This classic recipe delivers a subtly sweet, cinnamony Custard Pie. It’s my mom’s specialty and it simply wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it.
For today’s #SundaySupper, my friends and I are celebrating Thanksgiving just like you do–by gathering around the table, giving thanks, and sharing great food.
I’ll admit, this season hasn’t been the easiest for the Rowlands. We’ve dealt with sicknesses and broken ankles and busy schedules and hefty medical bills arriving just in time for the holidays (oh joy!).
But it’s seasons like this that make me stop and consider how blessed we really are. Even in the midst of some not-so-great things, I am surrounded by evidence of God’s grace.
It’s simple things, really: Friends offering to let the dog out while Will was in the hospital, or bringing us meals and fixing our sink when we got home. Parents who were willing to pick my car up from the shop when I was working too late to make it before they closed. Insurance that helped those medical bills seem less daunting.
Over the past few months, we’ve been prayed for, hugged, loved, and cared for in so many different ways. I am so thankful for this community of family and friends-who-feel-like-family that have made this season so much easier than it could have been.
I’m thankful for my husband, who, despite having his own physical limitations to contend with, continues to worry about me and make sure I’m feeling loved and supported.
I’m thankful for our cozy home. A place that’s all our own, despite it’s many quirks and falling-apart places.
I’m thankful that these medical bills won’t send us over the edge financially, as they do for so many people. I’m thankful that we’ll be able to pay our bills, and have food on our table, and buy Christmas gifts this year.
I’m thankful for a table weighed down with casserole dishes and elbows–a tangible expression of God’s provision, abundance, and extravagant blessings.
And I’m thankful for this virtual table as well. This space I share with you all. Thank you for being here. For joining the conversation. For sharing food and encouragement and laughter with me each week.
Oh and one more thing! Pie. I am oh so thankful for pie.
Today, I’m sharing my Mom’s Custard Pie with you all. It’s a staple on our Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, and I figured it was about time I share one of my favorite recipes here on the blog.
People seem to be either Huzzah!! or meh. about custard pie. I, for one, am firmly in the Huzzah camp, and I hope this recipe will convert you to be too. There’s just nothing like thick, caramely egg custard. It’s light and creamy with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. I tend to be pretty heavy handed with the spices, but mom always keeps a lighter touch. Do what feels right to you.
A couple tips: I always place the pie on a baking sheet since it will be quite full and spillage is always a possibility in the counter top to oven transfer. If you find you have too much filling for the size of your pie (which you most likely will), you can place the extra in ramekins and bake a crustless version. This is also a great option if you’re gluten free or just love the look of individual servings. I, for one, love to eat the custard cups warm straight out of the oven, but the pie should be chilled until set up before serving.
I used the all shortening pie crust recipe for this one, mainly because it was what I had in the freezer. However, my current favorite homemade pie crust is this Buttermilk Pie Crust.
Friends? Let’s not only remember to be grateful this Thanksgiving, but also gracious. Let’s open our doors to those who are hurting and give them a place at our tables. Sometimes a welcome is the best gift you can give.
Mom's Custard Pie
Classic Creamy Custard Pie is smooth and silky custard with a dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg on top.
- 1 9 inch pie crust
- 4 large eggs
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups milk, scalded
- Cinnamon and nutmeg, for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Prepare your pie crust and place in a 9 inch pie dish placed on top of a baking sheet.
- In a stand mixer, blend the eggs on high speed until smooth. Add the sugar, salt and vanilla and blend again until combined. Slowly pour in hot milk, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and then add a light dusting of nutmeg. If you have extra filling (you probably will) place it in ungreased ramekins with cinnamon and nutmeg on top and bake along with the pie.
- Bake at 475 for 5 minutes then turn the heat down to 425 and continue to bake for another 30-40 minutes or until the center is just barely jiggly. Allow to cool then serve or refrigerate overnight.
If you haven’t even given your Thanksgiving dinner a second thought, take heart! We’ve got you’re entire menu right here from appetizer to main dishes to sides and desserts. So keep calm and feast on! (Could I be any more cliche??!) Just use the search box at the top of my page and search “Thanksgiving”.
