Egg Nog in August: Pieathlon Time!

Pieathlon logoThese 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.

Pieathalon 5.2 bookThis 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!

Find more Pieathlon recipes on Dinner is Served 1972 or see below!

pie egg nog done 2

Pieathalon 5 recipe

More pies!

Vintage Recipe Cards

Kelli’s Kitchen

Dr. Bobb’s Kitschen

Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en

Silver Screen Suppers – The Wonderful World of Film Star Eating and Drinking

The Nostalgic Cook

Granny Pantries

Battenburg Belle

Mycustardpie.com

RetroFoodForModerntimes

Culinary Adventures With Camilla

The Sound of Vincent Price & Vincent Price Legacy UK

Tortillas and Honey

Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

Once Upon a Salad

Vintage Cookbookery

A Day in the Life on the Farm

A Book Of Cookrye

Eliot’s Eats

BookClub CookBook

Recipes4Rebels

Homicidal Homemaker

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About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers. Somehow I ended up with a cooking gene that I brought with me from Richmond, Virginia to my current home in Boston, Massachusetts. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir and a novel. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and other American recipes with a past.
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22 Responses to Egg Nog in August: Pieathlon Time!

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  6. greg says:

    It’s a stunning looking pie (with your melted chocolate drizzle)! More booze I say (3T would hardly whet anyone’s whistle, lol)! It’s an inspiring post (perhaps for the upcoming holiday season)…considering it’s coming from Australia where it’s winter now. Loved your posting!

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  7. wendyklik says:

    This sounds delicious to me. Perhaps I will make it during the holidays.

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  8. What a great holiday pie! I drew a Christmas Pie one year during Pieathalon and it gets HUGE traffic each year during the holidays. I hope the same for you!

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  9. Yinzerella says:

    I love egg nog. I love pie. And I love that you made it!
    Thank you for joining in this year’s pieathalon. I hope it was fun.
    P.S. The drizzle looks better than the shavings IMHO

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  10. Poppy says:

    I love that drizzle too! It looks very artistic. The old recipes do tend to be a bit toward the bland side.

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  11. tarynnicole says:

    You made it look so pretty! I’m so glad it kind of worked for you! xx

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  12. Sometimes I think bland might have been an ingredient for any recipe pre-1980!?!?!?!? It looks lovely without the shavings…

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  13. Kari says:

    Oooh, that sounds nice! My husband makes eggnog every year at Christmas and his recipe calls for both rum and whiskey (he uses bourbon). Maybe a little bourbon would boost the flavor a bit?

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  14. S S says:

    One teaspoon of nutmeg and no other spices? No wonder it was so bland. But it looks lovely. I love your blunt honesty when you say your chocolate shavings turned to dust. Though sometimes a light dusting of chocolate can look charming anyway! 😀

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    • Thanks for visiting! The challenge of recreating older recipes is whether to alter them too much. If I really need to make chocolate curls, I need a lesson and the right tools, not a chocolate bar and a carrot peeler!

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  15. Sally says:

    Custard tart by another name. Always gets my seal of approval.

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  16. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . this looks absolutely wonderful.

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