Classic Sugar Cream Pie With Nutmeg

Sugar Cream Pie

Diana Rattray. The Spruce Eats, 2004.

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 servings

This is an old-fashioned sugar cream pie. It's a custard type of pie flavored with butter, vanilla, and nutmeg. There's almost no prep time, and it's ready in under an hour.


  • 1 9-inch pie shell (baked)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Optional: 1 bottle of yellow food coloring (a drop or two for color)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • Garnish: sprinkle of Freshly grated nutmeg

Steps to Make It

  1. Mix sugar, cornstarch, half-and-half, and salt in a saucepan.

  2. Cook to boiling point.

  3. Add vanilla, food coloring, if using, and the butter; return to heat.

  4. Cook, constantly stirring until thickened. If there are any lumps, put through a fine sieve.

  5. Pour the mixture into pie shell and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 325 F for 35 to 45 minutes or until firm and lightly browned.

Recipe Variations

  • Sour Cream Peach Pie: Sour cream adds a pleasant tang to this delicious peach pie. It's a one crust pie with a crumb topping.
  • Banana Cream Pie: This luscious pie is made with sliced bananas with a creamy filling and toasted coconut topping.
  • All Butter Pie PastryThis is a classic all-butter pastry, perfect for a sweet filled pie, or omit the sugar and use it for a pot pie or quiche.