Thank goodness for your support network and pie always makes me feel better too. Prayers to you and yours.
Thanks so much Jane. I’m so thankful to have so many friends and family–both near and far!
I *love* custard pies
I’m definitely in the huzzah camp, mostly because I love saying huzzah. Like Renee, this post started to bring tears to my eye too (I’m choking them back since I’m still at work and shouldn’t be online – shhhh! Don’t tell anyone). You’ve gone through a lot lately but thank God for friends and family and the caring and support of people. Every time I start falling into a self-pity spiral, I find that it gets worse because I haven’t talked to a human being in a long time. Once I have that human connection again, life always seems better. It’s so true that no person is an island. And you’re right, there’s so much to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing this post and this gorgeous pie!
Haha! Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me. 🙂 Wallowing is definitely a single person activity. It’s hard to be sorry for myself when I’m surrounded by such caring people.
I’ve always enjoyed a simple custard pie and have had not much luck in finding a good recipe for it until now. Thanks for sharing your mom’s recipe. Oh, and your post brought tears to my eye. It is so heartfelt and your thankfulness of the good things comes through in your wonderful words.
Thanks Renee. This theme was just so good for this time in my life. Stopping to be thankful really changes your outlook and your attitude. I have much to be grateful for this season. I hope you like this recipe! It’s our go-to!
Glad you’re finding light at the end of the tunnel, Courtney! Your pie looks so good I’d love to try it!
Yea! Courtney, I am so proud of you! Pie looks great. And you are right…it is so easy but so delicious. Love you, Mom.
what a great community, friends and family you have!!! I loved reading your post and like you said, seeing God’s grace through people and experience. so lovely!! and love this pie!
I am so thankful for them. They truly are wonderful. Thanks so much!
How true that those tough patches make you even more away of God’s grace and blessings. I’ve never had a custard pie, but this looks fantastic. I think it would be a perfect dessert for our Christmas table.
You definitely need to try it! If you like custard, you’ll love this!
Such a great Thanksgiving message, Courtney! I’m sorry you’ve had a rough year, but hope the worst is over. From your smiling face, I’d never have guessed you had a single worry. You handle yourself with grace. So nice to meet you…and put your sweet face with your wonderful blog. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and this terrific pie! xo
Liz, that is so kind. Thank you. I was so glad I got to meet you in person! I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
So sorry to hear this year is a rough one for you Courtney, but I hope things continue to improve and that your husband’s ankle is healing nicely! I’m so thankful to have joined #SS this year and found great new blogging friends like you! Happy Thanksgiving to your and your family!
Sunday Supper has been so wonderful. I feel like I know you, even though we’ve never met. Hopefully someday soon!
I love this post. Such a good reminder to be thankful for even the little things. 🙂 And for pie. Always for pie.
Definitely. Thanks Stephanie!
How delicious with simple easy ingredients!! Your post was so nice too!!
Thanks Tara. It is definitely one of the easiest pies to make I know of.
Family recipes are my favorite ‘category’! This looks delicious and I am thankful you post so many wonderful recipes.
Well thanks Betsy. I agree…there’s nothing like family recipes.
You are a blessing Ms. Courtney! Thank you for your heartfelt post and for sharing your mom’s custard pie recipe =)
I made custard pie last year and while it was good yours turned out so much prettier then mine. I think it is time to try it again.
What a beautiful, classic pie!
It’s great you still have such a positive attitude despite what you’re going through. I hope things get better for you very soon! This pie will surely help!
Things are definitely on the up swing. Thanks for coming by to comment!
It takes a village, as you describe!
The words you wrote here are wonderful Courtney, so heartfelt! I have custard pie in my bucket list, mainly because I feel I would love it. I’m starting with this tried and true recipe!
I think you would love it too! And what can I say? The theme this week was so good…I enjoyed having the opportunity to reflect.
I love custard tart and yours looks absolutely beautiful. So sorry you’ve been through hard times but thank you for sharing your positivity! It does make me so thankful I live in a country with a free health service and wish that more people in this world had access to that. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
That is a huge blessing! I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!