Old fashioned custard pie is a timeless dessert that embodies simplicity and classic flavors. This pie features a creamy custard filling nestled in a flaky pastry crust, creating a delightful balance of sweetness and richness.

To make an old fashioned custard pie, you’ll start by preparing the pastry crust. You can use a store-bought crust for convenience, or make your own from scratch using flour, butter, salt, and cold water. Roll out the dough and carefully transfer it to a pie dish, then crimp the edges as desired.

Next, prepare the custard filling. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until well combined. In a saucepan, heat milk until it’s warm but not boiling. Gradually pour the warm milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from scrambling. This step helps temper the eggs and create a smooth custard.

Once the custard mixture is ready, pour it into the prepared pie crust. To add flavor and visual appeal, you can sprinkle ground nutmeg or cinnamon on top of the custard before baking.

Bake the pie in a preheated oven until the custard is set and the crust is golden brown. This typically takes about 40 to 50 minutes at 350°F (175°C). Keep an eye on the pie towards the end of the baking time to ensure it doesn’t overcook.

Once baked, allow the custard pie to cool completely before slicing and serving. It can be enjoyed warm or chilled, depending on your preference. With its silky smooth texture and delicate sweetness, old fashioned custard pie is sure to become a beloved dessert in your recipe repertoire.

  • 1 unbaked pie shell (I use Marie Callendar’s deep dish)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 2-2/3 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat your eggs slightly, then add sugar, salt, nutmeg, and milk.
2: Beat well and poor into the unbaked pie shell.
4: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
5: Remove from oven and cool. Sprinkle the top of pie with fresh ground nutmeg and serve.

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