Summer Strawberry Sour Cream Pie

I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. Twitter is related to this big ol’ Strawberry Sour Cream Pie, I promise.

On one hand, I hate Twitter. Twitter moves at the speed of light during prime tweeting hours. My OCD urge to not “miss out” on what’s going on slams head-on into a wall built with millions of 140-character bricks. Suddenly, I realize I’ve been watching my twitter feed for the better part of an hour. My eyes glaze over, my back hurts, and my brain starts translating each thought into its shortest possible expression. At this point, I need to tweet myself:

@julieruble Time 2 get off twitter immediately #beforeyoureyeballsfallout

That hashtag’s gonna catch on, just you wait and see.

But I love Twitter. I’m connected to hundreds of great people — other bloggers, Willow Bird Baking readers, the occasional celebrity chef. I keep in touch with an extended web of lovely folks that I might not have time to call or write a lengthy email to. There’s a level of casual interaction that brooks folks jumping into a conversation that pertains to their interests. You can easily meet fabulous new people, keep up with the dynamic blogosphere, and support fellow writers. Cool.

Even more cool? Sometimes twitter magic happens, and someone amazing (cough cough Jaden Hair of wonderful Steamy Kitchen) finds your blog and drools over some S’mores Cereal. Now that’s cool.

Like most things, there’s a twitter balance — for me, it involves checking in a few times a day, and that’s it. Thankfully, during one of my forays into the land of tweets, I found a gem. Lovely Patti at Worth the Whisk posted that one of her pies had been chosen as Pie of the Day by KCRW Radio’s Good Food Blog: Strawberry Sour Cream Pie.

Listen, you don’t scroll past an award-winning Strawberry Sour Cream Pie. You just don’t.

You stop, you ogle, you marvel, you salivate a little (in a classy way, of course), and then you go pick up some sour cream.

I knew while baking that this pie, along with the heavier Chocolate Mousse Pie, would be the perfect treats to take in for my dear Sunday school leader Joyce’s birthday.

I love the combination of fruit and sour cream, and it really sings in this gorgeous, lazy-day treat. The strawberries stay juicy, and the tangy-sweet fruit is delicious against the buttery crust. And pies like this are the reason people started saying things were “easy as pie.” You don’t need to blind bake the crust, pre-cook the filling, or any other fussy stuff. You roll out your dough, fill it, bake it, cool it, eat it . . . lick the plate.

If you’ve never made a pie before, this is a lovely place to start. It’s a single crust pie and simple as can be. Tell me: what’s your favorite pie to eat during sweltering summertime?

Summer Strawberry Sour Cream Pie

Recipe by: Worth the Whisk
Yields: one 9-inch pie, serves 6-8

Pie Crust Ingredients: (or you can use an unbaked, prepared crust)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup cold lard (non-hydrogenated if available)*
1/2 cup cold butter, chopped
3-4 tablespoons ice cold water
1 egg and 1 teaspoon heavy cream for egg wash
*you can substitute vegetable shortening here if you wish, but I highly recommend the lard!

Filling Ingredients:
1 quart fresh strawberries
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cup sugar, reserve 1 tablespoon
Dash salt
1 cup sour cream (not fat-free)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. To make the crust, pulse flour and salt together to combine. Add scoops of lard and pulse into the mixture has the texture of coarse sand, about 10 seconds. Add in chunks of butter and pulse until butter pieces are no larger than small peas, about 10 pulses. Add minimum amount of water and pulse on low. If dough remains crumbly and doesn’t come together, add another tablespoon of water. Add as little as is required to enable the dough to be rolled into a ball. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 20-30.

Roll disk of dough out to around 2 inches larger than your pie plate and transfer it, situating it in the plate. Fold the excess dough around the edges and crimp, trimming where necessary.

Hull and wash the strawberries and slice them in half. Set aside. Sift flour, sugar, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add sour cream, blending until creamy. Gently fold in the berries without overmixing. Pour fruit into pie shell and spread to edges without packing down — there should be spaces throughout the filling. Sprinkle the top with the last 1 tablespoon sugar.

Bake the pie for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (I leave the oven door open a minute during this period to let the temperature drop a little) and bake an additional 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Broil the pie for 2-3 minutes to brown up the top. Allow to cool completely before cutting, and serve with fresh whipped cream or ice cream.

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44 responses to “Summer Strawberry Sour Cream Pie

  1. Right now it’s a recipe I’m developing playing on ‘Strawberry Shortcake Pie’. Shortcake crust, vanilla bean pastry cream on the bottom, homemade strawberry jam w/fresh strawberries folded in, and tons of fresh whipped cream on top. Chill and devour. Best remedy for our 100Β° heat lately.

