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Lori’s Famous Sour Cream Apple Pie

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Lori's Famous Sour Cream Apple Pie

Lori's Famous Sour Cream Apple Pie

Every year the week before Thanksgiving, I call my mother to tell her I’m baking the pumpkin and apple pies for our Thanksgiving dessert. And every year she says, “Oh, you don’t have to do that. I’ll just pick up pies at the market.”

My family knows I work a lot, and they want to protect me from “wasting” my time shopping and baking. It’s true, I don’t cook or bake on a regular basis. But I do believe that, at least once a year, the meal you share with your family and give thanks over should be one that’s cooked entirely from scratch. 

I actually enjoy baking the Thanksgiving pies because it is my tradition and the recipes were handed down to me from relatives who are no longer able to join us for the holiday.

Although I don’t like messing with family traditions, every so often I try new ingredients in my pie recipes. One year, in honor of my Brazilian exchange student, I used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk for the pumpkin pie. That was a delightful surprise.

When it comes to apple pie, I admit I’m a purist. Crust, apples, sugar, butter. Done. You can’t get closer to perfection than that. But my Aunt Sunnie, who’s my baking idol in Wisconsin, gave me this dutch apple pie recipe that is to die for.  The first year I made it, serving dessert went from an expectation to a unanimous rave. My tradition now includes baking a pumpkin, apple AND my famous sour cream apple pie (after 10 years, I give myself permission to claim the recipe as my own).

I spend a lot of time testing new “recipes” for drip marketing campaigns and finding new ways to leverage the ingredients found in a customer database. I thought you might like a totally different kind of recipe for a change.  Thanks for reading my blog, and to my US readers: Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Lori’s Famous Sour Cream Apple Pie

2 cups tart apples (I like to mix Granny Smith with Jonathan and I usually make it close to 3 cups)

Filling – Beat until smooth:

  • 9″ unbaked pie shell (I use a 16″ deep-dish stoneware baking “pan” and double the recipe)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 t vanilla

Pour filling into crust. Add apples. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. (Baking fast at high temperature sets the custard-like filling.) Reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue baking for 30 more minutes.

Topping – “Cut in”

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cold butter

Prepare topping while the pie is baking the last 30 minutes. Cut in the topping ingredients using a pasty cutter or 2 knives. When the last 30 minutes is up, sprinkle mixture on top of the pie. Return the pie to the oven and bake for 20 minutes more at 350 degrees.

Serve warm or room temperature with vanilla bean ice cream.


  1. What a small world… Yes, in Brazil we use condensed milk for most dessert and I will try your recipe with the apples from the appletree that I have in my backyard. There’s also a delicious Brazilian pumpkin dish called “camarao na moranga” which is shrimp in the pumpkin, which you use table cream—great ethnic dish for a multicultural Thanksgiving.
    Here at Belas Artes, we are always tasting and promoting world cultures and there’s no better way to bring people together than food.By the way, I know Deanna and Geno.
    Right on Lori.
    Cileia Miranda-Yuen

    Cileia Miranda-Yuen

  2. This pie sounds DELICIOUS!!!

    Scott Reese

  3. Lori,
    Nice. And I noticed you mentioned a Brazilian exchange student, so put this in your info file for future reference. My daughter, Deanna, is married to a nice guy from Sao Paulo. They live in Chicago. They could be a good resource for you if you ever need to know something Brazilian. Plus, Deanna, is into multicultural marketing which could be of interest for some client, perhaps.
    Always nice to hear from you, Lori
    Bill Shoss

    Bill Shoss

  4. Hi Lori
    Nice recipe! Hope your holiday is wonderful and Peacefull! We are not having too many over so it will be quite. I do miss all the kids around but they had the nerve to growup!
    Love Uncle Frank and Aunt Sunnie


  5. Hey this sounds great! I’ll take one if you want to make another (lol). Happy Thanksgiving!

    Joe High, 4th Qtr Coach

  6. Lori, Thanks for sharing this family recipe. The pie was a hit at our Thanksgiving table. My wife made 4 pies this year; one of which was your Sour Cream Apple Pie. It received notable mention among the field of French Silk, Pumpkin (we’re a traditional family.), and Pecan. Thanks for contributing to help make our Thanksgiving dinner one to remember. All the best to you and your family this Holiday Season!

    Maurice Parisien

  7. wow
    sounds amazing
    Thanks again


    • Linda, yes, very small world! Jen, thanks for commenting. Hope both your holiday are fab. – Lori

  8. Hi, Lori. The recipe sounds delicious, and I like blending the mulitcultural aspect with tradition. It harkens back to the origin of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    And I agree with Cilieia that it is a small world. I’ve met Bill Shoss and have spent the past year working with friends of his and his wife. What a surprise to scroll down to recognize someone whom I know.


  9. Sounds delicious, Lori. Save me a seat!

    Mick Ingersoll

    • Wait. You’re not coming over to help peel and chop!!!? Disappointed, Mick! 🙂

  10. Hey, Woman yes, I only am domestic this time of year. But love recipies. We are going to serve this on Thanksgiving thanks for sharing.

    “Make sure all your wheels go in the same direction!”
    Donna Garrison
    Commercial/Fleet Manager
    Lou Fusz Automotive Network

    Donna Garrison

    • Donna, it’s nice to be able to put domesticity on the calendar, no? Enjoy!

  11. This sounds really good Lori. Do you slice your apples thick or thin for best results?

    Sandy Knecht

  12. Hi, Lori-you may not get this (2009!) but how adorable that my dad is helping me make friends! My favorite “Brazilian/Pumpkin Pie” Story is the first Thanksgiving my nephew from Brazil spent with us in Chicago. I caught him no less than 3 times from Thursday to Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend in a host’s kitchen saying “Oh, I’ve never tried Pumpkin Pie before,” as they gave him the biggest piece ever with extra whipped cream, so proud to ‘introduce’ him to this famous USAmerican tradition.

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