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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 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Custard Pie, Dessert
Keyword: custard, lard pie crust, pie crust
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 283cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $3


Egg Custard Filling

  • 3 whole eggs beaten
  • 1 whole egg white for brushing crust
  • 3/4 cup white, granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups scalded whole milk (warmed milk in a saucepan)
  • 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° Fahrenheit.
  • Add milk to a saucepan and scald - DO NOT BOIL!! Scalding milk is when you heat it until just warmed throughout.
  • 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 fully set.  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 when tightly covered. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 283cal | 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