  2. Stacey

    It is too far away from summer for me to get decent strawberries, and as such I’m sitting here quietly weeping into my pie-dough. This seriously looks amazing and I can’t wait to give it a whirl when my strawberry patch comes to fruition in a few months!

    • Julie

      I sometimes forget that I have plenty of wintering friends! Apologies to you, but summer will be here before you know it! πŸ˜‰

  3. That pie is soooooo tempting! Our local strawberries are gone, but I can sometimes find nice ones in the market (if I go to the right one!) I have no favorite pie really- it’s usually the one in front of me!

  4. Yum!!!! I love finding new foodie blogs. And I hear you about twitter. And I have the problem of having it on my phone too! Gah!!

    • Julie

      I can’t decide if I’d like it more if I had it on my phone (because I could keep up with it easier) or if that’d make me wanna throw my phone off the nearest cliff πŸ˜‰

  5. Sue

    This pie looks fabulous! I usually just make fresh strawberry pie, but adding sour cream-YUM!

    BTW, I may have to give my twitter account a wake-up call!

  6. I too have a serious love/hate relationship with Twitter. I just got an account after resisting it for the better part of my life and now am vaguely addicted, although I go through spurts.

    If I could be guaranteed to find pies like this every time I tweeted, I would tweet far more often. It looks fantastic!

  7. It WAS fabulous and I enjoyed EVERY bite. You are a dear, Julie, and I thank you for remembering my birthday in such a special way!

  8. Beth

    Wow! This pie looks amazing. Great pictures and instructions. Thanks you.

    Plan B

  9. This does sound like a perfect summer pie. I don’t think I can choose just one favorite pie.

    • Julie

      I know what you mean, Barbara. I’m leaning towards a mix of raspberry and strawberry, but blueberry is so very good. And then there’s chocolate mousse . . . oh, dear. And PEACH!

  10. Beautiful pictures, my mouth is watering…., you made me laugh with your Twittersphere addiction, but your right, great place to meet foodies from all around the world that’s true.

  11. I continue to resist trying twitter, but I am not going to try to resist making this pie at all. Though I might try it with blueberries.

  12. Strawberry pies are my favorite, and I will be trying this one. I haven’t dabbled into twitter yet, I’m just a little slow at those sort of things.

  13. I’ve never even heard of this type of pie before! Sounds delish!

  14. Susan @One Less Thing

    Julie, first of all congratulations on the top 9. This looks yummy and I really want to try it. I like the blueberry idea. What is the consistency like? Creamy, cakey? It’s hard for me to imagine with both the flour and sour cream. Looks so pretty. Thanks.

  15. I’m a new reader thanks to Food Gakwer. I love the connections you can make via the internet and food blogs. I bookmarked this pie when I saw it on the Good Food blog. When it popped up on my reader today on your blog I got really excited. And your pie looks so tasty and tempting in your photos! I’m going to have to try it.
    My favorite summer pie involves anything with peaches πŸ™‚
    Oh, and thank you for the cereal post! It came at the perfect time when I decided that cereal is too expensive to buy at the grocery.

    • Julie

      I love the connections too! How funny! And I’m a peach pie fanatic, too. In fact, the first pie I ever made was my Peach Crisp Pie. Thanks so much, Julia. Enjoy the cereal!

  16. luscious looking pie! I can imagine myself sitting in a chair in the backyard of one of those old-fashioned houses with the wrap-around porch eating this pie…no devouring it!

  17. ezsrecipes

    This pie looks utterly fantastic! Ah, I do love a nice summery recipe! I have a Twitter so I can tweet my recipes when I post them, but outside of that I am not sure how I feel about Twitter. I prefer Facebook myself! πŸ™‚

  18. Oh, my this pie looks unbelievably good, I can’t stop staring!

  19. Ari

    This looks gorgeous!! I’ll have to try this before summer ends.

  20. Risaeats

    During summer I adore a good homemade peach pie or blueberry crumb pie. I don’t bake summer pies as no one around here will eat them except me. I bake pies for Autumn – pumpkin pie, pecan pie. Those everyone will eat.

  21. I think I’d have to eat a piece of this pie with the chocolate mousse pie. It looks stunning! Sour cream sounds like an interesting pie ingredient.

  22. Karen

    I made this for us this weekend, and it turned out fabulous!We definitely have a new favorite now. Thanks!

  23. Pingback: Strawberry Sour Cream Pie « Kate's Recipe Box

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