Lemon Sour Cream Pie

December 1st, 2009 by katie

I love to make pies for the holidays and one of my favorites is lemon meringue.  There is nothing like a fresh lemony dessert after a long, heavy meal.  The lemon curd base can get a little overly tart though, and if you don’t like meringue then, well, it’s kind of a deal breaker.  This year, I made a lemon cream pie topped with sweetened whipped cream instead.  It is still sweet/tart but the lemon pudding filling is creamy and smooth with a bright lemony flavor that’s not quite as lip-puckering as the lemon curd.

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

makes 1 pie, prep 15min, cook 10 min, adapted from Recipezaar
  • 1 9-inch pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest, grated
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • whipped cream, for topping
  1. Carefully pat pie crust into a pie dish and flute the edges. Prick all over the bottom and sides with a fork.  Bake at 350°F abour 8 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a sauce pan combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and juice, egg yolks and milk.  Heat over medium, whisking constantly.
  3. Cook filling until very thick, whisking constantly, about 10 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in butter.
  4. Allow filling to cool slightly, then stir in sour cream until well combined.
  5. Pour filling into pie shell and refrigerate until completely cold and set.
  6. Top with sweetened whipped cream before serving


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14 Responses

  1. Melissa

    Damn, nice edges!

  2. Rate This Recipe

    Looks real creamy and yum!

  3. sheri wetherell

    What a yummy recipe! I featured it today in our “National Pie Day” blog post 🙂 Cheers!

  4. Kathy - Panini Happy

    My mouth is watering just thinking about this pie!

  5. Aggie

    Oh that is my kind of pie! Looks delicious!

  6. Jamie

    I love anything lemon and I know I would love this pie. I want to make this soon. I’m a first time visitor. My sister-in-law Aggie from Aggie’s Kitchen told me about your site. Your pictures are amazing and I already see several recipes I want to try.

  7. LoveFeast Table

    Lemony goodness! I love anything lemony and creamy! -Chris Ann

  8. Lucy

    What a pretty pie – envious of your pastry crimping skills! I love all things lemon, and this looks glorious 🙂

  9. Missy May

    Looks sooo creamy! I’m going to try this one, too. Our lemon tree has a ton of lemons!

  10. Scorpio Woman

    I love lemon pie. It looks so yummy and creamy 😀

  11. Caitlin

    What a simple, delicious pie idea, I love the flavors of lemon and cream.

  12. susan from food blogga

    That looks luscious!

  13. Rebecca

    Oh. My. Heck. That looks so creamy and delicious. And you have some serious pastry bona fides, don’t you? That is one gorgeous crust. I might make one of these for my Momma. She loves lemon goodies even more than I do, and that’s saying something!

  14. Annie

    I just made this and it is delicious! I substituted plain yogurt for the sour cream once the mixture had cooled down quite a bit and it worked great.

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