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Pineapple Sour Cream Pie

by on September 16, 2010 · 18 comments

After all that talk about Top Chef: Just Desserts, I missed it! We recorded the show, but after settling in to watch the Top Chef finale, I drifted off to sleep before the new Top Chef was even announced (though I did wake up briefly to find out who it was). So I’m a day behind on Top Chef and will have to avoid reading updates and reports until tomorrow.

Pineapple Sour Cream Pie

Luckily, I stayed awake long enough to try a piece of the celebratory Top Chef Just Desserts Pie I’d made earlier. Given the occasion, I wanted to make something a little different – not complicated, just something I’d never tried before, and this recipe seemed interesting.

Unlike traditional pineapple pie which has a cooked filling and typically only a tablespoon or so of milk, this one has a filling based on sour cream. The sour cream gives it a smooth, creamy, flavor not unlike that of Millionaire pie, but perhaps a little less sweet and of course, a bit tart. Another plus is that this pie is extremely inexpensive and easy to make. It does involve stirring the filling over the stove, but it’s a very quick and painless process and I didn’t have any issues with lumping.

Pineapple Sour Cream Pie

For the crust I used a traditional pastry crust, but I think graham cracker crust would have been terrific. As for the meringue, I wasn’t sure I’d like a meringue topping on a pineapple filling, but it worked. The meringue was light and airy and kind of a relief from the filling. For those of you who don’t like meringue, whipped cream would be great – richer, but still good. But if you like meringue, you might want to try the meringue version first.

I wish I’d come up with this recipe, but it’s adapted from a 1997 Better Homes and Gardens. Still, there’s lots of room for improvisation. The filling, minus the meringue, would probably make an excellent filling in a coconut or vanilla layer cake. I’m dying to try that, but we need to finish this pie first.

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Pineapple Sour Cream Pie
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A meringue topped pineapple cream pie
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1 (9 inch) deep dish pie crust, baked
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 20 oz can of crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract plus ½ teaspoon for meringue
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. Separate the eggs. Put whites in bowl of stand mixer. Put yolks in a separate mixing bowl, then whisk them a bit and cover. Let stand for 30 minutes to come to room temperature.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup sugar, flour, pineapple and sour cream. Turn on the heat and cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly and hot. Whisk about half of the sour cream mixture into the egg yolks, then whisk egg yolk mixture into the saucepan still set over medium. Cook and stir until you hit a gentle boil, then continue cooking and stirring for two minutes.
  3. Transfer hot filling to a baked 9 inch pie crust and immediately cover with meringue.
  4. To make meringue, beat the egg whites until soft peaks start to form and gradually add sugar, cream of tartar and vanilla.
  5. Set the meringue covered pie on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 F. for 15 minutes or until meringue is lightly browned. Let cool at room temperature for an hour, then chill for 3 to 6 hours or until ready to cut.
All cook times and prep times are approximate.

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Published on September 16, 2010

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Christy September 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm

This sounds very interesting! Anything with pineapple is good, right??

CindyD September 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Or how about using the pineapple mixture as a filling for angel food cake? – similar to the Pineapple Lush cake in Dole advertisements some time ago, which I cut out but haven’t gotten around to trying!

Katrina September 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I just finished emailing you and asked if you’d seen Just Desserts yet and if you made the pineapple pie. Then I headed over here and got both my answers.
I haven’t watch it yet either, so we can be in the dark together.
Fun pie! (I’d probably go with the whipped cream, but you sure have making nice meringue down!)

KAnn September 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm

And I stayed up until 2am becuase I read your blog after getting home at 11 and had to watch!

Carrie Z September 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Yum! That makes me so hungry…I may skip dinner and go straight to dessert.

Camille September 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Oooooh my goodness. I am dying to eat this right now.

vanillasugar September 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

i just wasn’t expecting all the divaness on TC Deesserts. Not like the original TC at all. Good creations thou, i must make those fried choco mini hand pies.

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy September 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I missed Top Chef Just Desserts last night too! I don’t have Tivo but Bravo reruns episodes all the time, so I’ll have to seek out if it’s on again this weekend!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy September 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I haven’t watched it either. I usually watch it online on Hulu.

This pie looks amazing. Do you mind if I link to it tomorrow night on my blog? I don’t make too many pies but I can certainly drool over them!

Tawny September 16, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I loove pineapple! I need to wait until the next family gathering for something like this though, or else it’ll all end up in My tummy

Barbara September 17, 2010 at 7:07 am

That is so funny…I forgot about Top Chef desserts entirely until I saw that it was to be repeated last night. So I caught up with it.

You don’t see too many recipes for pineapple pie! I love yours.

Debbie September 17, 2010 at 7:22 am

It looks delicious. I will have to try this. The filling sound wonderful!

Rhonda in OK September 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I am relieved to know that people younger than me fall asleep during TV.
I don’t comment often but I really enjoy your blog.

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit September 18, 2010 at 12:22 am

Ooohhhh…I love the idea of that filling between the layers of a cake. It sounds scrumptious!

Nicole September 20, 2010 at 1:22 am

Sounds delicious, Anna. I actually made a sort of similar pineapple pie nearly two years ago from an old Bake-Off cookbook! Seeing this post reminds me of how good that pie was, and I’m sure this one is equally tasty. I think I see another pineapple pie in my future – I’m feeling inspired now!

The previous pie:

Jennifer September 20, 2010 at 10:24 am

I made this yesterday and everyone really liked it. I think it’d be great with an addition of coconut, but then I love coconut!

hiyamamama September 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I am salivating over your gorgeous pie, and can’t wait to try the recipe! I am a pina-colada addict, so I think I will improvise a coconut cream topping instead of the meringue…I’ll let you know how it turns out… I am a new follower of your blog, a fb friend highly recommended your ‘best oatmeal cookies’ recipe to me :)

Ashley October 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I’ve never seen a pie like this before!! It looks so good.

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