Sour Cream Apple Pie With Walnut Streusel Topping Recipe

Greetings and salutations, my fellow pastry enthusiasts. Today, I present to you an exquisite recipe that is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Are you ready for a delectable treat that will have your friends and family begging for seconds? Look no further because I am about to reveal the recipe for Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping.

This dessert is truly a masterpiece, combining the silky smooth texture of sour cream with the sweet and tangy taste of fresh apples, all baked into a perfect pie crust. And don’t forget about the walnut streusel topping – it provides the perfect crunch and nutty flavor that complements the filling so well.

I learned this recipe during my time spent working at the Little Pie Company, where we prided ourselves on perfecting signature pies. The Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping is one of our top sellers and always receives rave reviews.

But why take my word for it when you can experience it for yourself? Gather your ingredients and prepare yourself for a culinary adventure. This recipe is sure to transport your taste buds to another dimension, one filled with creamy sour cream, crisp apple slices, and crunchy walnuts.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started on this heavenly dessert that will have everyone at your table singing your praises.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sour Cream  Apple  Pie With Walnut Streusel Topping
Sour Cream Apple Pie With Walnut Streusel Topping

This Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping recipe is everything you could ever want in a pie and more.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the filling. Tart and juicy Granny Smith apples are diced perfectly to create an explosion of flavor in each bite. The subtle tanginess of the sour cream complements the sweet apples, making for a perfect balance of flavors.

But what really sets this recipe apart from others is the walnut streusel topping. Crispy and buttery, with just enough sweetness to satisfy your cravings, this topping is simply magical. With every forkful, you’ll experience the delightful crunch of roughly chopped walnuts mixed with a blend of cinnamon, sugar, unsalted butter, flour and salt that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Not convinced yet? Let me add that this recipe is versatile and flexible. You can easily substitute ingredients or add your own personal flair to create your signature pie. Plus, this dessert has multiple variations available so even if you’re an experienced baker or beginner there is something for everyone.

In summary, this sour cream apple walnut pie boasts a unique combination of flavors and textures that will have you coming back for more slices. Whether it’s a holiday gathering or casual dinner at home, I guarantee this little piece of heaven will be the perfect ending to any meal.

Ingredient List

 Get ready to fill your kitchen with the tantalizing aroma of sour cream apple pie!
Get ready to fill your kitchen with the tantalizing aroma of sour cream apple pie!

Let’s dive into the ingredient list, shall we? This Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping requires a bit of everything to bring the flavors together in this signature pie. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

For the Pie Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks and chilled
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening or lard, chilled
  • 2-3 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling:

  • 3 cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples (about 3 medium apples)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Walnut Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Make sure to have these ingredients on hand before starting your baking journey!

The Recipe How-To

 Adding a streusel topping adds a delightful crunch to the classic pie.
Adding a streusel topping adds a delightful crunch to the classic pie.

Now, let’s get down to business! It’s time to make this Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping a reality in your kitchen. Follow these easy and detailed steps to achieve the perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors.

Pie Crust

First, prepare your pie crust according to your favorite recipe or package instructions. If you need a suggestion, you can find a few recipes on the internet or use the pie crust of your preference.

For this recipe, I recommend using a standard 9-inch pie shell made with sour cream. The tanginess of the sour cream complements the sweetness of the apple filling and the walnut streusel topping.


Peel and slice three cups of Granny Smith apples (or any tart apple of your choice) into thin slices. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together two tablespoons of all-purpose flour, one cup of granulated sugar, one cup of sour cream, one egg at room temperature, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract until smooth.

Pour the mixture over the sliced apples and toss until well coated. Arrange the apples in the pie shell and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.

Streusel Topping

For the streusel topping, mix together ¾ cup all-purpose flour, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ regular white sugar, and 1 tsp salt in a medium bowl. Cut in six tablespoons cold unsalted butter until crumbly before folding in one cup roughly chopped walnuts.

