Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peach Pie With Custard Filling

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If there is one recipe that tastes like summer to me, it’s this one. My grandma’s old fashioned peach pie with custard filling. Sweet, ripe peaches nestled in decadent, creamy custard is like a little taste of heaven. One bite brings me right back to my grandparents farm in Goodell, Iowa and summertime as a child.

Grandma's Peach Pie

I am joining 5 other blogger friends today on a blog hop to bring you old-fashioned summer inspiration. Recipes, stories, ideas, DIY’s that remind us of summer’s from long ago. I love reminiscing about the past, especially with friends! I hope you will continue reading to the end of this blog post for links to their old-fashioned summer posts.

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Peach Pie Slice
Peach Pie With Custard Filling

This peach custard pie recipe comes from my grandma Cunningham. Grandma was strong, independent, and sensitive woman who loved Pall Mall cigarettes’, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, crossword puzzles, time alone, and 60 Minutes on Sunday nights. She was not the motherly-grandma type who would give you anything you wanted to show affection. Rather, she was a woman who believed in tough love. She didn’t sugar coat anything, she wouldn’t let you win a game just because you were her grandchild (I know this from experience!), and she always told you the truth whether it stung a little or not. Grandma always wanted you to the best, independent version of yourself you could be. And that is how grandma showed affection and how you knew she loved you.

Grandma Cunningham
Marcella Jeanne Cunningham July 17, 1931 – June 13, 2007

Some of the first memories that come to mind when I think of grandma Cunningham include food.

Memories of Grandma

I will always remember grandma’s toast for breakfast. (She actually wrote about this in one of the last letters I received from her.) It was something about grandma’s butter to bread ratio. She always had just the right amount of butter smeared on white bread toast. And, you could always count on a pitcher of grape juice in grandma’s fridge to wash your breakfast down. If you came to grandma’s in the afternoon, she would put out Pringle’s or vanilla wafers on green Styrofoam trays (you know the kind they use for produce) for snacks. But, I think grandma’s peach pie is what really sticks out in my mind. It was always so delicious and I remember wanting to eat the luscious custard out of the entire pie. Grandma would never let that happen!

Peach Pie on a Summer Day

This peach pie recipe is unusual but extremely simple and easy to make. My mom, an avid cookbook reader, has never seen this recipe printed on the hundreds of cookbooks she has read! So, I am excited to be sharing my grandma’s unique and one of a kind peach pie recipe that I know you will love as much as my family.

Fresh Baked Peach Pie

Did you know that July is peak peach season?! Now is the perfect time to buy those beautiful, fresh peaches from the grocery store or the farmer’s market and whip up some old fashioned fresh peach pie.

Fresh Southern Peaches
Fresh Southern Peaches

Old Fashioned Peach Pie Ingredients

  • Unbaked pie shell
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Salted butter, melted
  • Sugar
  • Fresh ripe peaches, halved
Slice of Pie
Homemade Baked Pie

How to Make Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peach Pie

Start your pie with ripe peaches. I like to buy southern peaches that are a little under ripe at the grocery store, and then bring them home to ripen on our kitchen counter. This usually only takes a day or so. Soft peaches are typically sweeter and juicer, perfect for pie.

Fresh Peach Pie

Peel your peaches with a sharp paring knife (a sharp knife is key) to remove the skin. Once peaches are peeled slice them in half (from end to end) and then remove the pit.

Place the four peach halves (pit side up) that have been peeled and pitted into the unbaked pie shell.

Peached in a Pie

I bought a pre-made pie shell in a baking tin for this recipe, however you can certainly make your own pie dough from scratch. Or, you can also purchase pie dough and place that in your own pie baking dish as well. These days I like to take the help from the store whenever I can get it!

Next, the best part of the entire pie…the custard filling!

Slice of Peach Pie
Custard Pie Filling

Beat the eggs in a bowl until they are nice and fluffy. Add in the milk and beat again. Beat in the combined sugar & flour until well incorporated. Finally, beat in the melted butter. The custard filling should be thick but also light and airy.

Pour the custard filling into the pie shell covering peaches and filling the entire shell.

