Sunday, May 18, 2008

I love pie.



I do -- I really love pie -- almost every kind you can think of -- savory, sweet, cream pies, fruit pies, fried pie, meat pies, icebox pies, meringue pies, with a lattice crust, with no crust -- I don't care. I just love pie.

Yesterday afternoon, when our garage sale traffic began to slow down (that's another story), I made a pie -- the first in years. Why don't I make pie more often since I love it so? Well, that's because I eat it -- all of it. I can be moderate about some things but not pie.
Anyway, the pie I chose to make yesterday was egg custard, partly because I had all the ingredients on hand and partly because I love it.

Here's the recipe which I got from a good friend (Sandi Benton) many years ago:

Egg Custard Pie

4 eggs
2/3 c. sugar
2 c. milk
2 T. flour
2 T. butter (melted)
1 t. vanilla

Combine the sugar and flour; beat in the eggs with a whisk. Add the milk, vanilla and melted butter, and mix well with whisk. Pour into unbaked pie crust, and top with some nutmeg if you like.
Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 325 and cook about another 30 minutes or until filling is set.

You might want to cover the crust with one of these little metal protectors to keep it from getting too brown.

P. S. That's not my own personal pie in the picture, but one I borrowed from Betty Crocker. I couldn't take a picture of my own personal pie because it disappeared ;-). And by the way, mine actually didn't have such overly brown crust, and of course, had lovely crimped edges. Guess I'll have to make another one to prove it?

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