Sprinkle it on top of the pie until it’s fully covered evenly.

Baking Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place your prepared pie on a baking sheet (in case it should overflow) then place it into the preheated oven for approximately 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

Cooling process

Let it cool for at least an hour before slicing into it as you do not want your pie filling to run all over your serving dish or cutting board!

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat that everyone will be talking about!


Substitutions and Variations

 This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples for a pleasantly tart flavor.
This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples for a pleasantly tart flavor.

When it comes to making a sour cream apple pie with walnut streusel topping, there is no shortage of ways to mix things up and add your own twist to this classic dessert. Here are a few substitutions and variations that you can experiment with:

– For the crust: If you don’t have a pre-made pie crust on hand, you can make your own using a recipe like the one found in our Little Pie Company signature pie cookbook. Or, for a twist on the classic crust, try using a cinnamon or nutmeg crust instead.

– For the filling: While Granny Smith apples are the go-to choice for many bakers, you can switch things up by using different types of apples for a unique flavor. Some other popular varieties for pie making include Honeycrisp, Braeburn, and Jonagold. Additionally, you could try mixing in some maple syrup or brown sugar to add extra sweetness.

– For the streusel topping: Walnuts are a great choice for this recipe, but you can also use other types of nuts such as pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts. If you’re looking to add an unexpected flavor to your topping, try mixing in some ground ginger or cardamom.

– For a healthier option: If you’re looking to make this dessert a bit more health-conscious, you can try substituting Greek yogurt for the sour cream in both the filling and topping. You can also use stevia or honey in place of sugar.

Regardless of which substitutions or variations you choose, keep in mind that this dessert is all about experimentation and finding what works best for your taste buds. So don’t be afraid to get creative and try out new ideas!

Serving and Pairing

 Using sour cream in the filling adds a tangy depth of flavor and extra creaminess.
Using sour cream in the filling adds a tangy depth of flavor and extra creaminess.

Ah, serving and pairing – the cherry on top of the pie. As a master chef, I want to give you some ideas on how to make the most of your sour cream apple pie with walnut streusel topping.

First things first, let’s talk about serving. The sour cream apple pie with walnut streusel topping is a treat best served warm from the oven with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cool contrasting temperature will hit different notes on your taste buds and create an unforgettable experience. Trust me, it’s like angels dancing in your mouth.

For pairing options, I would suggest a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa –something that creates warmth to cuddle up with after enjoying your sweet and buttery dessert.

However, if you’re planning to serve this at a party, my go-to drink pairing is cider. Apple cider fits perfectly with an apple-flavored dessert, giving a refreshing and fall-like taste.

But why stop there? You can also try mixing other flavors into your drinks or desserts such as maple syrup, caramel sauce or etcetera. Or even throw in some pennsylvania dutch apple crisp to match the sweetness of the pie.

No matter how you decide to serve and pair your sour cream apple pie with walnut streusel topping –remember that the flavor combinations are endless! Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A generous amount of cinnamon adds warm spice to the filling.
A generous amount of cinnamon adds warm spice to the filling.

As a self-proclaimed apple pie aficionado, I understand the importance of being able to make it ahead of time, and serving it fresh when needed. This is where the rather versatile sour cream apple pie with walnut streusel topping comes in handy.

You can easily make this pie one day ahead of time and let it cool completely before storing it in the refrigerator. The next day, let it come to room temperature before serving or pop it in the oven for a few minutes at 350°F (175°C) to warm it up.

If you find yourself with any leftover pie, which seems unlikely but one never knows, just wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will last for about 3-4 days this way.

As much as we love apple pie warm out of the oven, if you happen to have leftovers already chilled in your refrigerator, fear not! You can definitely still enjoy them by reheating individual slices in either the microwave or the oven. If microwaving, simply place a slice on a microwave-safe plate and heat for about 30 seconds at a time until warm. If using an oven instead, cover the pie slice in foil and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-12 minutes until heated through.

