Lately I've been posting a lot of recipes that I've found on-line, especially foods that I have found on other food blogger's sites. I thought it had been a while since I've posted one of my own recipes (or even posted at all! I've been busy...), & after seeing the news a few weeks ago I got an idea.
You see, Indiana has just voted in the legislature to have an official pie.
And it's the Sugar Cream Pie!
Here's a picture of mine:
If you want to read about it, here is an article about how this came to be.
In a nutshell, it states that sugar cream pies are a tradition dating back to the 1800's in Indiana. It comes from the Amish & Shaker communities. They would start making these pies in the wintertime when the fall harvest fruits started running out. It also has a different recipe than mine that you bake, I might like to try it sometime.
Here is another article that tells about how it was a little controversial.
Quoted from the artical:
The resolution was not without controversy.
Besides private murmuring among members of the General Assembly about the primacy of pecan pie, some wondered aloud whether the legislature has more pressing issues.
"I think it sends the wrong message," House Minority Leader Brian Bosma said. "I'm not a critic of the issue, but I think we have more important things to deal with."
*snickers* I just got a little kick out of that.
So on to my recipe. I never had sugar cream pie growing up. Mostly we had apple pie, among others. I never tasted this delicious pie until I married my husband. His mother used to make it. I'm thinking this recipe had either been her mother's or her mother-in-law's. I can't remember which one it was. I just remember that years ago I asked her for the recipe & she got it out of an old cookbook that was falling apart. But the recipe may have been seperate from that, written on a piece of paper, if I remember correctly. And I *might* be remembering wrong, because I also have this same memory of her giving me the recipe for date pudding. LOL Either way, it's old. LOL It comes from my husband's mom, who got it from one of her moms.
Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie
1 C. sugar
1 stick butter
2 c. milk
1/3 c. cornstarch
1 t. vanilla
1/8 t. nutmeg
more pats of butter & nutmeg for the top if you desire
Mix cornstarch & enough milk to make a thickening ( I use about 1/2 c. of the milk). Set aside.
Stir sugar & remaining milk in pan over medium/low heat until sugar disolves. Add butter & cook over med heat until butter melts. Slowly add the cornstarch & milk. Mix while stirring constantly. Add nutmeg & cook until thick. Remove from stove. Add vanilla & stir well. Pour into baked pie shell. **This is where I stop. But the recipe does say to pat with butter & sprinkle with a little more nutmeg or cinnamon. Place in warm oven for 5 minutes or until butter melts. Remove from oven & let cool. I have done this before, but really, the pie has enough butter in it. LOL But if you want more on the top, by all means, add it. :)
You do need to let this set up for a little while. We do LOVE to eat ours warm though.
Cold of course is good too. This reminds me of something my dad said before he married my mom. My mom said, "I like to make pies. I sure hope you like pies."
My dad said, " I only like two kinds of Pie."
My mom thought to herself that she hadn't *thought* he was that picky, but before she could reply to him he said,
" The only two pies I like are HOT & COLD." !!!!!