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A Sweet Savings Challenge: Make a Delicious Dessert for Less

Posted By Jeff Yeager On October 10, 2011 @ 11:01 am In Money & Savings | Comments Disabled

[1]In honor of National Dessert Day (October 14), for this week’s Savings Challenge [2] we want you to cook one of your favorite desserts—and give us the recipe—BUT we want you to find creative ways to cook it for less [3]. That’s right: All entries will be judged both on how delicious they taste and how much you saved by getting a little creative. [4]

Find all the details on the Week 2 “Dessert Day” Savings Challenge—along with tips on how you might be able to cook your favorite dessert for less—here [5].

To give you a “flavor” of what we’re talking about I decided to cook one of my favorite desserts, my grandmother’s old-fashioned Sugar Cream Pie.

It’s always fairly inexpensive (and sinfully rich), but I decided to make it last week because I got one of the key ingredients— a pint of half-and-half—as a “thank you leftover” for helping out at a local church dinner. Since I had a frozen pie shell and the other ingredients on hand, I didn’t have to shell out an additional cent to enjoy one of my favorite comfort-food desserts. [6]

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (minus 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 pint half-and-half or heavy cream
  • 1 unbaked pie crust (9 inch)
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Thoroughly mix sugar and flour in a bowl. Add half-and-half and stir well. Pour into pie shell and dot with butter. Bake in a preheated 500 degree oven for 5-7 minutes, then gently stir ingredients in the shell and bake 5 minutes longer, then stir again. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes longer, or until a knife blade inserted in the center comes out clean. Sprinkle top with cinnamon and/or nutmeg if desired. Cool before serving.

Bon appe-cheap!

Photo courtesy of Jen Steele [7]via Flickr Creative Commons


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[1] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/cream-pie-jen-steele.jpg

[2] Savings Challenge: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-04-2011/savings-challenge-get-started.html

[3] cook it for less: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2011/cheap-and-sweet.html

[4] getting a little creative.: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-09-2010/savings_challenge_saving_tip_on_salvaged_groceries.html

[5] here: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/groups/index.action?slPage=showDiscussionPost&slGroupKey=Group21902&slForumPostKey=Cat:privateForum:44e3a034-595c-4314-a988-b0fea6859ec7@D|9;10|CommGroupGroup21902|Discussion:7d4a2f6c-d514-4797-890d-3a3a4a2b77b7&onPage=1

[6] one of my favorite comfort-food desserts.: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-11-2009/foods_under_a_dollar_per_pound.html

[7] Jen Steele : http://www.flickr.com/photos/jensteele/

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