January 16, 2017

Creamy Lemon Pie

Has it really been over 3 years since I've done a post? Whoops. Where has the time gone? Oh right, I was moving from Texas to Oklahoma, starting a new job and focusing on what's really important. Right now what's really important is this lemon pie made with sour cream so it's tart AND creamy 👌
I'm not a fan of meringue for some reason or the sharp yellow of traditional lemon meringue pie. Does anyone know of Luby's cafeteria? Or La Madeline? Well both of them have a lemon pie and lemon tart, respectively, that I'm pretty sure I could live on if I had to. This is as close to those that I could get. And it only has a handful of ingredients!
I cheated and used a premade pie crust and cool whip instead of making my own crust and whipped cream and 'twas still delicious 😉

-  1 9'' (not deep dish) pie shell, baked and cooled
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup milk
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, softened
Zest of one lemon (about 1/2 tablespoon)
1 cup sour cream 
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp sugar
Crack eggs in a small bowl, beat slightly with a fork and set aside.  
-   In a large saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in milk and fresh lemon juice and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick and bubbling.
Reduce heat to low and cook for two more minutes. Add a spoonful of the hot mixture into the egg yolks and stir well. Repeat this process with two or three more spoonfuls of the hot mixture added to the egg yolks. (The goal is to temper the egg yolks so they don't cook when added to the hot saucepan.)  Poor egg mixture into the saucepan and stir well. Bring mixture to a gentle boil and cook for two more minutes. Remove from heat.
Add softened butter and lemon zest and stir until butter melts completely. Allow mixture to cool and then stir in sour cream. Add filling to your pie shell. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving.
-   If making your own whipped cream: In a mixing bowl, beat heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer. While beating, add sugar. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spread whipped cream over pie filling. Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before serving. 
Enjoy the best lemon sour cream pie ever!

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