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Adults Night In: Baking!

Just because you can’t leave the house right now doesn’t mean you can’t bake up and enjoy a delicious treat at the end of the day. In this blog, learn how to make a classic Hoosier dessert: sugar cream pie. And, you might be surprised to learn you may already have all the ingredients you need without making a trip to the store.

Enjoy – and have fun!

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

FOR THE CRUST:

 

  • 2 cups all-purpose four
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening (or butter)
  • 5-7 tablespoons cold water

 

  1. Put the flour into a bowl.

  2. Add the salt and mix together.

  3. Add in the butter or shortening, and cut the butter or shortening into the flour using a pastry cutter or two knives.

  4. Add the water. Start with 5 tablespoons and add more if necessary until the dough becomes slightly crumbly.

  5. Put the dough onto a clean surface, and mix with your hands until it starts to come together into a ball.

  6. Using a rolling pin or bottle, roll the dough out onto a flat surface into a circle.

  7. Press the dough into a pie pan, and prick the bottom of the pie crust with a fork prior to baking (so it doesn’t rise).

  8. Bake at 375 until brown.

Recipe inspired by: https://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-pie-crust-13619
 

FOR THE FILLING:

 

  • Pie crust (homemade or store bought and pre-cooked)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 2 cups milk (or diary alternative, as used by our staff member!)
  • ½ cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon (for sprinkling)

 

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add the sugar and cornstarch to the saucepan, then gradually stir in the milk until smooth.

  3. Increase heat to bring to a boil.

  4. Once boiling, reduce heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about two minutes or until thick and bubbly.

  5. Remove from heat.

  6. Stir in vanilla and butter.

  7. Pour the filling into the crust.

  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

  9. Bake the pie 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

  10. Cool on a wire rack, then refrigerate until chilled or overnight.

Recipe inspired by: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sugar-cream-pie/
Posted by Emily Winship at 6:00 PM