A creamy lemon filling topped with berries and nestled in a shortbread crust is the perfect pie for spring and summer. Refreshing, delicious and fun!
I figure it is about time to tell you a little more about the pie I entered into our Great Pie-off. As usual, I had the hardest time deciding what to make.
I spent a ton of time looking at recipes trying to get some inspiration. In fact I had my mind made up a bunch of times. Some sort of chocolate peanut butter pie sounded amazing.
In fact a couple of gems showed up in my Facebook feed that I would have happily made and eaten.
Next I thought I might make a peach pie with a crumble topping. Something full of brown sugar and buttery crumbles with some warm cinnamon notes. Doesn’t that sound good?
I even went so far as to pick up a few pounds of frozen peaches so I could make it. Luckily little dude has been begging to make some Spiced Peach Preserves for his morning toast, so they will certainly not go to waste!
I was really tempted to do a coconut cream pie, but I know coconut has lovers and haters and I wanted everyone to love my pie. My husband suggested peach rhubarb, which sounded like an interesting premise.
I should probably make him one soon anyway, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to go there for the big competition.
So of course with just a day or two until the big showdown I had to do something! So I did what I do best and winged it!
I knew some of the competitors are known for their flaky, pretty pie crusts. I am not known for those things, I really don’t bake pies all that often.
So I thought I would go with a shortbread crust to set myself apart a little bit and take off the pressure of living up to their pastry standards. Plus with a shortbread crust you can pat it into the pan rather than roll and crimp and the like. Score!
For the filling I knew I wanted something light and airy, something easy and cool. I wanted it to have a hint of lemon and a creamy feel.
So I whipped up some cream cheese, sour cream and plenty of heavy cream and added just enough lemon to really brighten it up. It is such an easy pie filling and definitely lick the bowl worthy!
First I was going to do a blueberry topping because lemon and blueberries go so well together. Then I was going to do strawberries because our little patch has been producing berries and it doesn’t get fresher than picked in the backyard today.
In the end, I decided to use both! So I reached back to the recipe for my Two Bite Berry Pies and modified it to make a topping that I knew would stay put, showcase the berries and help balance my not to sweet not to tart pie.
I will apologize that I don’t have better pictures of this pie. I didn’t want to cut a slice before the competition, though I guess in retrospect it wouldn’t have hurt anything.
In our haste to serve a bite of each pie to everyone that was here, the pies got pretty well butchered. So I did the best I could to quick sneak a picture as we were going.
I contemplated not posting it due to lack of pictures to choose from, but this pie really turned out well if I do say so. So good that I will likely make it again and hopefully update the pictures.
But our weekends are pretty busy from here until forever it seems, and I am not sure when I’ll have the chance to make another one so I wanted to give you the recipe now. We can worry about the rest later!
If you are looking for another great pie recipe, check out honey chess pie. It is a delicious twist on the southern classic.