Rustic Apple Custard Pies




I make no secret that I’m a true fan of canning. But there are some other things in jars that I also love, like desserts. Jill took this book we love, got inspired, and served up very pretty apple custard pies. You can too by entering the giveaway below. Skip dinner and invite friends over for these cute desserts. Just add spoons. (Big thanks to Harvard Common Press for the cookbook for this giveaway!) -Maggie

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Shaina Olmanson’s Desserts in Jars is a wonderful little book full of inspiration. It’s packed with miniature classics, from decadent to simple, all baked in tiny little jars. With 50 easy-to-follow recipes, the most difficult thing I found about this book was deciding what to make first.


For a spur of the moment dessert, the Rustic Rhubarb Custard Pie caught my eye. It required very little prep and I had all the ingredients on hand, except rhubarb.  No problem… I would just substitute apples. And just like that, a tiny, gorgeous dessert ready to be served.


To make the crust, pulse walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor, then add melted butter to moisten.



I added a little too much melted butter so don’t do this at home! It should be crumbly… not gooey, like this.


For the custard, beat sugar, flour, egg yolks and heavy cream in a bowl until thick and creamy.


Stir in diced apples.


Spoon into jars and bake at 425°F for 12 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F for 20-22 minutes, just until the custard sets.


Want your own copy of Desserts in Jars? We’d love to send it to you. Here’s how to win:

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Try all four ways to enter by Friday February 8, we’ll pick a winner at random and send you a copy of this sweet book.

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Rustic Apple Custard Pies with Walnut Crust

Recipe adapted from Desserts in Jars, by Shaina Olmanson


For the Crust
  • 3 cups walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
For the Custard
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups diced apples (original recipe called for rhubarb)


  1. Make the crusts: Pre¬heat the oven to 425°F. Place the walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse several times until the nuts are ground fine. Pour in the butter and pulse until combined. Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of crust mixture into the bottom of each of ten 4-ounce jars and press down lightly.
  2. Make the custard: Beat together the sugar, flour, egg yolks, and cream in a bowl until the mixture is thick, creamy, and yellow, about 1 minute. Stir in the rhubarb, Spoon about 1/3 cup of custard into each jar over the walnut crust.
  3. Place the jars 2 inches apart on a large baking sheet. Bake the pies for 12 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes more, until the custard is set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Serve warm, with sweetened whipped cream if you like.
Photos styled and taken by Jill Chen.

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  • Melinda Parkhurst

    This looks delicious

  • sydney85

    I would love to make all flavors of cheesecake. Passionfruit would be my first choice.

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    Those look delish!

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    Raspberry desrert

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  • Flynn

    Pot roast!

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    I would love to make lemon meringue pie in a jar – then I don’t have to feel guilty about eating one all by myself!

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    Berry crumble in a jar! Yum!

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    Also I’m already subscribed 🙂

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    Banana pudding in a jar!

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    Peach Cobbler in a Jar!!

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  • rsg

    I’d like to see a caramel bread pudding.

  • noel

    i would like to eat some cheesecake in a jar. and i’m already subscribed to the email list. Thank you!

  • Meagan

    hard to pick – i’ve been craving yellow cake, not a one-off cake in a mug thing, but a REAL yellow cake in a jar. yum!

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    Banana Cream Pie in a Jar (no one else likes it at my house, so I could have individuals just for me)!

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  • Flynn

    Pot roast? That would be interesting

  • Jan

    I think a berry cobbler would be perfect in a jar.

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  • Can hardly wait to try Rustic Apple Custard Pie, dessert in a jar. What a wonderful idea! Would love a simple, colourful recipe for special brunches like Christmas morning.

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    I would like cranberry or blueberry clafoutis is a jar!

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    I think I would like to try a pear crisp.

  • The Daily Doss

    I’d love to try a ginger, pear cake in a jar!

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    How about Boston cream pie!

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    I would love crème brûlée in a jar! Yummy!

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  • Renee

    I’d love a little lemon custard pie!

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    Pumpkin custard. Yum!

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    I want to see a fun take on a peppermint patty in a jar! a-la: mint creme, chocolate ganache!

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    Key Lime Pie!

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  • Karlyn

    Some kind of Meyer Lemon tart would be fun in a jar.

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    Chocolate raspberry trifle! Yum!

  • Helene

    any desserts with blueberries would be great

  • Kate S.

    What dessert would I like to see in a jar?
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  • Betts

    Recipe works really well but would be better with less sugar. The extreme sweetness overwhelms the apples.

    • That’s great to know, Betts! Thanks for sharing. xox

  • Juicy Lucy

    I made lots of jars of Raspberry sauce , what dessert can I make with this in a mason Jar?

  • msophelia

    question: if i’ve used up all my jars with canning, can this be baked up in other small containers or (gasp) one larger pan?

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