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Joyce's Sour Cream Apple Pie

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I have had so many friends tell me that this as the best apple pie ever! I would like to share the recipe with my Today Show family! It is a refrigerated pie that is baked, but the apples are still a bit crisp. I blind bake the crust which makes it crisp and flaky. Many friends think the crust is homemade. (I only wish I could make a homemade pie crust that was flaky like my 88 year old mom can!) I planted Jonathan apple trees in our front yard right in the middle of the suburbs so I could have fresh apples in fall. One year we had such a bumper crop, I baked 50 apple pies for friends and family. I would LOVE to make this delicious apple pie for all the hosts on the Today Show.

Joyce's Sour Cream Apple Pie


  • 8 large tart apples (Jonathan, Braeburn, Pink Lady or Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pie crust, Pillsbury refrigerated
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Line bottom of oven with aluminum foil to catch any drips.
  3. Take pie crust from refrigerator and bring to room temperature for 15 minutes.
  4. Roll out pie crust on large silpat or floured pastry cloth.
  5. Make single pie crust in 9-inch pie plate.
  6. Cover pie crust with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray on underneath side.
  7. Place pie wieghts on top of foil.
  8. Bake 12-15 minutes until pie crust is mostly baked on bottom, but has not yet cracked.
  9. For filling: Combine sour cream, sugar, egg, flour, vanilla, and salt in large bowl, mixing well.
  10. Peel, cut, and thinly slice apples.
  11. I use the Pampered Chef apple peeler/corer/slicer because the apples are sliced thin.
  12. Add apples to sour cream mixture and stir to coat apples.
  13. Spoon mixture in pie crust forming a mound in the middle.
  14. Bake for 45 minutes.
  15. While the pie is baking, combine all topping ingredients with pastry blender.
  16. After pie has come out of oven, spoon topping and spread evenly over hot pie.
  17. Return to oven and bake 15 more minutes.
  18. Cool at room temperature and then refirgerate 4 to 6 hours before serving.
  19. I serve the pie cold, but others have heated a slice in the microwave and served with ice cream.

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Large beautiful homegrown Jonathan apples

A bumper crop of apples to be used for many apple pies

Our Jonathan apple trees covered with apples and our yellow lab, Haley

A girl from Kansas who LOVES to cook and bake apple pies!

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