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Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Sometimes food is like a time portal, and nothing takes me back like Sour Cream Raisin Pie. In 1997 I left sunny South Florida to attend Macalester College in chilly Minnesota. Upon arrival, I was exposed to all kinds of unique foods; to foreign recipes like “cookie bars” and delights made with dried fruit – prunes, raisins, coconuts, and dates. My favorite, and I know it sounds strange, is Sour Cream Raisin Pie. This pie is like a custardy, homey, comfort food version of cheesecake. I shared this recipe with Gabi because it qualifies as “BrokeAss” and because Midwestern cuisine deserves some props – especially during wintertime. I experimented with this recipe, scarfed down an initial slice, took a second slice, and for a few bites, I was in St. Paul, shag carpet and all – Oh sure, you betcha!

  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup raisins $3 for 15 oz.
  • 2/3 cup sugar Pantry
  • 3 tbsp corn starch $2 for 16 oz.
  • pinch salt Pantry
  • pinch ground cloves $1.50 for 1 oz.
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon $1.50 for 1 oz.
  • 1 cup sour cream (full fat) $1.75 for 8 oz.
  • 3 egg yolks $1.50 for 12
  • 1/2 cup half and half $1 for a pint
  • 1 pre-made pie shell, baked according to directions $3 for 2
  • whipped cream (optional)
Total Cost of Ingredients $15.25

In a small saucepan, put raisins in enough water to cover and boil. After it boils, turn off heat and set aside.

In a large saucepan, mix dry ingredients: sugar, cornstarch, salt, cloves and cinnamon. Stir in sour cream. Beat in egg yolks. Add half and half. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until pudding comes to a boil and is very thick (keep stirring – don’t give up!). Remove from heat.

Drain raisins, reserving 1/2 cup “raisin juice”. Stir juice into filling. Add raisins. Pour into baked pie shell.

Serve warm or (preferably) cold with whipped cream. Store in the refrigerator.

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Middle Kid, on Jan 9, 06:20 PM, wrote:

Takes me back to the mid to late 40’s in Kansas, the middle of 5 kids my Mom fed on next to nothing, but tasted like heaven!

Sariyan, on Feb 7, 09:43 AM, wrote:

I made this two days ago and it is absolutely amazing! Love the fall flavors.

Video Live Streaming, on Aug 31, 06:56 AM, wrote:

Posts are all wonderful. Please continue on sharing great ideas.