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Classic Egg Custard Pie Recipe with an Easy Crust

A classic old-fashioned homemade custard pie recipe - just as Grandma's used to be. This pie features a homemade lard pie crust and all the creamy and classic taste of a fresh-baked custard pie.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Custard Pie, Dessert
Keyword: custard, lard pie crust, pie crust
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Amy


Egg Custard Filling

  • 3 whole eggs beaten
  • 1 whole egg white for brushing crust
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups scalded whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • nutmeg to sprinkle over the top of pie

Lard Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups + dusting flour all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup lard
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water


To Make the Crust:

  • In a bowl, add flour, lard, salt, and work in 1 tablespoon of ice water as needed.          
  • Use floured hands to work the dough until fully combined and not sticky. 
  • This dough can be refrigerated for 1 hour to make it easier to roll out. (This is optional, but recommended if time permits.)
  • Grease the pie pan with a little extra lard before rolling out the pie crust and pinching the edges to form a design.
  • Brush crust with egg white.

To Make the Egg Custard Filling:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Add milk to a saucepan and scald - DO NOT BOIL!!
  • In a bowl, mix eggs, sugar, extract, salt- slowly add in the scalded milk and whisk.
  • Pour custard into the un-baked pie shell, sprinkle with nutmeg, and bake in the center rack for 30-35 mins.
  • Allow pie to sit for at least 1 hour at room temperature.
  • Place in fridge, and the serve once center is firm to the touch. Enjoy!


The pie will be slightly jiggly in the center. This pie requires 4 hours to set. You can have it set on top of the stove or in the fridge.  Be sure to only put it in the fridge once it is cooled. Cover it with plastic wrap to set or store. It lasts a good 4 days in the fridge. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2.1mg