Brown Butter Walnut Pie with Sour Whipped Cream

  • Serves

    serves 8


Earthy walnuts replace pecans in this version of the classic pie; browned butter accentuates the flavor of the nuts, and a sour cream topping offsets the richness of the filling. This recipe first appeared in our November 2013 issue with the article Miss American Pie.


For the Crust and Filling

  • Flour, for dusting
  • 12 recipe Flaky Butter Pie Dough
  • 13 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 34 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 34 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 12 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 14 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 cups whole walnut halves, lightly toasted

For the Sour Cream Topping

  • 13 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 12 tsp. vanilla extract


Step 1

Make the crust: Heat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12″ round. Fit into a 9″ pie plate. Trim edges and crimp; chill 30 minutes. Using a fork, prick the dough all over. Line dough with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans; bake 15 minutes. Remove paper and weights; let cool.

Step 2

Make the filling: Melt butter in a 10″ skillet over medium heat; cook until butter is dark golden brown with dark brown flecks and it gives off a nutty aroma, 20–22 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool. Whisk sugar and eggs in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Stir in browned butter, plus corn syrup, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Fold in walnuts and pour filling over dough; using a rubber spatula, spread into an even layer. Bake until just set in the center, about 40 minutes. Transfer pie to a rack and let cool completely before serving.

Step 3

Make the topping: Whip heavy cream and sugar in a bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold in sour cream and vanilla. Serve slices of pie with a dollop of sour whipped cream.

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