Classic Custard Pie With Nutmeg

Classic custard pie recipe

The Spruce Eats / Teena Agnel

  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
333 Calories
19g Fat
33g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 333
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 567mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 8g
Calcium 143mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic egg custard pie is the perfect blend of eggs, milk, and nutmeg. Feel free to use the homemade pastry and instructions below, or use a frozen pie shell or refrigerated pie pastry. Homemade pie shells are great, but ready-made crusts are excellent if you aren't into making pastry or just don't have the time.

Ingredients

  • For the Pastry
  • 1 1/4 cups/5 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon sugar (scant) 
  • 8 tablespoons butter (chilled, cut in small pieces)
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons water (with ice)
  • For the Pie Filling
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this custard pie is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Pie Crust

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for pie crust
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  2. Put the flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and granulated sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well blended.

    Mix flour
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  3. Add half of the butter and pulse 5 or 6 times. Add the remaining butter and pulse 6 times. The mixture should look crumbly with visible large pea-sized pieces.

    Add butter
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  4. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of ice water over the flour mixture and pulse a few times. Add more ice water, a teaspoon at a time, until the mixture begins to form small clumps. When you press a small amount in your hand, it will hold together.

    Add ice water
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  5. Transfer the mixture to a floured surface and - without kneading too much - shape into a flattened disc.

    Knead
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  6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

    Wrap dough in plastic
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  7. Roll the chilled dough out on a floured surface to about 12 inches in diameter. Check frequently for sticking and add more flour to the surface, as needed.

    Roll out dough
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  8. Fit the dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Cut away excess overhang and crimp the edge as desired. Refrigerate the pie shell if you won't be par-baking it immediately.

    Fit dough in pie plate
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  9. Heat the oven to 425 F.

  10. Line the pie shell with foil and fill it at least two-thirds full with pie weights or dried beans.

    Line pie plate
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  11. Place it on a baking sheet and bake at 425 F for 10 minutes.

    Place it on a baking sheet
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  12. Remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 3 minutes. If there are bubbles in the crust, press them down gently; do not prick them. 

    Remove the foil
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  13. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 F.

Make the Pie Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for pie filling
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  2. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat just until hot and bubbles begin to appear around the edges.

    Heat the milk
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  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer or whisk, beat the eggs with the 2/3 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, nutmeg, and the vanilla.

    Electric mixer
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  4. Gradually whisk in the hot milk.

    Gradually whisk in hot milk
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  5. Pour the filling into the partially baked pie shell.

    Put filling in
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  6. Cover the edge of the pie shell with a pie shield or homemade foil ring.

    Cover edge of pie shell
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  7. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.

    Bake
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  8. Then remove the pie shield and bake for about 15 minutes longer, or until the pie is set. A knife inserted near the center of the pie should come out clean.

    Remove pie shell
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  9. Cool on a rack. 

    Cool on a rack
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  10. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

    Slice and enjoy
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Tips

  • We recommend partially baking the pie shell before filling. Your crust will have a better bake and will be less soggy. If you don't have pie weights, use dried beans or raw rice.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator.