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Turkey Creek Lane · Amish Sour Cream Apple Pie & How to Make Pie Crust

Amish Sour Cream Apple Pie & How to Make Pie Crust

Our neighborhood grocery has hitching posts and shelter for horses.

This is one of my favorite recipes. Perfect for special holidays, it looks and tastes wonderful. It is easy to make too.

I have also included my pie crust recipe.

My, oh my…this pie is SO GOOD!

Amish Sour Cream Apple Pie with Brown Sugar Topping



2/3 cup sugar

2 tblsp. flour

1/4 tsp salt


1 cup sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla

1 egg

Stir in 3 cups of apples. If apples are not tart add 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice to apples before adding them to the sour cream mixture.

Put filling into unbaked pie and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Remove pie from oven and sprinkle with Brown Sugar Crumb topping. Bake for an additional 20 more minutes.


1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/4 cup butter (room temperature)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix together all ingredients until they become course and crumbly.


Be sure to cool for an hour before serving.


Mix together

2 cups all-purpose flour (I use Gold Meadow)

1 tsp salt

Cut butter and shortening into flour mixture with a fork until it is cumbly. Don’t worry about overmixing at this stage.

 Cut in with fork :

 2/3 cup chilled lard or shortening (I use Crisco)

2 tbsp. chilled butter

Sprinkle dough with:

4 tbsp. water

Blend the water lightly into the dough. You may lift the ingredients with a fork, allowing the moisture to hold the ingredients together. You may add up to 1 more tablespoon of water if needed.

Gather the dough up  into two balls. Chill until ready to roll out.

Once you have sprinkled your dough with water, mix and handle the dough as little as possible. This crust has been rolled out and is ready to be crimped.

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  1. merrimerri’s avatar

    Jolynna, that looks SO delicious!!
    I am going to refer to this recipe as we have tons of apples right now and I feel like a change from the usual crisps and crumbles..


  2. Simply Marvelous’s avatar

    Love the Amish photo. What an interesting area you live in.

    Now, about the pie crust recipe and the Amish apple pie recipe.
    Thank you, thank you !!

    Maybe, just maybe I’ll be a hit at Thanksgiving.


  3. jolynna’s avatar

    Simply Marvelous,

    You won’t be the only one making that pie for Thanksgiving. I am bringing it to my husband’s family’s dinner. It’s different and I think Thanksgivingish, too.


    I hope you like it. It was a hit here. I made it yesterday and my husband and I ate it already.

    I have a theory about pies and such. You have to get rid of the temptation as fast as possible. But without being wasteful. 🙂


  4. barngoddess’s avatar

    this looks delicious!

    I just so happen to have everything in my kitchen to make this delicious pie….except a rolling pin darn it.

    I knew I bought 2 huge bags of those Granny Smith apples for some reason.

    I hope you like it. I love desserts and pies, but this one is a favorite.

    I have a friend that rolls out pies with a pop bottle. So a rolling pin isn’t a necessity to make pies.


  5. over50now’s avatar

    Yum, Your photos are amazing as well.


    Good to see you. Thank you for your kind words.


  6. cookitup’s avatar

    I really enjoyed all your pictures, and interesting recipes, and more. Nice to see some rural life, as we don’t see much of that in the Bay Area, California! Thanks for your comment on my post.

    Thanks Jen,
    Thank you for your kind comments. I like living where life is slower. I have only heard good things about the Bay Area, though. I’ve never been there but have been told it is beautiful and that the weather is perfect.


  7. Melissa’s avatar

    This pie looks fantastic! I think I’ll try it in the next few days as we are in the midst of apple season!

    I hope you like it. My husband and I have such sweet teeth we ate all of it in two days.


  8. jennylitchfield’s avatar

    Jolynna, your photo is really interesting for someone who lives in another part of the world. I only have a slight knowledge about the Amish way of living. I will try your recipe when our family next comes round for dinner – it does sound so good. Cheers, Jenny.

    I love that particular pie. I hope you like it.

    I love living by Amish and knowing some for friends. Actually, blogging and reading about someone from New Zealand is also a treat, too.

    It is interesting to read about how others live and about the countries they live in.


  9. horsewoman’s avatar

    greetings from the inn and thanx for stopping by. We live a horse trot or so away (trust me i’ve done it but that’s another story!) 🙂 from an amish community so i totally related with your photogs. Most of the inn furniture was made by the amish.. will last 4ever.

    You apple pie looks scrumptious… Reading over your barn sour problem.. what’s worked for us and again,we’re all experiments of one… is first when they want to go back work ’em like heck in circles around the barn… walk em away, let em relax and know that’s the place they want to be.

    OR what one of my trainer’s has me do is let them take you back there… take ’em into the arena and work ’em like heck so they’re thinking hmmmmm maybe that wasnt the smart move after all 🙂

    happy weekend
    hitting the trails here soon
    gp in montana

    I don’t associate Montana with Amish. But, I have been told that there are Amish in every state. They are wonderful neighbors.

    Thank you for your advice on my “buddy sour” horses. We are working on it with the earlier advice and they aren’t reforming as fast as I wish they would. Maybe you are right and if going back isn’t as much fun…

    Have fun on the trails!


  10. Magi’s avatar

    Pie crusts have been the bane of my baking existence. Maybe it’s time to try again. Thanks for the delicious looking pie recipe and the crust recipe.

    The first time I ever tried to make a piecrust, I had a landlady living below my apartment. She actually knocked on my door and asked me if I was pounding meat.

    Anyway, I have tried a lot of recipes over the years. This one is my favorite. It’s always flakey and tender, even if it isn’t crimped as perfectly as Martha’s.


  11. imagineannie’s avatar

    I am SO making your pie. I will make several and give them away to our hungry and grateful neighbor boys, except for one. I will eat one slice of “our” pie, and then make Sam and Rob either eat or hide the rest.

    I remember going to Shipshewana (spelling?) when Sam was a baby and being infinitely more interested in driving around to look at the Amish farms than I was in the shopping. I know I would have problems with some aspects of living as a plain person (I’d miss my flip flops), but I do secretly love the idea of spending my days cooking, baking, sewing, cleaning and generally being domestic.



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