A must-make holiday dessert, this Eggnog Pie has a creamy, smooth festive filling, baked in a sweet gingerbread crust and garnished with the cutest gingerbread cookies. 'Tis the season!
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Eggnog Custard Pie
Is there anything more festive than an Eggnog Pie? How about an Eggnog Pie baked in a gingerbread crust? These two flavors together are so amazing, and the pie itself is pretty simple to bake.
This recipe calls for store-bought eggnog, which is then whisked together with a few classic custard pie elements. It's baked in a gingerbread flavored sweet shortcrust pastry, which is made in the food processor. This pie is easily broken down into steps, too.
So, let's get to making it, shall we? The text below offers tons of tips and helpful notes, or you can scroll to the bottom to grab the recipe and get started!
Here is an overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe is listed below in greater detail.
- store-bought eggnog (make sure to use an eggnog that you actually like the taste of...because that is going to be the primary flavor element to this pie!)
- white sugar + brown sugar
- all-purpose flour + whole wheat flour
- vanilla extract
- spices: nutmeg + cinnamon + ginger + cloves
- bourbon (totally optional in either the custard itself or in the whipped cream...see serving options below for more detail on this)
Here is a list of some of the primary tools I use in this recipe. You won't necessarily choose to use them all, but they are exactly what I used. Any links may contain affiliate links.
- food processor (to make the dough)
- rolling pin (to roll out the dough)
- pie plate
- pie crust shield (it's useful to cover the edges after the blind bake for this crust)
- cookie cutters (if you want to make decorative cookies)
- sheet pan (for baking decorative cookies)
- baking basics: bowl, whisk, spatula, measuring cups
Making the Gingerbread Pie Crust
This spiced pie dough compliments the eggnog custard very nicely and has a great texture. It's similar to a Pâte Sucrée but with classic gingerbread elements added to it, like molasses, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. In this recipe, the dough can double as decorative cut-out cookies that can be placed on top of the baked custard.
To make this dough, you'll certainly need a food processor. The butter is broken down into the dry ingredients, and then an egg and molasses are added. The dough is processed until it comes together in a ball around the blade. This might take a minute or two.
The dough can be rolled out right away if you are comfortable rolling out soft dough. I recommend rolling it out between two pieces of plastic wrap.
Or, you can chill it, and roll it out on a lightly floured surface.
Once it's rolled out and in the pie tin, it will need to be blind baked. Check out this Blind Baking Tutorial for more information about blind baking pie dough. Since this dough has sugar, it should be baked at a lower temperature. And, make sure to freeze it before blind baking.
Need a gluten-free crust? This pie should work well with this Basic Gluten Free Pie Crust too. Feel free to add in some spices of the same spice elements from this recipe.
Tips for Making This Pie
This pie isn't difficult to make since it's essentially just whisking together the filling ingredients. However, here are a few tips to make sure you make the best eggnog custard pie possible!
- Make sure to strain the custard. This is important for removing any bits of the egg that don't fully emulsify into the custard filling and for reducing the amount of air bubbles in your custard filling.
- To increase your chances of getting a smooth custard, let the filling sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. The recipe below doesn't call for that, for lack of streamlining it, but this is a recommended step that can reduce the number of air bubbles in your finished custard.
- Custards are baked at a low temperature, with this recipe calling for 325ºF. There is no way for the crust to bake at that temperature, so you absolutely need to fully blind bake your pastry beforehand. This recipe also calls for brushing on some whisked egg white on the pie crust. This creates a watertight barrier for this custard pie that helps the bottom crust stay crisp!
- Don’t overcook it: The custard should be set about 2" from the outside, but still wobbly in the middle
- Let it cool before slicing: Custard pies finish setting and firming while they cool. Go hands-off and let the refrigerator work for you. If you try to cut it before it has completely chilled, you could end up with custard soup.
How to Make the Decorative Cookies
Depending on how many cookies you'd like to decorate your pie with, you may need to make a double batch of the pie crust.
As written, the pie crust makes enough for the pie and a little bit leftover for a few cookies. You can reserve about 2 ounces of the finished dough to use to make cookies.
To make this pie in the photo, I doubled the pie crust to make sure I had all the dough I wanted.
Roll out the dough and then stamp out your cookies. Chill them in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then bake in a 375ºF oven for 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the cut-out cookie.
How to Tell When Eggnog Pie is Properly Baked
Make sure not to overbake your custard pie! When a custard-style pie is properly baked, it should be just barely set. If you overcook it, you are essentially “boiling” the eggs. In some cases, that can lead to a taste of overcooked eggs. It can also make the pie feel tough, or spongy. More commonly, it leads to cracked or separated pies.
A properly cooked custard is set (and safe to eat) between 170º – 200º. Each custard recipe will vary a bit in terms of the exact temperature needed to set it, depending on the ingredients in it. This pie should reach about 180º when it is set.
Another clue that a pie is done is by looking at the outer edges and seeing if they have begun to “soufflé”, or puff up. Look for the soufflé effect to go in about 2 to 2-½″ from the outer edge, and for the direct center of the pie to still be wobbly. At this point, you want to take your pie out of the oven, and place it at room temperature to cool.
Once it’s fully cool, move it to the refrigerator to cool for at least 6 hours. During this period it will fully set.
The pie dough can be made up to 3 days ahead of time, and blind-baked up to 1 day ahead of time.
The filling can be whisked together up to 1 day ahead of time.
The pie in its entirety can be made 1-2 days ahead of time. Store the pie in the refrigerator.
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