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Why Won't Custard Set?

What Went Wrong? Custard Not Setting

Over the weekend, when I made Martha Stewart's Summer fruit cream pie, something went horribly wrong. As you can tell by the picture, the custard would not set! The recipe seemed simple enough; it's a graham cracker crust filled with cinnamon-berry custard and topped with syrupy peaches. However, I ran into some technical difficulties.
The first time I made the custard it would not thicken, but I realized it was because I didn't add enough cornstarch. The second time, I thought everything went well, but after sitting in the fridge overnight, the custard was soupy and liquidy. While the flavor was superb (I served it to my guests parfait style), the texture was all wrong. I've made custard successfully in the past, and honestly have no clue what went wrong.

Can you help me? Should I have let the custard boil longer? Did it need more fridge time?

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sioux5ita sioux5ita 7 years
Looking over the recipe, I would try cutting out some of the milk, maybe just 2 cups instead of the recipes 2 3/4 cups of milk. Not a huge fan of Martha's recipes because they're not as fool proof as you would expect them to be coming from Martha.
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
I've found that oftentimes the recipe printed on the site will differ slightly from what was printed in the magazine, but I checked this one and didn't see any differences. I too have made many Martha Stewart recipes, and it is very rare that they don't turn out great.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
hausfrau: I love Martha Stewart's recipes and consistently find them to be good. Not sure what happened with this one.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Your problem was that its a Martha Stewart recipe. Her recipes are consistently bad. Maybe 1 of every 4 I try actually works. I've stopped trying!
syako syako 7 years
I clicked the link party, and it looks like you weren't the only one...
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 7 years
This happened to me with a chocolate pudding pie recipe from Real Simple. I made it for Christmas, only to find out on their website later that it didn't work for anyone. I served it with a spoon. :)
syako syako 7 years
Were your yolks at room temp when you started?
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