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. Profile photo of Sandy KS 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. Profile photo of Andria Perry 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. Profile photo of priscillaking 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. Profile photo of Kyla Matton Osborne 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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