Kerrys Food Thymes

Morrison’s Cafeteria Custard Pie

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I was asked recently if I had the recipe for Morrison’s Cafeteria custard pies. After managing Morrison’s Cafeterias for 17 years, I pretty much know all of their old recipes. Custards are sort of a poor man’s creme brûlée but a much less expensive alternative.

Back in 1987, I was asked to share the recipe with the food editor of the Fort Myers News Press and with permission from the corporate office, this is the recipe I shared with her back then. I broke down the original recipe for 10 pies to a recipe for just two pies.

I thought I would try to make one recently by doing half of the recipe below, and it turned out great! (with a few revisions). Below is the original newspaper article…

(Due to my poor editing skills, the blog continues below the blank spaces)

After 15 minutes, It looked like the pie was getting too brown so I turned the temperature down to 325 degrees and cooked it for an hour total before it set up. I also set the pie on a ridge sided pan so I could add a little water under the pie to help it set. I had enough custard mix left to make a custard cup also, and I also set that dish in a water bath. The custard cup was done in 30 minutes.


Suggested music for your listening pleasure while preparing custard pie….

Why not ? “Custard Pie” by Led Zeppelin from their album “Physical Graffiti” released in 1975.

“Someone’s in the Kitchen at Morrison’s” a popular advertising slogan from the 1980’s for Morrison’s Cafeterias sang like “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

“How Do You Like Your Eggs in the Morning” by Dean Martin featuring Helen O’Connell from the 1997 album “Memories Are Made of This”

“American Pie” a huge hit by Don McLean from his 1970 album “American Pie”

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