Ed and I are hosting a Veep Debate night at our house tomorrow so I wanted to find some foods from both Delaware and Wisconsin, the respective home states of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.
Wisconsin was easy. Cheese. Cheese anything. It’s a no brainer. I could make Cheese Soup or Mac and Cheese or Grilled Cheese. So many choices.
So I went on the internet to find some inspiration and found a site that said it listed the Official Foods for all the states.
That sounded promising, but when I got there I saw that there was no official food for Wisconsin (but everyone knows it’s the cheese state). And there was nothing official for Delaware either.
In case you’re interested, Massachusetts has FIVE official foods.
Oklahoma has an official meal.
And then, as I was looking down the list of official foods of the other states my eyes zeroed in on —— Indiana! Because its official state food is Sugar Cream Pie!
Sugar Cream Pie!
Ohmyohmyohmy. Doesn’t that sound unbelievably wonderful? Sugar. Cream. It doesn’t get much better does it?
It’s really too bad no one from Indiana is debating because this sure sounds like a winner.
And that’s what I am serving for dessert. I made one for practice and you know, it tastes as good as it sounds.
Indiana Sugar Cream Pie.
Sugar Cream Pie
half recipe for pie dough
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups half and half (or heavy whipping) cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Place the dough in the pie plate and make a fluted rim around the edge. Set aside. Place the brown sugar, flour and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk the ingredients thoroughly to form a uniform mixture. Mix the cream and vanilla extract together and pour it into the brown sugar mixture. Whisk ingredients to blend thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the pie plate. Mix the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the surface of the pie. Bake the pie for about one hour, or until browned on top and set in the center. Look at the pie about halfway through baking. If the crust seems to darken too much, place some aluminum foil loosely around the edge for the remainder of the baking time. Let the pie cool in the pan. Serve at room temperature or cool.
Makes 8-10 servings