These dog days of August make frozen custard more inviting than a pie with a custard filling, but I couldn’t resist the call from Yinzerella of Dinner is Served 1972 for competitors in the 5th annual Pieathlon. I participated once before by making a recipe for Cottage Cheese Apple Pie, which is not as vile as it sounds. This year, Yinzerella collected recipes published before 1990 from food bloggers, and assigned each of us a pie to make and share.
This year’s challenge, Old English Egg Nog Pie came from Retro Food for Modern Times, a fun blog that bills itself as “yesterdays recipes, cooked today.” Originally published in Entertaining with Good Housekeeping (date unknown), the recipe seems fit for a holiday feast. It took three steps to make – crust, custard, and the final addition of whipped cream and egg whites. Luckily, given the sweltering temperatures in Boston this month, only the crust required baking. I modified the original recipe by using melted chocolate to decorate, as my attempt at chocolate shavings ended up looking like dust. I also didn’t have a springform pan, so I used a tart pan instead. The directions worked quite well, but next time I’d add more nutmeg or a teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract to the filling – it was somewhat bland despite the rum and the chocolate topping. Still I was happy to fuel my training for a real triathlon in September!
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