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Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Updated on December 28, 2017

Official State Pie of Indiana

Sugar cream pie was declared the official state pie of Indiana by Senate Resolution No. 5, passed in 2009. Generations of Hoosiers had already embraced this pie--the legislature merely formalized its status! This is a rich dessert, originally meant for families that had spent a long day working hard on the farm. If you have a more sedentary lifestyle, plan to take a long walk or go to the gym for a workout if you indulge too much. The featured ingredients, after all, are heavy cream and sugar!

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My Family's Quest for the Perfect Sugar Cream Pie

Will it Pass the Kim Test?

In Indiana, most good cooks eventually try their hand at sugar cream pie. This delicious pie is tricky to make. Sometimes even the best cook produces a pie that is too dry or too runny. Getting the custard filling to set perfectly at the same time the crust is exactly golden enough is quite an accomplishment.

My pie-loving family will eat any pie, any place, any time. Over the years, we have eaten our share of runny pies (just use a spoon) and dry pies (a little more coffee, please, to help it go down.) When my sister found a variation of this recipe, she was ecstatic--the filling set perfectly. After she did her own tweaking, she was sure it was perfect.

The final test of any recipe in our family, however, is the Kim Test. That would be me. If I can successfully make something, the recipe can be declared idiot-proof. You see, I got an "A" in the sewing portion of high school home economics, then barely made a "C" in cooking. I once spent half a class period peeling a single carrot before the teacher came to see what my problem was. She took the peeler out of my hand, turned it so the sharp side faced the carrot, and put it back in my hand.

I have developed some skills since then, especially with casseroles and stews, but I still lack the finesse required of a good pie baker. Sugar cream pie was greatly motivating, though. Nobody in North Carolina had even heard of it, so I had not had this pie in many years. When Lorie e-mailed me the recipe, I dove in headfirst. After carefully following the directions ( and making at least one phone call to Indianapolis during the process) I actually produced a pie that looked good and tasted amazing!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, no matter what state or country you call home.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

  • flour: 5 rounded tablespoons
  • cornstarch: 5 level tablespoons
  • sugar: 3 cups
  • salt: dash
  • butter: scant tablespoon
  • water: 1/2 cup boiling
  • eggs: 2
  • whipping cream: 1 cup (divided)
  • vanilla or almond extract: 1 tablespoon
  • whole or 2% milk:
  • 9 " deep dish pie crust: 1
  • nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix first six ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl (2-quart size at least--larger is better.) *Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir. * Repeat instructions between the * two more times.
  2. In separate bowl, beat eggs with 1/2 cup of the cream. Add 2 large mixing spoons full of the sugar mixture above to the eggs/cream mix. Stir well. Add egg/cream mixture to sugar mixture and stir. Use whisk to mix in remaining cream, milk, and vanilla or almond extract.
  3. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake for 35 minutes until puffed all over. Pie is done when knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely before serving.
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    • kimberlyschimmel profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 

      2 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Fall weather means it is time to make some pies!

    • kimberlyschimmel profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 

      5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      @Diana Wenzel: This pie is so delicious, it deserves legislative recognition!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I can personally appreciate an idiot-proof recipe. ;-) Thanks for introducing me to sugar cream pie. Not too many pies have their own legislative proclamations.

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      othellos 

      5 years ago

      Your sugar cream pie recipe sounds very delightful and easy to make. Appreciate you sharing the recipe. Good lens; enjoyed this:=)

    • kimberlyschimmel profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 

      5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      @anonymous: It is delicious!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      How nice of you to find a never fail recipe of your Sugar Cream Pie for novices to try to not have to worry about it being either too dry or runny. I had never heard of it but when I saw the title, I just had to peek in for a look and now I want a taste of it. Thank you for sharing this Indiana specialty!

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