Custard Pie

I am an avid Laura Ingalls Wilder reader and HUGE fan. I have a tendency to re-read her books many times. The other day, I was re-reading Farmer Boy, for the umpteenth time and (I am guess because of this blog) I started to pay more attention to the foods that were mentioned in the book. Farmer Boy, is about a little boy named Almonzo Wilder, who grew up to marry Laura Ingalls. The book tells about how life was, when he was a boy, the farm work, the life lessons and the enormous amount of food, it takes to grow a young boy. Every mealtime that was described in the book, told of pies, cakes, roasts, sauces and then dessert. I started looking up some of the recipes and one of them was a Custard Pie.

For this pie, you will need an uncooked crust (My Pie Crust Recipe) and your favorite custard recipe. This is one of my custard recipes, I decided to try for this pie. You can use this recipe or My Baked Custard Recipe.


3 eggs, beaten + 1 yolk (reserve white)

3/4 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups of scalded milk (IMPORTANT)

1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

1 egg white


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Pierce uncooked pie crust all over with a fork.
  3. Place a greased sheet of aluminum foil over the inside of an uncooked pie crust and over aluminum, place pie weights (or beans)
  4. Bake pie crust for 20 minutes
  5. Mix together eggs, yolk, sugar, salt, vanilla
  6. Slowly, incorporate scalded milk to egg mixture (too fast and you will cook the egg)
  7. Brush the inside bottom and sides of pastry crust with egg white.
  8. Pour custard into pie crust and sprinkle with nutmeg
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until center comes out clean
  10. Cool completely before serving

My crust cooked a little too long (I corrected the precook time in the directions), so please don’t mind the picture.

Custard Pie



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