Egg custard pie is a traditional southern dessert which takes only minutes to prepare, using simple ingredients from the pantry and farm fresh eggs from the hens. This may be a dessert of the south, but this northern farm girl has added her touch to it!
Thank you, little feathered dinosaurs
Hands down, by a landslide, this old fashion egg custard pie is an great option to serve each week. Well, more if you’d like, and you may just like that idea. This old fashion egg custard pie is worthy enough to allow you to shamelessly lick the plate clean.
Hey, I’m not here to judge. How you pick up every morsel of deliciousness is not my business.
We began raising poultry for various reasons. The main reason is the ability to consume an egg from a truly free-range hen.
The second is the countless hours of free entertainment they provide. You know exactly what I’m saying. In all honesty, outside of the garden and preserving foods where else do we truly spend most of our time? With the little feathered dinosaurs of our time, of course.
There are quite a few recipes using eggs, and we can talk quiches, omelets, and frittatas all day. How about a dessert which is sweet and savory, one that can be eaten as a meal?
Alright, maybe you can’t, and maybe the kids really shouldn’t, but y’all, it’s really that good.
The world of Google and the land of Pinterest offers many recipes in regards to making egg custard pie, with most recipes create a dense filling. However, that’s not what you’ll get from our recipe.
Feel free to use either chicken or duck eggs (read more to learn about the variations below) though I’ll be honest, duck eggs are the way to go.
The Good Egg
Overall, my family prefers duck eggs over chicken, loving the rich flavor they provide. Not only are they excellent for cooking (think back to what I was saying about omelets, frittatas, or quiches), they are exceptionally delicious to bake with. Here’s why:
- The whites of duck eggs have more protein than chicken eggs, which helps to create a higher and lighter product
- The yolks found in duck eggs are richer in flavor due to its fat content, allowing baked good to be richer in flavor
Depending on the age and breed of the duck you will more than likely receive eggs in various sizes. Keep in mind, because duck eggs have more protein and a higher fat content you should not consider them equal to chicken eggs when using them as an ingredient.
large duck egg is equal to 2 chicken eggs
small duck egg is equal to 1 large chicken egg
large duck egg is equal to 3 Bantam chicken eggs
If you’re not raising ducks, or can’t get your hands on some duck eggs, don’t worry! Chicken eggs will do just fine for making this dessert.
Egg Custard Pie
This old southern recipe was passed down from Justin’s family. Being a true southern egg custard pie there’s one ingredient which you will not see often in modern versions, cornmeal.
Now before you turn up your nose to this recipe, don’t. Give it a go, I can promise you, you’ll not regret it. Especially if it is accompanied with a hot cup of coffee with a splash of our homemade Irish Cream Liquor in it. Amen.
Homemade Old Fashion Egg Custard Pie
- 3 large Duck Eggs 5 Chicken Eggs
- 1 1/4 cup Organic Cane Sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp Organic Cornmeal
- 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg optional
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 stick Butter melted
- 3/4 cup Whole Milk preferred
- 1 9 in Unbaked Pie Shell
- Prebake oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- In a mixing bowl add all ingredients
- Gently hand whisk until the eggs are thoroughly blended, without over mixing the eggs
- Pour egg custard mixture into an uncooked pie shell
- Bake for 30 minutes. Test center with to ensure the egg custard pie has thorough cooked
If you’re having a hard time finding organic cornmeal order this one, Certified Organic Cornmeal. We use it often and love it!