I love lemon in any fashion, be it in candy, cookies, bars or pie. This sour cream and lemon pie is so creamy and delicious; I used Meyer lemons for a sweeter, less tart lemon flavor, but using common Eureka lemons will make a pie that is just as delicious.
Sour Cream Lemon Pie
adapted from Inside NanaBread’s Head
1 tablespoon lemon zest and 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup granulated sugar
3 egg yolks
1 cup whole milk
1/2 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup sour cream
2 cups heavy whipping cream
One 8″ pie shell
Bake your pie crust and let it cool completely.
Add first five ingredients to a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat until thick, whisking frequently. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until well incorporated. Prepare a large bowl of ice and cold water large enough to hold the saucepan. Place saucepan in ice water, adding additional ice as needed. Stir occasionally until mixture cools completely. Whisk in the sour cream.
Pour into your pre-baked pie crust and refrigerate at least two hours.
Prior to serving prepare whipped cream and top pie as desired.
For the whipped cream topping:
Pour 2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. (for best results, chill the bowl and the beater before using). Add 2 tablespoons sugar. Start on low and gradually increase speed to medium high. (8 on a KitchenAid stand mixer) The cream will start to thicken and soft peaks will form. Continue until the cream stands in stiff, sharp peaks. This only takes a few minutes; watch the cream closely and do not over whip or you might end up with butter. Add whipped cream to a piping bag with decorative tip and pipe decorative swirls onto the pie as you wish. I used a large Wilton tip. For best results, do not use ultra-pasteurized whipping cream. I find that using a whipped cream stabilizer helps the whipped cream hold up longer.
Serves 8. Keep refrigerated.