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Indiana Sugar Cream Pie

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Indiana’s state pie, Indiana Sugar Cream Pie, is a delicious and easy to prepare vanilla custard pie that your family will love.

Did you know that Indiana Sugar Cream Pie is Indiana’s state pie? This simple vanilla custard pie is so easy to make, and it is impossible to not love it. The bold vanilla taste and the creamy custard are a delightful match. My friends had never had this Indiana delicacy before, but they became instant fans, and I think you will too!

When I was in Serbia in May I came up with the idea of creating a travel inspired Thanksgiving menu. From then on, whenever I traveled somewhere new I was on the lookout for foods to add to my Thanksgiving menu. (I cook Thanksgiving dinner early so that I can share the recipes here before the holiday). I spent a weekend at a workshop in Indianapolis this summer and when I discovered Indiana Sugar Cream Pie I knew it was a perfect pie for Thanksgiving.

I cheated a little and used a Pillsbury pie crust – and two friends complimented me on it. Traditional recipe for Sugar Cream Pie calls for a homemade buttery crust, but the store bought pie crust paired very well with the vanilla custard filling. I tend to believe that making a crust from scratch for Thanksgiving is putting yourself through unnecessary effort. Using the store-bought crust is a great time saver, and no one will know that you didn’t make the crust yourself.

In what became a happy accident, I used fat free half and half instead of regular half and half, but the pie still turned out great! It is a simple substitution that reduces the amount of fat in the recipe.

You can make this pie a day ahead of time. You could even serve the custard filling on its own without a pie crust. If you want a garnish for the pie, it would taste great with some fresh berries.

Indiana Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana's state pie, Indiana Sugar Cream Pie, is a delicious and easy to prepare vanilla custard pie that your family will love.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 Pie Crust I used Pillsbury
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/3 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Fat Free Half and Half
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Use a fork to prick a few holes in the bottom of the pie crust. Then bake the pie crust until it just starts to brown. This will take about 12 minutes. Let the pie crust cool.
  2. While the pie crust cools, get to work on the pie filling. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Then whisk in the flour. Continue whisking for 2 minutes letting the butter and flour form a paste. Then whisk in the half and half, cream, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Bring to a boil and let cook for 7 minutes, whisking frequently as the mixture thickens.
  4. Strain the filling into the pie crust. Bake for 25 minutes, the top of the pie filling should be very slightly browned.
  5. Let the pie cool before serving.

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

Recipe Rating

Miz Helen

Monday 30th of October 2017

Your Indiana Sugar Cream Pie will be a delicious addition to any celebration! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen

Jas @All that's Jas

Saturday 28th of October 2017

I found your recipe featured on Bouquet of Talent Party and since I live in Indiana, I had to check it out. Then I learn that you visited Serbia, which was a part of ex-Yugoslavia as was my homeland, Bosnia. I was meant to see your post today :) Funny enough, I've never made Indiana pie before, but that will change this Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Pinned!


Sunday 29th of October 2017

Hi Jas! Thanks for leaving a comment! I did go to Serbia - but I went to Bosnia too! I LOVED Sarajevo and Mostar and really want to go see more of the country. I have been telling everyone that Serbia and Bosnia are such incredible and off the radar travel destinations! If you want to read about my trip to Bosnia go to the Travel Page and click the link for Bosnia :) I hope you love the pie!

Patricia Wood

Saturday 28th of October 2017

Sounds yummy! #friendshipfriday


Saturday 28th of October 2017


Back To My Southern Roots

Saturday 28th of October 2017

I know I could be good friends with this pie.


Saturday 28th of October 2017

That is a perfect way to say it!

Mimi Mama

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Wow, that sounds scrumptious! Mimi xxx


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

It is so good! And easy to make!

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