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Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie Recipe

A simple and delicious pie dating back to the 1800's
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chilling time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pie
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 612kcal
Author: Tricia


For the pie filling:

  • 4 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (222g)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 cups heavy cream (24oz)
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes (75g)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

For the topping:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Prepare and bake a deep-dish pre-baked pie crust pastry. Homemade, frozen or refrigerated crusts are all fine. Set aside to cool. (SEE link in notes for recipe and directions if making homemade)
  • Once cooled, lightly cover the outer edges of the crust with strips of aluminum foil to prevent burning while the topping is broiled. Place the crust on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.

To prepare the filling:

  • In a medium, heavy bottom saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch, sugar and a pinch of salt. Add the cream and butter. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly to prevent scorching until the mixture thickens and begins to boil. Cook 1 minute more, then remove from the heat.
  • Off heat, add the vanilla and whisk to combine. Pour the filling into the pre-baked pie crust. Gently jiggle the pan to distribute the filling evenly in the pie plate.
  • While the pie rests, move the oven rack up, to about 6-inches from the heating element. Preheat oven to broil with the door propped open.
  • After the pie filling sets for 15 - 30 minutes, drizzle 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the top of the pie. Tilt the pie to distribute the butter evenly. Combine the cinnamon and nutmeg and sift over the pie filling. Place the pie under the broiler and cook until the butter bubbles and the surface browns. This won’t take long so don’t walk away!
  • Cool the pie completely then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, or until the center is set. Serve and enjoy!


  • For pretty slices, run a large, thin knife under hot water, then carefully dry. Use the warm knife to slice the pie, re-heating and drying between slices.
  • For homemade pie pastry, we recommend our Perfect Pie Crust Recipe in 3 easy steps.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. When multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.


Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1619IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg