Do you have a pie-maker in your family? You know, that person you count on to bring the showstopper pie to each and every holiday meal, picnic and potluck? In my family, we have five. Yes, I said five. My mom is the go-to for currant cream, apple and pumpkin. My sister-in-law, Trudy, is the queen of meringue and needs little advance notice to whip up a chocolate, lemon or coconut delicacy. My sister-in-law, Deb, loves to experiment with twists on the traditional, like a chocolate/bourbon/pecan. My fellow math geek niece, Anjouli, once made a bacon-topped, macaroni and cheese version for Pi(e) Day … just because! And I think you all know by now that I have a border-line unhealthy crush on pie (making and eating).
This may sound like bragging but it’s really not. It’s to your benefit to know this because it means I have a plethora of recipes to share with you and the experts to help make sure you get all the tips and tricks too.
Today I want to introduce you to a cream pie recipe that is slightly unusual but amazingly delicious. Given that I called it “unusual”, you may have guessed it was introduced to us by my sister-in-law, Deb. The first time she said she made a sour cream raspberry pie, I was pretty upset that she had wasted some of the precious raspberries from the family farm (a.k.a. her garden) on a long-shot recipe. One look at it and I was eating my words … and her pie!
The balance of this recipe comes from the tanginess of the sour cream. There is enough sugar in the recipe to ensure the sweetness needed for dessert but the raspberries maintain the tartness they sometimes lose when paired with traditional cream ingredients. I added the small amounts of almond extract and cardamom to the recipe because I like a hint of warmth and nuttiness with fruit.
You don’t have to use a homemade crust but if you want to, this recipe is worth the effort.
Serving this pie is always fun because it is impressive. The berries distribute through the cream and the filling sets up beautifully.
Earlier this spring, I made this recipe using a combination of blueberries and rhubarb. Successful experiment!
I’m thinking this fall may be a good time to try a peach-blackberry version. Cranberries for Thanksgiving anyone?
Speaking of Thanksgiving … I think our family might have to start a new dinner tradition: pie buffet!