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Lemon Sour Cream Pie Recipe
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Lemon Sour Cream Pie Recipe

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One bite and people marvel over this pie. Some even say it reminds them of cheesecake. The recipe was shared by a friend; now, I'm glad to do the same. My husband's a veterinarian—and a good sport about trying mew dishes!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • Lemon peel strips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 425 calories, 20 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 248 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in the milk. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Blend a small amount into egg yolks; mix well. Return all to pan; mix well. cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add butter, lemon juice and peel; mix well. Set aside.
  2. For meringue, beat egg whites until foamy. Add vanilla and cream of tartar. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form; set aside. Fold sour cream into the lemon mixture; pour into pastry shell.
  3. Cover with meringue, sealing to edges of pastry. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Garnish with lemon peel strips if desired. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Sour Cream Pie in Country Woman May/June 1994, p33

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"Have made this twice & always a BIG hit with my husband. It's a keeper for us!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"I had lemon sour cream pie at a local restaurant and came home and googled for a recipe. I found this one. I made this yesterday. It is better than this restaurant that features pies on their menu. Easy to follow directions. Followed it as it!! So good!! Will definitely make this pie again!"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"This is the best lemon pie I have ever tasted and my family loves it. It is simply delicious."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"Excellent flavor and texture for this pie. Everyone at work loved it!! I will definitely be making this pie again."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"i rated this recipe excellant but stars went back to 4 and i didn;t notice"

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