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Sour Cream-Lemon Pie Recipe

Sour Cream-Lemon Pie Recipe

I first tasted this pie at a local restaurant and hunted around until I found a similar recipe—now it's my husband's favorite. —Martha Sorensen, Fallon, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


  • 1. Preheat oven to 450°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge.
  • 2. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice. Bake 8 minutes or until bottom is lightly browned. Remove foil and weights; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a large heavy saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in milk and lemon juice until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
  • 4. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter and lemon peel. Cool without stirring.
  • 5. Stir in sour cream. Add filling to crust. Top with whipped cream. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 437 calories, 26g fat (15g saturated fat), 145mg cholesterol, 197mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for Sour Cream-Lemon Pie

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snickers1951 User ID: 8720288 244133
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"Love love love this recipe."

stargazingmommy User ID: 8036082 44554
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"For the second time I've made this pie, both times with rave reviews. The only change I made is adding a little lemon juice to the whipped cream.

Next time I will add the sour cream before it's completely cool, so it will be more incorporated. Even done as written its amazing, and not overly hard"

Ewarmooth16 User ID: 7798852 16177
Reviewed May. 11, 2014

"This is my favorite pie to make!!! It is so good and easy to make. I like mine with a normal pie cuts instead of gram cracker. And for all the people who say get a premade crust and use an instant pudding it's not the same!"

dzz1qy User ID: 6636475 25901
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"Very good! I used graham cracker crust because I like that!"

frholt User ID: 7440951 50178
Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"I used a ready made Graham cracker crust instead. I added a half of cup of evaporated milk to the regular milk. Great pie. ."

mrs.mark User ID: 5436322 25900
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"We loved this pie. It was creamy with just the right mixture of sweet and tart. I made two changes. I substituted 1/2 cup of maple syrup instead of the sugar, and I added a tsp of cream of tarter to the whipped cream since I wanted it to hold its shape for a couple of days."

Judy1544 User ID: 393516 44552
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"Hubby called this pie a "home run" and that was without whipped cream on top. No need for extra calories/fat. Excellent flavor and so easy to make."

HarleyDana User ID: 6189168 202492
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"I made this pie last night and came out so so i would actually cut back on the amount of lemon juice and not use the lemon zest... it was just to lemonie for my taste buds ... maybe in addition to the sour cream thrown in a tub of cool whip"

lkreed User ID: 2991545 78936
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"We found another version of this in a little local grocery store in Lincoln City, OR and I had to search for the recipe so I could make it once I got home. I found this one and knew it would be good, and it didn't disapoint us. This is the best pie EVER!! I have already made one with a homemade cookie crumb crust and it was awesome. I am making it with Trader Joe's pie crust tonight and my husband is already drooling. Make's worth it!!"

Engeland User ID: 6576461 50626
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"My husband and I LOVED this. It set up beautifully. Thanks Martha.....thank you SO much."

junglestar User ID: 4491805 21201
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"This is the best lemon pie I have ever made and I will make again. Thank you for all your great recipes, there are so many and so little time! Jan of Honolulu"

cynthiaseydler User ID: 5530883 50176
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"First place, in a pie contest. great!!!! Made again and left out all the lemon peel and juice. Add two teaspoons of vanilla. Called it sour cream vanilla pie .Great"

williegg User ID: 4625279 47294
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"this is very good my family want me to make this soon"

Puffinlover User ID: 5899854 22959
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

"This was the best lemon pie I have ever made. I made it for Thanksgiving and my family has not stopped talking about it. It will become a definate family favorite!"

Coryskitchen User ID: 6228848 44550
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"I loved it, hubby said "too tart" as he was eating his second piece! lol :)"

Sherangel User ID: 677001 48979
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"I made this pie for Thanksgiving this year. It was absolutely lemony! Everyone enjoyed it. I will make it again and again!"

dboyd User ID: 3375751 24976
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"I made this pie for Thanksgiving last week. My husband found it in the frig and needless to say it didn't make it to dinner the next day. I added a little lemon juise to the whip cream. This pie is the best"

PatWTS User ID: 117277 48977
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Recipe sounds excellent. I am adding it to my Thanksgiving list! It will be made according to recipe and the suggestion on making a pie with instant lemon pudding and can of whipped cream absolutely gives me goosebumps. Sounds totally gross!"

annie1992 User ID: 2246916 21190
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I also agree, this is a delicious pie recipe and I wouldn't eat instant lemon pudding on a double dog dare, ugh. And it's not all that hard to mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter to make a crust, and it's a whole lot cheaper than buying one premade."

wallyddoggie User ID: 4911919 44548
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"This pie is absolutely delicious. I have made it many times for family and friends and everyone loved it. A little more work, but well worth it."

back2basicsmamma User ID: 5273886 78935
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"I agree, kathidahl! This is a delicious lemon pie recipe and is a definite keeper. Recipes that use "real foods" aren't in the same league as those that use "boxed chemicals" for taste . . . not to mention health. Thanks for a great recipe Martha!!"

kathidahl User ID: 1718596 25898
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

">uwasv_waya Why would you even be on a recipe site? Instant lemon pudding? Come on..."

JudithCH User ID: 6186108 47271
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"I love this recipe. I always look forward to making it again. It is delicious."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2552234 52063
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2008

"you could also substitue a regular or chocolate graham cracker crust for a different twist.

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup stick margarine, melted
In a bowl, combine cracker crumbs and 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir in margarine. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then follow recipe for filling."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2552234 52060
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2008

"In a bowl, combine cracker crumbs and 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir in margarine. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then follow recipe for filling."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2552234 202491
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2008

"you could also substitue a regular or chocolate graham cracker crust for a different twist."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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