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Classic Egg Custard Pie with Lots of Nutmeg

Old-fashioned yet quietly innovative, this custard pie juxtaposes two ordinarily opposing forces -- satisfyingly creamy and ethereally light -- within a single filling. It's also unsparing with the spice and all the better as a result.

  • Servings: 10
  • Yield:

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2008


  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • Sweet Pastry Dough for Custard Pie
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 12 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for sprinkling
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/8-inch-thick round. Fit into a 9-by-2-inch round fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Line with parchment, and fill shell with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove beans and parchment, and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  2. With the tip of a paring knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into a saucepan, and add pod. Add cream and milk, and bring to a simmer. Remove pan from heat, and cover. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  3. Whisk together yolks and granulated sugar in a large bowl until pale and thick, about 2 minutes. Still whisking, add warm cream mixture in a slow, steady stream. Add arrowroot and nutmeg. Whisk until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve into cooled crust. Skim foam from surface.

  4. Bake until edges of filling are set but center is still slightly wobbly, about 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight). Before serving, unmold, sprinkle with nutmeg, and dust with confectioners' sugar.

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