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Old-Fashioned Custard Pie


Here's a delicious recipe that we used to make when I was a girl. Enjoy! 

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons shortening
1/4 cup cold water

Custard Filling:
4 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In small bowl, mix together flour and salt. Cut in shortening until resembles small coarse crumbs. Add half water, mix dough, and then add remaining water and mix until dough forms a ball. Roll out pie dough onto floured surface the size of your pie plate. Transfer to plate and crimp edges. Set aside.


In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt until combined. Add half and half and milk and mix well. Pour into prepared pastry. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake on lowest rack (to ensure a nice brown bottom crust) for 15 minutes at 450 degrees, then lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 10-15 minutes until knife in center comes out clean. Center may be a little soft. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack. Serves 8. 
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