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Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie

Creamy, luscious and way better than any instant pudding pie you ever ate, this old fashioned sugar cream pie is absolutely unforgettable and only gets better as it rests, so make it TODAY!

This wonder pie hales from Gerschuh’s Restaurant in Greenville, OH, a neighboring town of my childhood home near the Indiana border. You know the kind of place, where shiny chrome bar stools, huge glistening plate glass windows and red pleather covered chrome edged booths line the walls. That was Gerschuh’s Restaurant the best place in the world for pie. If you read on below the recipe card, I’ll tell you about Gerschuh’s.

A photo of a slice out of a whole old fashioned sugar cream pie in a glass pie plate on a kitchen towel

Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie

WHY THIS RECIPE FOR SUGAR CREAM PIE WORKS

  • All natural ingredients
  • Eggs thicken the pie as it cooks
  • Vanilla and sugar together are the key.
  • The cinnamon on top gives it a lovely color when it is done.
  • Just mix, pour and go.
A photo of a slice of Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie from the right side on a flowered china plate

Sugar Cream Pie

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SUGAR CREAM PIE

The Basic Sugar Cream Pie Recipe

  1. Preheat oven 325 and put pie crust in 9” pie plate for sugar cream pie recipe.
  2. In bowl, mix sugar, flour, salt, whipping cream
  3. In smaller bowl, mix half and half, egg yolks and vanilla.
  4. Pour egg mix into sugar mix, stir well, pour into pie shell. 

Bake sugar cream pie recipe  at 350 until bubbling through 10 minutes.

WHERE DID SUGAR CREAM PIE ORIGINATE?

According to my friends over at Wikipedia, sugar cream pie originated in western Europe and is now a favorite in the midwestern states. 

Other names for this pie include:

  • Hoosier Pie
  • Indiana Cream Pie
  • Indiana Farm Pie
  • Finger Pie (don’t ask, I don’t know why)

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUGAR CREAM PIE AND BUTTERMILK PIE? 

Sugar Cream Pie is similar but the Buttermilk pie actually uses buttermilk in place of the cream and half and half! So the Btr milk pie is a little more tangy than this creamy sugar cream pie.

WHAT IS THE INDIANA STATE PIE? 

This sugar cream pie! Of course!

WHAT OTHER PIES WERE FAMOUS AT GERSCHUH’S RESTAURANT? 

This OLD FASHIONED BUTTERSCOTCH PIE was also very famous at that restaurant.

DO YOU HAVE TO REFRIGERATE SUGAR CREAM PIE? 

Yes, you really should refrigerate this pie after baking. It tastes best that way anyway. 

HOW LONG WILL SUGAR CREAM PIE KEEP? 

If you cover it and place it in the refrigerator it will be good for about 5 days. No worries, the people in your house will make sure it disappears before 5 days are up.

CAN I MAKE SUGAR CREAM PIE WITH A GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST? 

Yes, of course you can! That would be yummy too. 

a photo of a slice of sugar cream pie from the left on a china plate on a tan linen napkin

Sugar Cream Pie

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING A PERFECT SUGAR CREAM PIE

  1. Firstly, watch the video that is  in the recipe card of Wendi making a sugar cream pie, that will help! 
  2. There is enough filling to make two thin pies or one very thick pie. I always opt for the thick pie.
  3. If you choose to make two pies instead of just one, bake for less time. 
  4. Bake the pie on a cookie sheet, as it could bubble over a little.
  5. Do NOT make this in a frozen pie crust unless you will make two. Those pie crusts are not deep enough for this filling (even the deep dish ones). 
  6. Allow the pie to cool completely before cutting it or it will be a watery mess in the bottom of the pie plate. 
  7. I always allow mine to cool to touch on the counter and then place in the refrigerator for several hours before cutting. 

THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS.

  • The original instructions from George say that when the pie has “bubbled through” for 10 minutes, it is done.
  • That made no sense to me on first reading the instructions.
  • After making this pie several times, what you need to know is that about an hour in, the pie starts to boil and bubble – all the way across the pie.
  • Once it starts doing this, let the bubbling happen for 10 minutes and then the pie is done – regardless if it is jiggly or not.
  • It will set up later in the fridge

 

A photo from above of a place setting of a whole sugar cream pie, a slice of pie, a cup of coffee, a creamer and a peonie

Sugar Cream Pie

IF YOU ENJOYED OLD FASHIONED SUGAR CREAM PIE YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY….

If you are interested in Pie – delicious Pie – try some of my other pie recipes too…

LET’S SEE HOW THIS SUGAR CREAM PIE IS DONE…

First line your pie plate with crust…

Lining a glass pie plate with a pie crust for sugar cream pie

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Mix together the sugar flour and salt

Add the flour, sugar and salt together in a glass bowl

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Add the heavy cream

Pouring the heavy cream from a liquid measuring cup into the glass bowl of dry ingredients

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Add the eggs, half and half and vanilla in a separate bowl.

A photo of Wendi pouring vanilla into the half and half mixture in a glass bowl

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Pour the one mixture into the other

pouring the contents of one medium sized glass bowl into the larger glass bowl

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After mixing together then pour into the pie crust.

