A simple dessert to make, egg custard pie is incredibly tasty and can be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s one of those classic desserts that are the very essence of comfort food.
But finding a good recipe for egg custard pie can be quite a painstaking task. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work for you… all you have to do is make it!
We’ll be going over everything you need for making an egg custard pie and you’ll be enjoying this classic recipe in absolutely no time at all.
What Is Egg Custard Pie?
For those of you who have never had the pleasure of trying an egg custard pie, let’s go over what it actually is! It is a pie that is made with custard and baked into a crust that is buttery and flaky.
It tastes like vanilla and nutty ground nutmeg, both of which are prominent in the recipe.
There are lots of custard pie variations out there, but pretty much all of them originate from the classic egg custard pie. It is light in taste and very sweet. The beauty of egg custard pie is that it can be enjoyed both hot and cold and it will still taste absolutely delicious.
Egg custard pie is known for its simplicity and it’s one of the reasons why it is so popular. Most families have a recipe for egg custard pie that is passed down through generations.
Each family recipe might be slightly different, but they all have the same basic ingredients and steps.
How To Make Egg Custard Pie
Making egg custard pie is a really straightforward and simple process once you have the ingredients together. Just follow this simple recipe and you will be enjoying your own homemade custard pie in absolutely no time at all!
- 1 store-bought or homemade pie crust
- 1 cup (200g) sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups (480ml) whole milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Step 1: Preheat The Oven
The first thing you need to do is lightly grease a pie plate with butter and preheat your oven to 350°F.
Step 2: Roll Out The Crust
If you’ve opted to use a homemade crust, then the next thing you need to do is roll it out. You need to lightly dust your kitchen counter with flour. Once you’ve done this, you need to use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 12-inch circle.
The easiest way to roll the dough is to start in the center and roll outwards towards the edges. As you roll, make sure you rotate the dough because this will help it to keep its circular shape.
If at any point the dough starts to stick, simply dust your rolling pin with some more flour and continue rolling.
Step 3: Transfer The Dough To The Pie Plate
Next, carefully transfer your rolled-out dough to the pie plate. When the dough has been transferred to the pie dish, press it gently down to the line of the greased pie dish.
Step 4: Crimp The Edges Of The Pie Dough
With the transferring of the dough done, you will want to fold and rough the overhanging dough until the edges are built up. Make sure you trim any excess dough off during this step.
You can use your fingers or a fork to crimp the edges of the pie dough, this will give the finished product the classic pie look.
As soon as you’ve finished crimping the dough, put it in the freezer to chill until the oven has finished preheating.
Step 5: Prepare The Crust For Pre-Bake
As soon as the oven is preheated, take the crust out of the freezer. You will then need to line the crust with heavy aluminum foil and make sure that it extends over the edges of the crust.
Now, fill the crust with pie weights (dry beans will also work) until the crust is about two-thirds full. This will help make sure the crust doesn’t puff up while you are baking.
Step 6: Par-Bake The Crust
Now you will want to par-bake the crust for about 45 to 50 minutes or until lightly golden. Once the crust is done, remove the pie weights and foil. Let the crust cool for a bit while you prepare the filling.
Step 7: Make The Filling
When you get to this step, first reduce the temperature of the oven to 325°F. When that is done, get a large mixing bowl and whisk the sugar, flour, salt, and nutmeg together.
Next, whisk the eggs, then add in the melted butter, then the milk, and then the vanilla extract. Make sure they are all whisked together thoroughly. The mixture will be pale yellow in color as well as liquidy when it is ready.
Step 8: Time To Bake The Pie
Once you’ve made the filling, pour it into the parbaked crust. Make sure you carefully transfer the pie to the oven and bake it for about 50 to 55 minutes. The custard needs to be set at the edges of the pie, but it needs to be wobbly in the center.
To make sure the pie is ready, use an instant-temperature thermometer in the center of the pie. The temperature should read 170°F to 175°F when it is done.
Step 9: Cool & Chill
Finally, take the pie out of the oven and allow it to cool until it reaches room temperature. Once it has, put it in the fridge to chill until you are ready to serve it.
Making an egg custard pie couldn’t be any easier once you know the recipe. You’ll find yourself making it again and again once you taste how truly delicious it is!
Try this recipe out for yourself and serve it up to your family and friends. They will be more than impressed with your baking skills!
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