Making Sour Cream Pie 

Sour Cream Blueberry Pie and Sour Cream Apple PieSour cream is a dairy product that we are familiar with. It is made using fresh cream and fermenting it with lactic acid bacterium. The bacteria is either introduced deliberately or naturally to sour the cream, though it is mildly pleasant sour tasting.

The history of sour cream is believed to have developed in Eastern Europe by the Ukrainians. It was intentionally fermented and used in one of their well known food creations – Beef Stroganoff.

Our featured recipe involves sour cream. It is used in one recipe using two different types of fruit. Apples and blueberries, which by the way is not a true fruit but a berry as the name implies.

Our recipe is Sour Cream Blueberry Pie and Sour Cream Apple Pie.

First let’s make the crust. The recipe will make two portions, and here is what you will need.

Sour Cream Pie Crust

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoons of salt

2 teaspoons of sugar

2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed

1/2 cup sour cream, full fat

Heat oven to 400 degrees

2 sticks of cold cubed butterPlace the cubed unsalted butter in a bowl and put aside.

mix flour and adding in cold cubed butterIn a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar.

Next add the cubes of butter into the flour mixture. Use your clean thumbs and fingers to squish the flour and butter together. Work the butter into the dough until you have what resembles a coarse meal with some chunks of butter.

mixing in sour cream to pastry doughNext add the sour cream to the flour butter mixture. Use a fork to incorporate into the mixture.

forming pastry dough into two disksGather the pastry dough together with your hands, and form into a large ball.

Use a knife to cut the ball in half. Form into disks. Sprinkle each disk with a little flour, top and bottom. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. If you want to freeze for future use, wrap again, this time with aluminum foil and freeze (leave in refrigerator overnight to thaw before using).

If dough has been in the refrigerator for more than 2 hours, let it sit for 5-10 minutes at room temperature to become more malleable before rolling out.

rolling out pie crust to place into pie pan to pre-bakeNow sprinkle a clean flat surface with a little flour. Place one disk over the floured surface, and begin to roll flat with a rolling pin. As you roll the dough, check to make sure the bottom is not sticking. If it is, lift it up and sprinkle a little flour underneath. Roll out pastry dough from 12 to 14 inches wide, to an even thickness.

Place the rolled pastry pie dough into a 9-inch glass pie pan. Place a piece of parchment paper over the raw pastry and then filled with pastry or pie weights. But if you don’t have these baking accessories, then dried beans can be used.

Place into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and remove paper and beans. Using a fork repeatedly pock the pie crust till crust surface is filled with tiny holes. This allows the steam to escape and prevents the crust from bubbling up.

Replace back into the oven for 15 minutes more. Set a side to cool.

Meantime, prepare the pie filling.

One pie filling will be a Sour Cream Blueberry filling  and the other will be a Sour Cream Apple filling. We also replaced the sugar with coconut sugar. The ratio of sugar to coconut sugar is 1:1. We also used Himalayan salt in place of regular table salt. Let’s get started.

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries or 3 cups of peeled chopped apples

Pecan Topping (for blueberry):

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons butter, softened

3 tablespoons chopped pecans

Walnut Topping (for apple):

All the same as pecan topping, but replace the pecans with chopped walnuts.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

pie filling for blueberry and apple sour cream pies

In a mixing bowl, beat together the sour cream, flour, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and egg until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Gently fold in the blueberries or apples. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake at 400° for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the 4 tablespoons of flour, brown sugar, butter, and pecans or walnuts, mixing with fingers until you have a crumbly mixture.

Sprinkle the pecan or walnut mixture over the top of the pie and return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes longer. Let cool. Chill thoroughly before serving.

 

You will note the pie fillings are not white in texture, as we used coconut sugar.

 

side view of Sour Cream Blueberry PieThe texture of the coconut sugar is the same as brown sugar.

The coconut sugar doesn’t resolve a clear color, and is more dominate than brown sugar, but more healthy to the blood stream.

Also when fingering to mix the dry ingredients with the butter to make a crumble, make sure the butter is cold, and do not mix it between your fingers to long. The texture will be affected by the warmth of your fingers.

