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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 Talk | Comments Disabled
In honor of National Dessert Day (October 14), for this week’s Savings Challenge  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 . That’s right: All entries will be judged both on how delicious they taste and how much you saved by getting a little creative. 
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 .
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. 
Here’s the recipe:
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.
Photo courtesy of Jen Steele via Flickr Creative Commons
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 Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/cream-pie-jen-steele.jpg
 Savings Challenge: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-04-2011/savings-challenge-get-started.html
 cook it for less: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2011/cheap-and-sweet.html
 getting a little creative.: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-09-2010/savings_challenge_saving_tip_on_salvaged_groceries.html
 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
 one of my favorite comfort-food desserts.: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-11-2009/foods_under_a_dollar_per_pound.html
 Jen Steele : http://www.flickr.com/photos/jensteele/
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