Sugar Milk Pie – a Very Old Recipe

Sugar Milk Pie

I found this recipe in my late Mom’s recipe box.  It was cut out of a newspaper….very old and yellowed.  I wish it would have had a date, I bet it was from the depression (the one in 1929) or maybe even earlier.  It was so fragile I was almost afraid to pick it up.  Reading the ingredients, I was intrigued.  A pie with only 3 ingredients?  I had to try it!

It is similar to a custard pie, but not as heavy.  I usually put cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg in mine, though I have made it with coconut, which is delicious!  It really is versatile, you can even make a chocolate version by adding cocoa powder and chocolate chips sprinkled on top.  My husband’s favorite is orange, I just put a few drops of orange extract in the filling and zest some orange peel on top.


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups real cream
  • Pie shell (homemade or store bought)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine sugar and flour in a mixing bowl
  3. Hand wisk in cream a bit at a time
  4. When thoroughly mixed, pour into pie shell
  5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the filling is set

You can serve it hot, but I prefer to chill mine and serve it cold with some nice hot tea.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!


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  1. Sandy KS September 23, 2015 12:52 pm Reply

    My grandmother use to make sugar pies. She said it was from the depression. So, I think you may be right about that. I always wondered how she made her sugar pies.

  2. Andria Perry September 26, 2015 9:43 pm Reply

    I will try this one for sure. I have a lot of old people I bake for at Christmas, I bet they will love one.

  3. priscillaking October 9, 2015 2:26 pm Reply

    “Old people” above made me think of “If they have the lactase persistence gene.” Even Caucasians often lose lactose tolerance after age 50. (Every time I enjoy ice cream, I think it might be the last time I can really *enjoy* ice cream…this adds to the enjoyment, actually.)

  4. Tarryn February 28, 2016 6:41 am Reply

    This is a traditional South African Dish called Milk Tart. Found in most bakeries across the country. One of my favourites.

  5. Kyla Matton Osborne April 30, 2016 8:57 pm Reply

    That looks similar to the French clafoutis, but that uses eggs to make the custard I think.

    Is it heavy or table cream? I’ve got some half-and-half that needs using up, and I’m wondering if that would do?

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