One more tip that I would like to share is that you can actually freeze this pie for longer-term storage. After baking and cooling it completely, wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap followed by another layer of aluminum foil. Alternatively, you could also use a freezer-safe container for storage. It will keep well for up to three months in your freezer.

This dish is perfect for potlucks or family get-togethers where you want to serve something special without spending too much time in the kitchen. So go ahead and give this Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping recipe a try!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The walnut streusel topping features both chopped and whole walnuts for textural contrast.
The walnut streusel topping features both chopped and whole walnuts for textural contrast.

Creating the perfect Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping is an art. It entails a combination of textures and flavors – rich, tart, and crunchy – that blend harmoniously for the ultimate dessert experience. However, in baking, minor alterations can lead to major disappointments – so, here are some tips to ensure you achieve perfect results.

Firstly, be sure to keep the butter cold when making the crust. Cold butter ensures your crust maintains that flaky texture and it will be easier to handle. Cut the butter into small pieces and refrigerate until ready to use.

Secondly, use a food processor to speed up the pastry making process. Just pulse the flour, sugar, and salt before adding the cold butter until it forms pea-sized crumbs. Then add sour cream and egg yolk and process again until the dough has become smooth.

Thirdly, don’t be afraid to get creative with your apple selection. I always recommend using Granny Smith apples as they hold their shape well, tend to release less water during cooking, and provide a delicious tartness that balances well with the sweetness of sugar. However, you can experiment by adding other varieties of apples or mixing them together for added depth of flavor.

Fourthly, invest in quality nuts. Walnuts add texture and crunchiness to pies while deeply enriching their flavor profile. Toast them lightly before incorporating them into your streusel topping for optimal taste.

Fifthly, preheat your oven before baking your pie. This is important because starting with a hot oven ensures that your pie will cook evenly and will ultimately provide that true delicious taste.

Lastly, allow your pie to cool completely after removing it from the oven before slicing it. Cutting it too soon can lead to crumbles and potential breakdown of overall structure.

By following these tips for perfect Pie results; you are sure to make a tremendous Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping that will leave everyone who takes a bite begging for more!

Bottom Line

Are you a fan of apple pies? Do you want to take your apple pie game to the next level? Then this Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping Recipe is a must-try! Trust me – I’m not just saying this because I’m a chef; I’m saying it because this pie is the perfect marriage of sweet, tangy, and crunchy flavors that will leave your taste buds pleasantly surprised.

With its creamy sour cream filling, tart granny smith apples, and nutty streusel topping made with walnuts, sugar, flour, and butter – this pie delivers an explosion of textures and flavors in each bite. And best of all – it’s easy to make with no-fuss ingredients that you probably have in your pantry right now!

Whether you’re looking for a dessert to impress guests or to indulge yourself, this pie won’t disappoint. And don’t be surprised if your friends start asking you for the recipe after trying it! So why not treat yourself to a slice of heaven and whip up a Sour Cream Apple Pie with Walnut Streusel Topping? Your taste buds–and stomachs–will thank you.

Sour Cream Apple Pie With Walnut Streusel Topping

Sour Cream Apple Pie With Walnut Streusel Topping Recipe

This creamy, melt in your mouth, absolutely delicious pie is easy to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 425.5 kcal


  • 2 cups apples, diced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 pie shell, unbaked


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


  • Mix 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tbsps. flour and whisk sour cream, egg, vanilla, salt until well blended.
  • Fold in apples, pour into unbaked pie shell.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Decrease temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.
  • While pie is baking combine 1/3 cup sugar with cinnamon and 1/3 cup flour and walnuts; add the melted butter and stir with fork. Sprinkle streusel over pie and return to oven.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes at 325 degrees.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 140gCalories: 425.5kcalCarbohydrates: 49.3gProtein: 4.8gFat: 24.4gSaturated Fat: 9.5gCholesterol: 53.5mgSodium: 236.7mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 31.6g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Apple, Dessert, Fruit, Pie
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