Chai Spice Apples in Custard

This French classic inspired recipe is so easy and incredibly satisfying that you’ll be making it frequently. The Chai spices add a welcoming and exotic twist. A perfect recipe when you want a seasonal, fruit-based dessert, with less pastry and more calcium.


Serving size

1 slice



Prep time: 20min
Cook time: 25min
Total: 45min


3 eggs

1 cup low-fat milk

6 tablespoons butter, melted and divided (4 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup sugar

⅔ cup flour

4 large apples, semi-sweet, peeled, cored and diced

3 tablespoons sugar, divided (2½ tablespoons + ½ tablespoon)

⅛ teaspoon sea salt (optional)

1½ teaspoons Chai Spice blend or make your own:

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

½ teaspoon ground allspice

1½ teaspoons ground Vietnamese cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1½ teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional)




Nutrition Info

Makes:Serving size: 1 slice




3 g

Saturated Fat

1 g


72 mg


33 g


22 g


3 g


5 g


188 mg


54 mg


86 mg


178 mg


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. If mixing your own chai, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and reserve 1½ teaspoons.
  3. Generously butter a pie pan and place on a baking sheet and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 4 tablespoons of melted butter, vanilla and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Add the flour and salt, if using, and mix well. Set aside as you make the apples.
  6. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
  7. When butter is melted, add the apples and sprinkle with 2½ tablespoons of sugar and ½ teaspoon of chai.
  8. Cook the apples, tossing frequently, for 2 to 4 minutes or until fork has a little resistance when poking the apples. Remove from heat.
  9. Pour half the batter into the pie pan.
  10. Use a slotted spoon and scoop apples from the pan and place them on the batter. Reserve the juices on the pan.
  11. Pour remaining batter over the apples and add the juices from the pan to the top.
  12. Mix the remaining ½ tablespoon of sugar and remaining teaspoon of chai seasoning together and sprinkle over the top.
  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes clean.
  14. Let cool 15 minutes before slicing. Cut into 8 equal slices and enjoy!
Recipe contributed by FamilyCook Productions

It’s worth the effort to make your own lovely spice mix! It can be used for savory dishes as well as desserts, and in black tea, as they do in India. Try adding to applesauce, poached pears, smoothies, hot breakfast cereal and pies to add a nice twist.

Looking to lower the phosphorus levels in this recipe? Simply substitute 1 cup milk with ¼ cup heavy cream mixed with ¾ cups water.