I’m constantly amazed by the things I don’t know, despite having spent a lot of time trying new ingredients and recipes over the years.
One of my favorite discoveries over the past couple of years came from a random post I saw online about store-bought graham cracker crusts.
I’m sure I am the last person to discover this, but I never knew that you could use the plastic cover on a store-bought crust as a lid if you just flip it upside down.
Joey came in the kitchen last week, just as I was washing the plastic from my crust and looked at me like I lost it.
I’m sure he thought it was one of my strange money-saving schemes.
But when I placed it handily on top of the pie I just finished, crimped the edges of the pie tin down and slid it in the fridge, he was mildly impressed.
The pie recipe I tried comes from the blog “Bunny’s Warm Oven,” by Mary Bostow. You can find the original post at https://bunnyswarmoven.net/sour-cream-lemon-pie. I didn’t change anything other than omitting the addition of whipped cream once the pie was done.
Sour Cream Lemon Pie
- 1 nine-inch graham cracker crust pre-baked
- 3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar
- zest of one large lemon
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup sour cream
- In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the cornstarch, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolks and milk. Stir well and heat over medium heat, stirring continuously.
- After about 10 minutes, the mixture will start to thicken. Keep stirring until it begins to boil, and then remove the pan from the heat.
- Stir in the butter until it’s fully melted and combined.
- Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes and then stir in the sour cream.
- Pour the lemon mixture into the prepared crust, and refrigerate it a few hours (or overnight) until it’s completely cooled through. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
This was just a bit sour and a bit sweet, and while you could definitely use a normal pre-baked pie crust for this recipe, I was especially happy with the flavor profile of the graham crackers pairing with the lemon filling.
If you’re looking for a new pie to try out or just need a quick dessert as the holidays come around, keep this one on hand. It was easy to make and was a really tasty, refreshing dessert, too.
And if you’re like me and quickly start to run out of space in your pie-shaped Tupperware containers during this time of year, at least you’ll have one dessert that comes with its own lid.
This piece first appeared in print on Nov. 3, 2022.
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