No matter how long the winter,
Thoroughly grease a 9-inch pie pan. Melt margarine, remove from heat, and blend with sugar and egg. Mix in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, apples, and pecans. Spread into the greased pie pan. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm with Homemade Vanilla Custard Sauce.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, scald half-and-half. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the sugar and egg yolks until they are pale yellow and have thickened to the ribbon stage. Add cornstarch, whisking until smooth, and then the vanilla. Very gradually add the half-and-half to the egg mixture and return to low heat, whisking until mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and strain into a heatproof bowl or container. Place in an ice bath until cold. Refrigerate, covered, up to two days.