A Sweet Savings Challenge: Make a Delicious Dessert for Less

cream pie jen steele

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:

  • 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 via Flickr Creative Commons

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