I have a confession to make.
I changed the name of this recipe.
Mostly because it had “sour cream” in the name and I just couldn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I like sour cream in moderation, but I don’t want to know that it is in my pie.
It was almost a deal breaker.
And then I read one of the five star reviews that said “My mom actually cried when she took a bite of this pie”. Done. I wanted to cry because it was so cotton pickin’ good, too. Of course, the reviewer explains that her Great, Great Aunt made a pie that tasted exactly like this when she was a little girl. Then I really did cry (blame it on pregnancy hormones). I mean, how sweet is that? To have such a strong memory of her Great, Great Aunt and recalling her love through a bite of pie. Just like scents and songs forever link you to fond memories, so does pie.
Now I was all sappy, visualizing some farm kitchen with a sweet old lady baking up pie for her sister’s great grandkids. A lifetime of making pie and she was serving them her very best. Because pie is love. And she was dishing out the best kind of love. Sigh. I had to make this pie. I needed to know what was so special about this pie, sour cream or not.
Spicy Raisin Custard Pie
- 1 (9 inch) pie shell
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 400*. Combine all ingredients except raisins. Mix thoroughly. Fold in raisins. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean halfway between center and the edge. Chill before serving.
Original recipe can be found here.
The verdict: The process was as easy as it gets, the pie was done in no time at all. To be honest, I was a little hesitant to take the first bite. I had no idea what to expect. But I’m glad I did because it was honest-to-goodness delicious. I kept trying to put my finger on what the taste reminded me of. The best I can say is that it is somewhere along the lines of an oatmeal cookie (perhaps the raisins?) and a pumpkin pie (most likely the spices) with a more custard-like consistency. No sour cream taste whatsoever. Just pure deliciousness. Definitely reminiscent of an old-timey pie, completely solidifying my imaginary version of the Great, Great Aunt story. It is unique and well-worth the justification for sour cream in the pie, yet I’m not budging on changing the name.
Make it! It may be the pie adventure you are looking for!
Happy Friday Pieday!