Family Favorites...Velvet Custard Pie

Custard pie is one of my personal favorites and this is a very good recipe, the author claims that this pie will not weep or bead up. Scalding the milk before using does help with this. According to the Joy of Cooking, to scald milk, heat in a heavy pan just till you see bubbles along the outside edges. You do not want the milk to boil. 
Pour slowly into the egg mixture to avoid cooking the eggs. 
This is a very simple, flavorful pie and not rich, it is good for a dessert after a large meal.
 Really takes me back to my childhood. I make custard cups quite often, but the pie really hits the spot. 
Velvet Custard Pie
1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell
2 ½ cups milk
4 eggs
¾ cup sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
Grated nutmeg
  Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small saucepan, scald the milk over high heat, set aside. In a large mixer bowl, throughly beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt together. Add one cup of the hot milk to the egg mixture, beating it in slowly. Add the rest of the milk and continue to beat slowly. Pour the custard into the pie shell, and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake on the lowest oven shelf for 40 minutes or until it is pale gold. Remove to rack and cool completely before cutting.
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  1. Just wanted to let you know how much I love this recipe. I've been taking care of my dad, who is quite sick, and he always loved his mother's "cup custards" recipe (from the 30s and 40s). I've made them many, many times. But I came across your blog recently, and scrolled through your recipes, and made him this pie over the weekend. It was quick, easy, a big hit, and another way to enjoy a favorite flavor from his childhood. Then I spent some time reading some of your blog to him, especially "Do you remember …?" and we had a good time with that too! By the way, he lives in Boston, which is where I was raised, and it seems there are some universal memories and tastes, despite the distance in miles. Thank you very much, for the nice memories and the lovely recipe.

  2. Nancy, I am so happy that we could help you make some Memories with your Dad. We lost our folks when both of us were young and know the time you are spending caring for your Dad will always be times to remember. Nice that the Memories and tastes are the same regardless where we live. Say HI to him from Sue and I.


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