened. Simply adjust ingredients to accommodate the flavors (cinnamon should be omitted if using cinnamon flavored applesauce and lemon juice omitted if using unsweetened applesauce).
Either one is totally fine! I like serving mine either at room temperature or slightly chilled because the texture is great but serving your applesauce pie warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce is an incredibly tasty experience.
More great apple recipes to try
Applesauce Custard Pie
- 2 eggs ($0.16)
- 1 cup sugar ($0.22)
- ½ cup butter, melted ($0.75)
- 1 cup sweetened plain flavor applesauce ($0.44)
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon ($0.20)
- 2 tablespoons flour ($0.01)
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract ($0.04)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (unless the applesauce is tart) ($0.48)
- 1 9 inch pie shell, thawed ($3.12)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In one mixing bowl combine your eggs, butter, applesauce, vanilla, and lemon juice.
- In another mixing bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
- Whisk together the dry with the wet ingredients.
- Pour your mixture into a thawed 9 inch pie crust.
- Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
- Let cool for about 1 hour to set before serving.
- Slice your pie and serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped topping, or caramel sauce.