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Friday Food: Apple and Nutmeg Custard Pie

I met Ms Lady-Of-Leisure, from henceforth referred to as MsLOL, in the supermarket and while we chatted about the lapsing of a craft group and when we should meet up for some companionable sewing, she requested I make the Apple and Nutmeg Custard Pie from this month's Delicious Magazine. I refuse to give it the lower case 'd'  it pretends to. It is less of a pie and more of a rustic tart I think.

I made only half the recipe and it seems so much bother to use my food processor that I made the pastry by hand. It was very quick. While the pastry rests the custard and apples are prepared and after the hour it is all ready to put together.

I think you could use custard from a supermarket tub, it would be perfectly fine. In our supermarket you can buy three or four whole nutmeg in the herb and spice section.

I hope you enjoy this week's recipe MsLOL!!!


Apple and Nutmeg Custard Pie    serves 8-10


  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tbspn custard powder
  • 125g chilled butter, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 60ml milk, cold

The Pie

  • 165ml milk
  • 150ml thickened cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 extra egg, beaten, for glazing
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 30g custard powder for the custard
  • 60g custard powder for the apples
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 600g green apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 tbspn fresh lemon juice
  • 45g brown sugar
  • demerara sugar for sprinkling


To make the pastry in a food processor, whiz the flour and custard powder to combine and then add the butter and pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg and milk and pulse til it comes together as a dough. Knead briefly until smooth, cover with clingwrap and refrigerate for an hour.

Pastry begins
To make the pastry by hand, rub the butter into the flour and custard powder with the fingertips until it looks like coarse breadcrumbs, then add the milk and beaten egg and bring together to form a dough. My dough was a little sticky so I added a little extra flour. Then cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for an hour.

Pastry is rested

Begin the custard by heating the cream and milk to just below boiling. Set aside briefly. Mix the egg yolks, caster sugar and 30g of the custard powder until they are smooth. Gently pour in the milk and cream, whisking all the while.

Custard making
Then strain back into a clean saucepan, add a pinch of grated nutmeg, and reheat gently, stirring for 3-4 minutes.

Custard cooling
You can tell it is ready when you can draw a finger across the back of a spoon coated in the custard and the line stays clean. Pour into a smaller container, cover with clingfilm and cool.

She'll be apples
Mix the apple wedges, lemon juice and brown sugar and then place in a colander over a bowl and allow to drain for half an hour. Discard the juices.

Apples being coated
When the time is up, place the apples in a bowl and coat with the remaining 60g of custard powder.

Preheat the oven to 180*C.

Pastry in the tin
Grease and line a 20cm cake tin. Roll the pastry out between two pieces of baking paper so that it is larger then the tin. Ease into the tin and then fill with the apple wedges. Gently bring the sides of the pastry in to partially cover the apples, leaving the centre open, pleating and pinching so it stays in place.  Pour over the cooled custard and then bake for 50 minutes. Cool in the tin for a further 20 minutes.

Top with custard, bake
Then slice and serve with some cream. The pastry is nice and flaky, though the tart seems a little dry even though the apples are moist. It really needs the cream or some ice-cream.

Apple and Nutmeg Custard Pie



I have apples here and have been thinking about a pie for several days. I'd probably use cinnamon as I don't like nutmeg much. However, I found out yesterday that I have two granddaughters next week from Sunday till friday so the apples may be eaten.

Their big brother and two cousins will be at son's and DIl's place and everybody thought I knew all about it too. Not so. I don't mind having them but would have preferred a bit more notice.


Oh that looks so delicious, wish you could send food via email to taste!


'tis I, MsLOL herself, though I havent been much of a Ms LOL today - highschool interview and tour for the firstborn (the human one, not the cat) and later on, a birthday party for her brother.

Anyway...Cindy, I am honoured that you made this on my behalf. It looks scrumptious. Thank you!


oh my that looks delicious!! thanks for sharing the recipe - I know some kids (big and small!) that are going to enjoy that for dessert soon ;)


Yum! I do love an apple dessert! Even better with some cream AND ice cream (no diet for me!)


That looks delicious!

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