Any Spare Eggnog?

Even though I abhor the taste of eggs in any fashion, for some reason, I love the taste of Custard Pie. I think it may stem from having it at my grandmother’s house all the time while I was growing up. I must have eaten it to please her, or maybe she really was that good at masking the taste of eggs in this delightfully light pie. Either way, I owe her that much because I am about to show off a little, and hopefully not take anything away from her kitchen prowess. Find below 2 recipes that are true to the custard classic, but I use just a little imagination in each.

Mini Eggnog Custard Pies
Although eggnog really doesn’t lend much more flavor to Custard Pie because of the similar ingredients, it does add some and that’s why it makes the best Custard Pie.

Prepared pie crust dough for one single(9-inch) pie crust, unbaked
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups eggnog
4 eggs
1/4 cup grapenuts
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Heat oven to 350° F. Place pie crust on lightly floured work surface and cut out four(5-inch)circles with a  cookie cutter or rim of a drinking glass. I used a large, fluted cookie cutter. Do not prick crust.   Place these dough circles into muffin wells and push down evenly with your hands or use the bottom of a glass. With a knife(if you are not using a fluted cutter), cut off pie crust rim to within a 1/4-inch from the top so that a little fo the crust remains above the well. Fold this over and flute with the tines of a fork for presentation purposes only.
In large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Equally pour into pie crusts. Bake at 350° F. for 20-25 minutes, or until almost set with the center being just barely soft. Cool 2 hours or until completely cooled. Store in refrigerator.

Makes 4 individual pies

Almond-flavored Custard Pies
Simply substitute same amount of almond milk for the eggnog in the above recipe. Use almond extract instead of vanilla as well.

FYI: Did you know that between December 23-25 at the United States Military Academy that the Eggnog Riot broke out? So that the cadets could make “proper” eggnog, they smuggled in whiskey but were caught and court-martialed.