You will not have a good crumbly texture, as demonstrated with the Sour Cream Apple Pie, pictured below.

Once the pie’s have cooled, plate and serve.

Sour Cream Blueberry Pie and Sour Cream Apple Pie

 

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Apple Cranberry Crumb Pie

Apple Cranberry Crumb PieThere are several different ways to make a pie crust. Everyone seems to have their favorite recipe. The most classic pie crust is made with butter. Making a pie crust with butter makes it more flaky.

Making a pie with butter takes some practice, because if you handle it too much it will end up being tough, the reason being your warm touch is melting the butter.

To get the perfect pie crust requires that all the ingredients are chilled, and doing so will give you a flaky, manageable dough. You can also make pie crust using a food processor. Let’s see how that works.

pie crust 1

Add your flour and butter and pulsate, but stop pulsing when you see the pieces of butter are pea size and still cold.

pie crust 2<—————

Now add some ice cold water slowly while pulsing, but just until you see clumps starting to form. When the clumps start to form this is a sign that the flour to water ratio is right. ———–>

pie crust 3After chilling your dough, lightly flour the surface you will be rolling your dough on. As the dough will absorb some of the flour, so putting to much can cause the dough to be tough.

pie crust 4<———–

To get that flaky crust, the butter has to be in solid form and not melted. This requires rolling out the dough promptly, getting it into the pie pan, and into the oven. Always remember, chunks of cold butter, renders flaky crust. ———>

Do you think you can do it? Sure you can. Here is the basic recipe we use here at Splendid Recipes:

Easy Pie Crust with Butter

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup cold Butter

5 tablespoons cold water

Combine flour and salt in processor. Next cut butter into chunks and add to processor. Pulsate until flour and butter are combined, and the chunks of butter are pea sized. Next while pulsating add a tablespoon at a time and stop adding water when you see clumps starting to form. Remove dough from processor, cut into two even parts, form into a ball and wrap each dough ball with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

After removing dough from refrigerator, follow illustrations 3 and 4 above. To blind bake your pie crust, link here: Blind Baking.

As we mentioned at the on set of the article, there are variations to making a pie crust. Here is another pie crust recipe:

Easy Pie Crust with Buttermilk

With this pie crust the oil replaces the butter, and the cold ice water is replaced by buttermilk ( 5 tablespoons equal 1/3 cup).

2 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
1/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup vegetable oil (we use avocado oil or lite olive oil)

Sift flour and salt. Add buttermilk, oil and stir only until dry ingredients are blended in. Divide dough in half, and form into a ball and wrap each dough ball with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

After removing dough from refrigerator, follow illustrations 3 and 4 above. To blind bake your pie crust, link here: Blind Baking.

After you have prepared your crust, blind baked it, here is an idea for some great pie ingredients to fill your crust with.

Apple Cranberry Crumb PieApple Cranberry Crumb Pie

1 prepared blind-baked pie crust

Filling

2 pounds of sweet-tart apples, peeled and cored – An excellent choice is Gravenstein, Braeburn, Fuji and Pink Lady. They are all crisp and sturdy apples for baking

1 3/4 cups fresh or frozen (unthawed) cranberries, chopped

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Coarse salt

Topping

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

3 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar

preheat oven to 425 degrees

In a small mixing bowl make sugar mixture whisking together sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Place apples in a large bowl and toss with the sugar mixture, coating apples thoroughly. Add cranberries, mixing in well. Spoon apple mixture in the pie crust, distributing evenly over the whole surface of the crust.

For the topping combine all ingredients, except butter, in a small bowl, and mix well. Next add butter, using two knives, cut in butter until mixture forms small pea sized pieces. Sprinkle over filling, covering completely.

Place prepared pie plate onto a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees, and continue baking 40 minutes, or until apples are tender. Insert a knife into the pie to check the firmness of the apples. If the apples are still firm, continue baking until they soften just a little. If topping is getting too brown and apples are not done yet, cover pie with aluminum foil to allow apples to bake a bit longer.

Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool 1 hour before serving.

Apple pies are best served at room temperature or warmed in a  350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Apple Cranberry Crumb Pie will keep at room temperature overnight, and can be stored in the refrigerator up to four days.

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