Morrison’s Cafeteria Custard Pie

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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Husband, Father, Grandfather, foodie. I have worked in various capacities of food service for 50 years. Baker, cook, manager, restaurant owner, personal chef and food sales / consulting. Recently retired. I love to cook and photograph food. My other hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, bicycling, reading, music and golf.

11 thoughts on “Morrison’s Cafeteria Custard Pie”

  1. The commercial….. ” someone’s in the kitchen at morrisons, was NOT sung to the tune , ” I’ve been working on the railroad.” It was sung to the tune, ” Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah. ” This commercial ended with a black chef singing ” cookin’ the beans just so . ” Instead of strummin
    on my old banjo ” This commercial has apparently been lost over the years.


      1. Kerry, my moms brother started out as a food runner and retired as a Senior Vice President with Morrison’s. Did you know William Alonzo Fought on? I loved their egg custard, one time I asked my aunt for the recipe. She said hers made fifty pies.

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  2. Hi Kerry,
    I remember and loved Morrison’s Custard Cup dessert. However, I recall that there was a spice in the custard cup maybe nutmeg or cinnamon that no other custard cup or pie had. Do you know about this spice and how much should be added to the recipe?
    Carole Allen


    1. I loved Morrison’s Custard Pie and Cups and mainly because there was none of the other spices added like so many other places do. No nutmeg for me, please. 🙂

      No other cafeteria could beat Morrison’s!
      Annette Vaughn


      1. Hi Kerry,
        Was the Coconut Custard Pie/Cup made with the same custard base? If so, how much coconut was used per pie? Also, another favorite pie was the Sweet Potato. That caramelized top would leave the pumpkin pie at the curb!

        Thanks for sharing! I am making the pecan dressing today for the first time. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner!
        Annette Vaughn

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