Tarte a La Bouile (Custard Pie)

Recipe by Dus8723
READY IN: 2hrs 40mins
SERVES: 12-14
YIELD: 2 pies




  • Combine 1 1/4 cups of the sugar and all the cornstarch in a mixing bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the milk, evaporated milk and egg yolks. Slowly add the milk mixture to the sugar mixture and blend. Pour this into a heavy bottomed pot and cook on medium heat stirring constantly until it thickens. (it normally takes me about 30 minutes).
  • Remove it from the heat and add 1/4 cup of butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir it until the butter melts and set it aside to cool.
  • To make the dough, combine the remaining 1 cup of butter, the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar, the whole egg, the remaining teaspoon vanilla the almond flavoring the flour and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir until the dough comes together. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. (this is normally a very loose dough, add more flour if you'd like).
  • Preheat your oven to 350.
  • Divide the dough in half for your two pies. roll one half out to no thicker than 1/4". Press the dough into 2 greased and floured pie pans. (Depending how thick you roll the dough, i usually have enough left for some lattice on top the pie. If you only make one pie you will have plenty dough left for lattice).
  • Puncture the bottom of the pie crust with a fork a few times and pre-bake for about 10 minutes (this step was never in the original recipe but i do it every time).
  • Pour the cooled custard into the pie pan and cover with the lattice if you like.
  • Bake until the crust is lightly browned, about 30 minutes, and cool before slicing.