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Mamaw Nicholas's Tyler Pie

Updated on November 14, 2011
This sweet, rich pie tastes great with a strong cup of coffee or tea.
This sweet, rich pie tastes great with a strong cup of coffee or tea. | Source

Sweet, Rich Pie from the WV Hills

Depending on where you're from, grandmothers are called nanas, grannies, grams, grammies, meemaws and a host of other names. And if you're from the part of Appalachia where I was raised, they're called mamaws. (Grandfathers are papaws.)

My Mamaw Nicholas was known for four dishes--fried potatoes, deviled eggs, potato salad and Tyler Pie, sweet filling rich in eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla served in a flaky pastry shell.

So rich, you'd better only eat one piece.

According to family legend, my father once ate an entire Tyler Pie. (Yes, it's that good.) It's also extremely rich. He got so sick that he vowed he'd never eat another piece for as long as he lived. As far as I know, he didn't, which was fine with the rest of us since it meant more pie for everybody else.

Hope you enjoy Mamaw Nicholas's Tyler Pie, too. (Just don't make a pig of yourself, okay?)


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When the butter & sugar look light & fluffy, you've mixed them enough. It's time to add the flour & salt.Adding the flour & salt will make the fluffy butter mixture coarse & thick.Beat in the eggs, milk & vanilla until the mixture is light yellow.It will fill a 9-inch pie crust.Or, you could fill and 8-inch crust & have enough filling for two ramekins.When the filling is set, it's done. If you like a sweet, crusty top, let it brown.
When the butter & sugar look light & fluffy, you've mixed them enough. It's time to add the flour & salt.
When the butter & sugar look light & fluffy, you've mixed them enough. It's time to add the flour & salt. | Source
Adding the flour & salt will make the fluffy butter mixture coarse & thick.
Adding the flour & salt will make the fluffy butter mixture coarse & thick. | Source
Beat in the eggs, milk & vanilla until the mixture is light yellow.
Beat in the eggs, milk & vanilla until the mixture is light yellow. | Source
It will fill a 9-inch pie crust.
It will fill a 9-inch pie crust. | Source
Or, you could fill and 8-inch crust & have enough filling for two ramekins.
Or, you could fill and 8-inch crust & have enough filling for two ramekins. | Source
When the filling is set, it's done. If you like a sweet, crusty top, let it brown.
When the filling is set, it's done. If you like a sweet, crusty top, let it brown. | Source

Mamaw Nicholas's Tyler Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 C. sugar
  • 1 C. butter (at room temperature)
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 C. milk
  • 1 unbaked pie crust


Step One

Bring the oven to 450 degrees. Meanwhile, cream together softened butter and sugar until the mixture is a fluffy light yellow.

Step Two

Sprinkle in the flour and salt, mixing well. At this point, the batter will be very thick.

Step Three

Add well-beaten eggs, and then the milk and vanilla. Mix until the batter changes from golden to pale yellow.

Step Four

Pour batter into unbaked pie shell.

Step Four

Place in oven. Immediately reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake one hour or until set.

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Hi alocsin. Pretty sneaky! Better forward recipes for a whole batch of pies so you'll have plenty to choose from for the holidays! I've been craving a coconut cream pie, but I'm the only one in my new family who likes coconut. Clearly I've fallen into a bed of crazy people! (: Thanks for stopping by. Take care, Jill

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This looks wonderful but unfortunately beyond my cooking skills. Fortunately, I can just forward the recipe to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Milli Thornton 5 years ago

      Loved your list of names for grandmas. I'm known as Gigi to my 4-year-old grandson. :~)

      I would have liked to try all four of the dishes your Mamaw Nicholas was known for--fried potatoes (yum!), deviled eggs, potato salad and Tyler Pie. Just add some meat and green salad and one or two non-potato veggies and it sounds like a yummy meal for family get-togethers.

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading & commenting, Derdriu! Take care, J

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      The Dirt Farmer: What a delicious, scrumptious, yummy pie! How sad for your father that he never ate another but how generous for you all!

      Thank you for sharing, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      I've never made a chess pie. Will have to look that up! A cup less sugar? Well, I guess. But come on, is that sickeningly sweet enough?

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Wow, it sounds similar to chess pie, but could it be made with say, a cup less sugar and turn out ok? Think I'd like to try it. Thanks for sharing your mamaw's recipe!

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Hi tebo. It's SWEET, as you can imagine. Be sure to have a strong cup of coffee nearby! Thanks for commenting.

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Wow three cups of sugar is heaps, but I guess the four eggs will balance it out somewhat, and only four tablespoons of flour. A very unusual recipe. I will have to make it to see what it is like. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Good Lord, Mary, who knows! I bet it beats a Big Mac, fries & a milkshake combined! Hope you and your family like it. Take care, DF

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Wonder how many calories are in just one piece of this pie? Who cares? Not me. I've bookmarked this so I can go back and make the pie. Thanks

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Great, Thelma! Hope you like it. Thanks for commenting!--DF

      @ Scribenet-- It really is oh so rich. Not for calorie counter, that's for sure! (: Thanks for reading! Take care, DF

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      Scribenet 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This sounds decadent. I will make this one day when no one is looking so they won't complain about the calories or when there is a big enough crowd that no one eats too much and gets sick...lol

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Sounds delicious. I plan on trying it soon!

      Thelma

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Hope you enjoy it, gogogo. Thanks for stopping by!

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      gogogo 6 years ago

      It sound yummy I am going to try baking one for thanksgiving