Grapefruit Custard Pie Recipe (Tart and Tangy Temptation)

Grapefruit Custard Pie Recipe (Tart and Tangy Temptation)
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Zesty Grapefruit Custard Pie Recipe
Treat your taste buds to a slice of bliss with our Grapefruit Campari Pie. A golden crust cradles a creamy custard infused with grapefruit and Campari, topped with a vibrant berry syrup. Delightful!

Hello, Austin today from Beyond The Bayou Blog brings you a customized recipe: Grapefruit Custard Pie Recipe. I love a good custard pie but never thought to add grapefruit juice and Campari to it. This recipe comes from The Four Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. I was really intrigued by this recipe because for one, creamy delicious custard pie.

And two. I�m a big fan of grapefruit and love Campari�which took a while and was a love/hate relationship. But this custard pie was extremely delicious!

Growing up I mostly had custard pies when visiting my relatives in Mississippi. It was the top pie that was at every get-together and I would always look forward to it on the table.

But maybe a year or so ago, I had it and felt that it was just toooo sweet! My taste buds have really changed and I could not believe I did not enjoy the pie as much as I thought I would. I literally had a big ole slice that I just took one bite of.

So when I ran across this recipe, I thought, �win-win!� The perfect balance of sweet and bitter. I added some freshly whipped cream to the serving to add another component of sweetness.

Then, a syrup came to mind with grapefruit segments, blackberries, and then a splash of Campari.

The grapefruit and blackberries really added some texture to the creamy custard and worked perfectly. It tasted even nicer when I had this with Japanese Milk Bread. I hope y�all enjoy this light and refreshing dessert as much as I did!

What Is Grapefruit Custard Pie?

Grapefruit Custard Pie is a delicious dessert featuring a smooth and creamy custard filling infused with the refreshing tangy flavor of grapefruit. The pie is typically made with a homemade graham cracker crust and topped with grapefruit segments or zest for an extra burst of citrusy goodness. It’s a delightful treat that balances the sweetness of the custard with the tartness of the grapefruit, creating a unique and refreshing dessert experience. Perfect for citrus lovers or anyone looking to try something new and flavorful!

Overview: How To Make Grapefruit Custard Pie?

Overview How To Make Grapefruit Custard Pie

Hey foodie friends! Austin here, bringing you my latest creation: Grapefruit Campari Pie. Imagine a golden pie shell, filled with a creamy custard bursting with grapefruit and Campari flavors.

Start by mixing flour, sugar, and eggs, then add melted butter and zesty grapefruit juice. Pour this goodness into your pie shell and bake until perfection.

But wait, there’s more! Top it off with Campari syrup, loaded with juicy blackberries and grapefruit segments.

Each slice is a flavor explosion – tangy, sweet, and downright delicious. So grab a slice, drizzle on that syrup, add a dollop of whipped cream, and dive in. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this Grapefruit Campari Pie experience! You can also try Lemon Upside Down Cake if truly love that citrus twist in this pie.

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Grapefruit Custard Pie Recipe (Tart and Tangy Temptation)

Zesty Grapefruit Custard Pie Recipe

Treat your taste buds to a slice of bliss with our Grapefruit Campari Pie. A golden crust cradles a creamy custard infused with grapefruit and Campari, topped with a vibrant berry syrup. Delightful!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 464kcal
Author: Austin Carter
Servings: 10


  • Oven
  • Pie Dish
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • Pot


  • 1 store brought pie shell 9�
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 �large egg yolk
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice strained
  • 3 tbsp Campari Liquor
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tsp grated grapefruit zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Campari
  • 1/4 cup �water
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit segments


  • Preheat oven to 400�F (200�C) and blind-bake the pie shell for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, and salt. Then add eggs, melted butter, grapefruit juice, Campari, and heavy whipping cream.
  • Strain the mixture into a bowl and whisk in grapefruit zest.
  • Pour the custard into the pie shell on a rimmed baking sheet, then transfer to the lower rack of the oven.
  • Reduce temperature to 325�F (160�C) and bake for 35-40 minutes until slightly puffed and center is set.
  • In a pot, combine sugar, Campari, and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 minutes. Cool and add blackberries and grapefruit segments.
  • Serve pie slices topped with Campari syrup and whipped cream.


  • Create your own whipped topping. First, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Then, add the confectioners� sugar and beat until medium peaks form. Next, top the pie with the whipped cream and garnish with grapefruit slices.
  • For a peachy pink hue resembling grapefruit, Add a drop or two of pink food coloring.


Serving: 10g | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Keyword grapefruit custard pie, grapefruit custard pie recipe

Time for The Tips!

  • Make Pie Yourself: If you want to make pie yourself, here you go. Start by making a homemade graham cracker crust. Simply mix 3 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup of melted butter, and 1/4 cup of sugar until well combined. Press the mixture into a pie plate and freeze it.
  • Topping Variations: Consider trying different toppings. For example, try adding shaved white chocolate or a sprinkle of grapefruit zest on top for extra flavor.
  • Substitute Fresh Fruit: If you prefer not to juice fresh fruit, you can buy bottled grapefruit juice. Just make sure it’s 100% pure and unsweetened. Since bottled juice is thinner, use only 3/4 cup.
  • Experiment with citrus flavors: You can swap grapefruit for lemons, limes, or a mix of different citrus fruits to add a unique twist to the recipe.

What to Serve with Grapefruit Custard Pie?

What to Serve with Grapefruit Custard Pie

Storing and Managing Leftovers?

  • Once cooled, cover it loosely and store it in the refrigerator.
  • I suggest storing the grapefruit slices separately to prevent them from softening the filling. Simply place them in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • When you’re ready to serve, assemble the pie and enjoy. It’s that easy!
  • For storage, the pie can last 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator when covered with plastic wrap or foil. However, it’s so delicious it probably won’t last that long!
  • You can freeze grapefruit custard pie! Wrap the pie plate in heavy-duty plastic wrap or foil, then store it in a freezer bag for up to 2 months. Avoid adding fresh grapefruit or whipped cream before freezing.
  • To defrost, simply thaw the pie in the fridge overnight. Once thawed, add your garnishes and serve.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I substitute Campari with another liquor?

A: While Campari adds a unique flavor, you can experiment with other citrus-flavored liquors or even omit it for a different taste.

Q: Can I make the pie ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can prepare the pie ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. However, it’s best to add the Campari syrup and whipped cream just before serving to maintain freshness.

Q: Can I omit the blackberries and grapefruit segments in the Campari syrup?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to customize the syrup with your favorite fruits or omit them altogether for a simpler topping.

Q: How do I know when the custard is set?

A: The custard is ready when the edges are slightly puffed and the center is set but still slightly wobbly. Avoid over-baking to prevent the custard from becoming too firm.

Q: What if I don’t have heavy whipping cream?

A: You can substitute with half-and-half or whole milk, but keep in mind that the custard may not be as rich and creamy.