The BEST Old Fashioned Custard Pie

old fashioned custard pie by sayitwithcakeMy husband grew up on the Big Island and over there they have a Thanksgiving tradition of eating Custard Pie along with the traditional pumpkin pie and apple pie.  I have been a California girl all my life and have yet to see, let alone try a custard pie!  I knew this Thanksgiving I would bring a little bit of the Island back to my husband and make him a Custard pie like the kind he ate back home! 

custard pie by sayitwithcake

My husband loved this custard pie and it measured up to his Hawaiian standards! It was sweet and creamy with a homemade flaky crust.  This pie was seriously gone  in one night!! This was my first time eating custard pie.  It was so good that  I think it will be making a reappearance this Thanksgiving!

Old Fashioned Custard Pie


    9-Inch Single Pie Crust
  • 1 1/4c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c.+ 1 Tbsp. shortening (I prefer butter flavored but either works)
  • Ice water (probably about 1/4 c.)
  • Old Fashioned Custard Pie1
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 c of sugar or splenda
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 2 2/3 c of milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


    Making the Dough
  1. Combine flour and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Add shortening in small cubes.
  2. Cut in shortening (room temperature) until you get pieces that are about pea-sized.
  3. Start sprinkling the ice water by about a tablespoon at a time over the flour/shortening mixture.
  4. Very, very gently, turn the dough with your fingers so it gets exposed to the water. You’re NOT mixing, just trying to moisten all of the flour/shortening mixture. Gradually, all of the flour mixture will be moistened. Gently pat the dough into a ball (it should come together easily but not be sticky).
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to use.
  6. Rolling the Dough
  7. When you’re ready to roll out your pie crust, lightly flour your work surface and place the dough ball on the surface. One of the keys in making pie crust is to handle the dough as little as possible. the less you touch it, the more tender and flaky it will be. Starting in the center, roll the dough out into a circle shape, about 1/8? thick. When you’ve reached your desired thickness, place the rolling pin in the middle and gently fold the crust over the rolling pin. Lift the dough onto your pie plate and unfold it.
  8. Custard Pie
  9. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat your eggs slightly, then add sugar, salt, nutmeg, and milk. Beat well and poor into the unbaked pie shell. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Sprinkle the top of pie with fresh ground nutmeg and serve.

recipe adapted  from  Linda Baily

I hope you like this pie as much as I did! It would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table!

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46 thoughts on “The BEST Old Fashioned Custard Pie

  1. Hello, and thanks for sharing on Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I love custards, and your pie looks wonderful. I make a lot of ice cream, and my favorite base is a stirred custard. Different from baked custard, but same principle of using eggs to get a silky smooth texture.

  2. Hi Shamene,
    Your Old Fashioned Custard Pie looks delicious, I can almost taste it. Custard Pie is always such a comforting dessert. Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. The only reason that I have ever tried a custard pie, is because I worked at Marie Callender’s in college! 😉 I have never tried to make one myself, but your looks so delicious….I think I should!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. I can’t wait to see what you share with us next week. 🙂

  4. Oh my – your pie looks divine! Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. We sure would love it if you’d link back to the party within your post….makes you eligible to be featured. ;-} This is a special recipe.

  5. Hi!! I came across this recipe on Pinterest and it looks so jummy!! I would like to know if it’s possible that I can add coconut flakes to the custard?

  6. What is the trick to not get a soggy crust.
    Love Custard Pie and Haven’t seen one in ages. I will try very soon if I can figure out or hear from you how not to get a soggy crust. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Hi Janet, where on the Big Island would he get his custard pies from? Lankys? Leilanis Bakery? Just curious my family owned them and I am living in Las Vegas now and no one here makes custard pie. I am craving it so bad and am going to attempt to make it. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I am from the Big Island, Hilo and wish I had custard pie. LOL!!! Happy Holidays

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