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Custard Pie

This old fashioned pie is easy to make and slices beautifully.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie


  • 4 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 cups milk scalded
  • 1 9" unbaked pastry shell
  • Ground nutmeg


  • Combine eggs, sugar, salt, and flavorings; beat until blended. Gradually stir in scalded milk. Pour into pastry shell and sprinkle with nutmeg.

  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes; reduce temperature to 35 degrees and bake 15-20 more minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool to room temperature; chill before serving.
  • How to Scald Milk
  • Scalding milk means heating it to below the boiling point. Begin by pouring the measured milk into a heavy bottom, tall-sided saucepan.
  • Heat over medium-low. Too high will cause sticking. Watch your milk during the entire heating and scalding process--about 4-5 minutes.
  • Using either a wooden or silicon spoon, stir frequently until steam and bubbles appear at the edge, about 180 degrees. The barest film of foamy cream will form on the surface of the milk, tiny bubbles around the sides of the pan, and wisps of steam come off the surface.
  • Remove pan from heat as soon as milk starts to bubbles and before the little bubbles progress to a full boil.
  • Let the temperature cool down to about 105 °F.---about 5-10 minutes.