Grandma's Peach Pie

Bake peach pie for about 45 minutes, until custard is set and top of pie has a crunchy outer shell. Allow pie to cool before serving. Cut into slices to serve or do what I did, take a fork and just dig right in! You will find it hard to resist eating all of the custard filling. If you can restrain yourself, and you have leftover pie, store covered in refrigerator.

Pie Served on a Summer Day

I served our peach pie on these adorable, floral vintage dishes. These dishes reminded me of an old fashioned summer and I just loved the delicate floral details. I bought these plates from Spoon River Vintage on Etsy. While they do not have these exact plates any longer they do have these adorable mismatched salad plates, these mismatched dessert plates are beautiful, and I love the floral detail on these Edwin M Knowles dessert plates.

Vintage Dessert Plates
Fresh Baked Pie

I would love to know if you make my grandma’s peach pie, leave me a comment here or tag me on Instagram if you do! It makes me happy to know a little piece of my grandma Cunningham will continue to live on here in this blog and through the generations of our family as we pass down her recipe.

Peach Pie With Custard Filling

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  1. That is terrible Melanie! I think I would have scooped up the pie and ate it anyways lol! Interesting, so funny how you have different cooking instructions than my mom. I did have someone else say their pie took longer to cook than my instructions.

  2. I finally got around to making Grandma’s peach pie last weekend! It turned out great! I made the crust from scratch and it rolled out paper thin. The peaches were perfect and the custard set up beautifully.

    And then, disaster struck. I decided to cool the pie in the porch so I could work on dinner. I tripped and the whole pie went flying and landed face down. I could have cried.

    I made it again today and it hit the spot. But, I noticed it took longer to bake today. I wonder if that has to do with the rain we’ve been having. I also noticed my baking instructions are slightly different from yours. Mine say to bake on the bottom rack at 400, then after 15 minutes, move & rotate the pie to the middle rack and turn the oven down to 350. I’ve seen Grandma do this on other recipes. Wish I could tease her about it now. 🙂

  3. Hello! I am glad to hear your family loved it! It makes me happy to know a little piece of my grandma is being carried on to other families. Thank you for your comment.

  4. I made this pie, had trouble getting in done!
    Will also make more custard for filling next time – it didn’t begin to fill the pie shell! But family ??

  5. Hi Betty, I am not sure what happened. The top of the pie should have kind of a sugar crust, that you can easily break through. I don’t know why the custard did not set, I apologize your pie did not come out the way it should have!

  6. I’m having a problem getting my custard to set – it also has a thicken hard crust that I had to break through. What did I do wrong? I preheated my oven well!

  7. Thank you for being a part of the hop Kelly! It was fun to share an old family recipe that I might not have shared otherwise!

  8. Hi Michelle! Thank you! It is a unique yet delicious recipe that I am so glad to have from my grandmother!

  9. This sounds amazing! I JUST HAPPENED TO BE WORKING WITH MY GRANDSON ON MY LAP, He loves your pics of your pie and wants me to send them to him. He is three and he wants me to tell you that his favorite letter is the letter T. I am so excited to feature this post on The Fabulous Friday Link Party. Hugs and blessings to you.

  10. Wow! What a great filling for a pie! Peaches and custard? Yes, please! Grandma knew what she was doing! Popping by from Farmhouse Friday 262 🙂

  11. Heidi this looks os yummy and even better that it has wonderful memories attached! I loved this blog hop and feel very thankful to be included. You are a wonderful host! Pinning!

  12. That is too funny! I am glad you joined in this hop, I absolutely loved the zucchini bread you shared!

  13. Oh Heidi would you believe that I have never had peach pie? Changing that this summer! This recipe looks delicious and your grandma was a beauty. Thank you so much for hosting!

  14. Oh, yum! This pie sounds heavenly, Heidi! I can’t wait to try it. And i have to laugh at the description of your grandma. One of my grandmas (who ironically still resides in Iowa) sounds like your grandma’s twins. Right down to the cigarettes and beer.???? Thanks again for organizing such a fun hop. Pinned!

  15. I loved reading about your grandma! She sounds so much like my paternal grandmother. And I can undeniably say, I cannot wait to make this pie! My dad loves custard pie, and I have never seen this variation with peaches. Thank you for the recipe!

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