Pouring the glass bowl contents into the pie crust using a green spatula

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Dot butter around the top of the pie

Wendi sprinkling dots of butter around the top of the pie

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Sprinkle cinnamon across the top of the pie

A view of the pie from the top with cinnamon sprinkled across the top

Sugar Cream Pie

 

TOOLS I USE TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:

  • A large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Pie plate

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Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie

A simple old Hoosier recipe from Gerschuh's in Greenville, OH
4.86 from 28 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cream pie, hoosier pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 5 Tbs All purpose flour
  • dash of salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup half and half may use half cream/half whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 9 inch pie shell
  • 2 tbs butter - cut into pea sized pieces
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 and place a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Line a deep dish pie plate with a crust (make your own or use a refrigerated pie crust, see note section). Then set the pie plate aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the sugar, flour and salt until evenly blended. Use a whisk to make sure that lumps are broken down. Add the 2 cups of whipping cream and mix well but do not whip or beat.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, mix the half and half, egg yolks and vanilla together well. (Use a whisk but do not whip or beat).
  • Then, pour the egg yolk mixture into the sugar mixture and blend together well - do not beat.
  • Pour the mixture into the pie shell and dot the butter pieces around evenly on top of the pie
  • Sprinkle the top of the pie with cinnamon
  • Bake at 350 “Until it bubbles through for 10 minutes” (in a regular oven - about an hour, but check the pie by wiggling the edge of the pie plate - if the pie is still loose in the center, it isn’t quite done - as soon as it no longer loosely and sloppily jiggles, it is done - it will still be jiggly like Santa's tummy in the center). 

Notes

  1. Firstly, watch the video that is  in the recipe card of Wendi making a sugar cream pie, that will help! 
  2. There is enough filling to make two thin pies or one very thick pie.  I always opt for the thick pie.  
  3. If you choose to make two pies instead of just one, bake for less time. 
  4. Bake the pie on a cookie sheet, as it could bubble over a little.
  5. Do NOT make this in a frozen pie crust unless you will make two.  Those pie crusts are not deep enough for this filling (even the deep dish ones). 
  6. Allow the pie to cool completely before cutting it or it will be a watery mess in the bottom of the pie plate. 
  7. I always allow mine to cool to touch on the counter and then place in the refrigerator for several hours before cutting. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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*** This recipe for Sugar Cream pie was originally posted on Loaves and Dishes in 2015 and has been updated with new information, video, photos and recipe instruction updates****

GERSCHUH’S IN GREENVILLE, OHIO 

This Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie was one of the understated and elegant crown jewels of an establishment called Gerschuh’s in Greenville, Ohio. I do remember that it was always a big decision to choose between the Butterscotch Pie and a few others.

 I have a recipe for thanks to some of my old friends from home.

Gerschuh’s was a diner with the accompanying sound of glassware tinkling and the low level sound of people talking. Everything in the diner shined of 50’s chrome. The table tops were formica. There was usually a wait.

Mostly though, I remember the smiling owner, George, coming out to greet guests and ask them how their dinner was and to invite guests to try his pie. Believe me, you didn’t want to miss the pie, especially the Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie.

Recipe Inspiration for OLD FASHIONED SUGAR CREAM PIE


This recipe for Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie is directly from Facebook where a friend directed me towards the source. The source indicates that the recipe was given to him by the owner of the Gerschuhs establishment.

I compared several of the recipes found from various sources all claiming to have George’s original recipe. The recipes mostly matched and thus, here it is.

There are no changes to the ingredients because I simply rewrote the directions in my own words explaining as best I could as I went along. Thank you, George.

Thank you people who graciously shared the recipe. Believe me when I say, you don’t often taste pie like this. Delicious!

A VERSE TO SHARE

Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. Isaiah 49:13

 

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Donna J Vena

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Very good pie. Made it today. Family liked it too.

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Hi Donna, Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment. I appreciate it very much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the pie!

Sherry Larkby

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

I FINALLY found the recipe for the best pie of my childhood. I had a mother who couldn't boil an egg.She took us to visit her relatives in southern Ohio and we ate at a restaurant like you described, known for this pie.OMG. It was incredible. It took me 65 years to find the recipe and this is it!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Hi Sherry, Thanks for leaving a comment! This recipe came to me through some friends on facebook who still live in that area and had the recipe handed to them from the owner. I hope this is exactly the recipe you remember. It is delicious.

Debra L COSBEY

Friday 1st of May 2020

The reason that the description "Finger Pie" is used here is that traditionally the liquid ingredients were mixed after pouring into the shell with the fingers.

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Hi Debra, Thanks for your information.

Christy

Saturday 14th of March 2020

Like Geri, this recipe is what brought me to your blog. I will be making this pie very soon! I have been playing with Sourdough for the last several months and I plan to make a dough using my starter. If our friends and family love it, we will be adding this to our food truck menu! Thanks for the history and share!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Hi Christy! Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it greatly! No worries about this pie recipe, it is a hit! With a tiny bit of practice, I can imagine that you could make 4 or 5 at a time. Take care and good luck! Let me know how it goes with the food truck!

Geri

Saturday 8th of February 2020

A friend asked if I could bake a Sugar Creme Pie. I had never heard of Sugar Creme Pie before...so, I researched it and came across your recipe. Your directions were pretty easy to follow and I did exactly what you instructed. I surprised my friend at the Superbowl party with the pie and recorded him eating the first piece. He closed his eyes and let all the flavor coat his palate...and he said,”Oh My! I NEVER had a homemade Sugar Creme Pie that has tasted so good!” Then he warmed it in the microwave and ate it very slowly and the look on his face was “PRICELESS.” I also had a piece and it was delicious! Thank You for sharing your recipe! 5 Stars for sure!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 8th of February 2020

Geri, That is the most perfect story I have ever heard. You brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing! Congrats on conquering a more difficult pie as well!

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