Ingredients :

- For the shell:

*1.5 cups - flour (maida)

*1/4 tsp - baking powder

*1 egg, beaten lightly

*1/3 cup - sugar, powdered

*1/2 cup - Butter

*A pinch of salt

- For the filling:

*3 eggs, beaten

*1 tsp - vanilla essence

*2 cups - Milk or 1/2 tin condensed Milk

*Ground Sugar to taste

*1 tsp - Nutmeg powder

Method :

* For the shell:
-Whisk butter and sugar till creamy. Add salt.
-Add egg gradually and beat continuously.
-Add sieved flour and baking powder; knead till dough resembles breadcrumbs. Add water and knead till smooth.
-Chill for 1/2 an hour. Roll out into a large disc and cover a 24 cm. pie dish without breaking pastry.
-Pat down edges and decorate with a spoon or fork to make markings.
-Brush with egg white and set aside.
* For the filling:
-Beat eggs and sugar till smooth.
- Add vanilla essence. Heat milk gently.
-If condensed milk is used, make upto 2 cups and do not add sugar unless needed.
-Add egg to milk and stir till creamy.
-Spoon the custard into the pie shell without spilling.
-Bake in a medium oven for 45 mins. or till done and custard is firm. Cool. Sprinkle nutmeg powder over and cut into slices to serve.

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