Old Fashioned Custard Pie

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Old Fashioned Custard Pie is a recipe that you need to have in your pie recipe collection. It’s a classic favorite.

Old Fashioned Custard Pie

Custard pie is a super easy pie recipe to make. There are only a handful of simple ingredients, and it’s very easy to put together. There are a lot of people who enjoy a good, classic custard pie, and that’s what this one is.  Old Fashioned Custard Pie has been around a long time– and for good reason! It’s a keeper.

Cutting into Old Fashioned Custard Pie

History of the Old Fashioned Custard Pie

A custard pie is characterized as any type of uncooked custard filling combined with a pre-baked crust, and then baked together. The inclusion of a large number of eggs in a custard pie recipe means that it’s a very rich pie. Buttermilk pie, pumpkin pie, chess pie and lemon pie are all considered to be different varieties of custard pie.

Ancient Romans were the first to discover how eggs work as a binding product in baking. So custard pies and tarts began to appear during the Middle Ages. And of course, they’re very popular today!

serving Old Fashioned Custard Pie

How to make an Old Fashioned Custard Pie:

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This recipe begins with the crust. You can use a store-bought single pie crust for this (I did), or you can make your own favorite homemade pie crust recipe. The pie crust is placed into the pan, edges crimped and then refrigerated until well-chilled. After chilling, the crust will be partially pre-baked. It’s super helpful to have PIE WEIGHTS since you will need them for holding down the crust while baking. You can also used dried beans or uncooked rice if you don’t want to invest in pie weights. I ordered four sets of pie weights this year for pie baking, and they have been so helpful. I use all four sets in one crust to keep it anchored down well while baking!

Meanwhile, you can get the ingredients for the custard filling ready. The filling is simply a combination of eggs, milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. That’s it.  Once those are whisked together, the filling is poured into the pre-baked crust, and then the custard and crust are baked together.

Slice of Custard Pie

A good custard pie is fairly light and delicate, but it will be pretty firm in texture and will slice well. The texture is not creamy like a cream pie. Expect it to be more of a molded cream. The filling is held together tightly because of the eggs in the pie. The spices tend to float to the top.

RecipeGirl with Custard Pie

This pie is delicious any time of year, but it’s a great one to add to the holiday menu too.

NOTE: The pie plate I used in this post is from MacKenzie-Childs. It’s their Courtly Check Enamel Pie Plate (affiliate link). It was a gift from a friend, and I love it so much! I also have their Supper Club Pie Server– so cute!

Here are a few more pie recipes you might like to try:

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Old Fashioned Custard Pie

A classic favorite!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 236kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword custard pie, old fashioned custard pie


  • One unbaked single pie crust
  • 4 large eggs
  • cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Unroll the crust into a 9-inch pie plate; crimp the edges. Refrigerate the crust-lined pie plate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and place a rack in the lower part of your oven. Line the pie crust with foil, and fill with pie weights dried beans or uncooked rice. Don't be skimpy about it-- you really want it to be weighed down. Bake until the edges of the crust are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the foil and weights, and bake until the bottom of the crust is golden brown too- 3 to 6 minutes longer. Remove from the oven, and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Then whisk in the milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Whisk until well blended, and then pour into the pre-baked crust. Cover the edges with a pie shield (or with foil). Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool at room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Keep leftovers stored in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Rachel wrote:

    Unfortunately this recipe is lacking in something as it turned out really liquidy. I made it a second time with 3 Tables poons of cornstarch and it solidified a bit.

  • Karen Jones wrote:

    I dont understand what you mean add beans or rice to weigh down.. what do you have to do that?
    Thank you.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      If you don’t weight the pie crust down before baking, it will puff up.

  • Beverly wrote:

    So what happened? Mine is still runny too?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Did it cook through?

  • Donna wrote:

    Have this in oven 25 mins so far and still very liquidy? Will keep in longer but was wondering if anyone had that problem.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I didn’t have that trouble- how did it work out?

  • Becky wrote:

    I use half n half and heavy cream yo equal the 2 1/2 cups of milk,,,makes it more like a gourmet pie and my family loves it

  • Lexi wrote:

    This looks so yummy for a Christmas morning with coffee-will have to make this!
    Thanks for sharing Lori!

  • Charlotte Moore wrote:

    My mother made these in her restaurant. They were called egg custard. Nutmeg is the only spice she used. They were so good.