Hand Pie Recipe (Old Fashioned Custard Pie)

One of my favorite pies when I was a kid was something we simply called "Hand Pie."  

Family lore has two stories for the name.  First, that many years ago, long before electric mixers were around, the ingredients were simply dumped in the pie shell and given a quick stir with the hand.  Second, that it's sturdy enough to pick up a slice and eat it with your hand.  I don't know which story is true (maybe both), but I do know that it's a simple, old fashioned, incredibly delicious treat.  

Hand Pie (Custard Pie) Recipe

  • Single pie crust recipe, formed in pie pan and unbaked

Hand Pie Filling

  • 1 C sugar
  • 4 T flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 pint cream (or Half and Half can be substituted)
  • 4 pats butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Mix filling ingredients together in a bowl and pour into the unbaked crust.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, then reduce to 325 for 50 or so minutes, until the custard is set.

When it bakes up, it's a gorgeous golden yellow color, and the flavor is so much more fabulous than you'd guess from the ingredients.  If you're looking for an old classic, something you won't find on every Thanksgiving table, this is the one.

 

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