Tomorrow will mark five years since my grandmother, Ruth, left this life cycle. I still remember that time as though it was just last week. My family had planned to gather to celebrate her 90th birthday (November 23) and Thanksgiving. Instead we gathered to say goodbye after she experienced a stroke that turned out to be fatal. During that time I felt so humble and so amazed. We gathered in her apartment and shared memories and my Aunt Cheryl, who I have never been particularly close with, really took care of me. She knew I had spent the most time with Grandma growing up and that this transition was hitting me the hardest.
As we were going through pictures and looking at knick knacks, I noticed my grandmother’s old metal recipe box. You know, the kind that holds index cards full of handwritten recipes. In it I came across a recipe for Eggnog Pie. I remembered having it when I was younger but thought it had been a dream as it wasn’t something she made often. Since then I have made it ever year…it reminds me of my grandmother and her imprint on me. Many of my friends have asked for the recipe so here it goes!
2 C eggnog – This year I used Eggnog made with Coconut Milk and it still works!
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. nutmeg – I like to add a little cinnamon too
Your Favorite Pie Crust (homemade or pre-made – both work fine. I really like graham cracker!)
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare pie crust according to directions. Partially bake crust at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. If crust puffs, gently press back to bottom and sides of pan. Reduce to 350 degrees.
In large bowl, beat eggnog, 3 eggs, brandy and vanilla. Add sugar, salt and nutmeg, mix well. Pour into partially baked pie crust. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
You can serve the pie as is or garnish with your favorite whipped topping and a little nutmeg.
Refrigerate uneaten servings, it’s especially yummy cold.