Old-Fashioned Custard Pie Recipe

This recipe delivers a classic, creamy custard pie filling nestled in a flaky crust. Perfect for a homemade dessert that never goes out of style.


  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust (homemade or store-bought)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). If making your own pie crust, preheat according to recipe instructions.
  2. Prepare the pie crust: Place the pie crust in a 9-inch pie plate. If using a store-bought crust, crimp the edges decoratively. If using a homemade crust, brush the inside with egg white to prevent sogginess and pre-bake for 10 minutes at 450°F (230°C). Let cool slightly.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the sugar, milk, vanilla extract, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  4. Pour the custard filling into the prepared pie crust.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes at 450°F (230°C). Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (175°C) and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. The center will still be slightly wobbly, but will set as it cools.
  6. Remove the pie from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. This can take several hours, so be patient! Once cool, refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  7. Serve chilled with whipped cream and enjoy!

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