Monday, February 23, 2009

Buttermilk Pie - Oh My!

I saw a picture of a buttermilk pie over at Warm Pie, Happy Home. She promised to post the recipe in the next post but that was on Feb 1st and I couldn't wait any longer. I needed a worthy desert for Sunday dinner yesterday. Well after a little thought I KNEW that buttermilk pie had to happen. So I went off on a quest for a recipe. I searched blog land and food sites gathering information. I finally put together several recipes that I found and came up with a pie to try. One thing I noticed was that this is a Southern Pie. (the South does have good pie!) The recipes I found though fell into to lines. Northern versions of this pie called for lemon for flavor which would be lovely. The Southern versions called for only Vanilla. Well the South won out, A. because my husband is a Civil War buff, and B. because I don't have any lemons. :o) I gave the pie my own twist. I figured that anything with that much butter, buttermilk and eggs should be pretty good with nutmeg. I was right!
Another thing I noticed was that most recipes called for 2 cups of sugar, I used 1 cup and it was still rather sweet, even for my sugar fiend of a husband. So I will post it as I made it but will be trying less sugar next time.
Buttermilk Pie!
Buttermilk Pie

3 large eggs
1 cup sugar (use more like 2/3 to 3/4 cup)
2 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
1 unbaked 9" pie crust

Beat the eggs in a mixer. Mix the flour and sugar together (this keeps the flour from lumping when you add it to the eggs). Add the mix to the eggs. Mix until creamy. Add melted butter and mix well. Add the buttermilk and vanilla extract.
Pour into your pie shell.
Bake at 325 deg F for at least 1 hour to 1 hour 15 min or until the custard sets. (don't know when that sets?? I'll tell you)
When a custard is set it will still jiggle, it is a custard after all. But when it is done the center shouldn't jiggle more than the outside edges. If the center is still a little sloshy, then give it a few more minutes. It all depends of how deep your pie dish is and things like that. I baked 2 pies and one needed 15 minutes longer than the other. Go figure.

I had to fight my whole family off while this pie cooled. It is wonderful warm but even better cool.
Buttermilk PIe Slice
If you look at the bottom right of that slice of pie you will notice that is a little bit slippy and could have used another 5 or so minutes but NO ONE was going to wait for that. The second pie was firmer.


Danetta said...

One of our local resaurants serves warm buttermilk pie. I had it for the first time recently and fell in love! Thanks for your recipe.

Marylois said...

I have had it before and it is very good. Your "healthier" version is one I will have to try. We feed the Elders Sunday so I'll copy down the recipe and serve it up.

queen of everything said...

my husband's favorite pie is called a jeff davis pie. it is sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla. pour into pie shell and bake. most people that try it immediately fall in love with it. he says that buttermilk pie is usually the closest anyone gets to jeff davis.

Zane said...

This is our family favorite here in Kentucky. My husband requested this year for his birthday. It is very rich, but that's okay by me! I am glad you found a recipe that worked for you and that your family likes it too now.

Shawnee said...

I've been waiting for RuthAnne to post her recipe, too. Thanks for making and posting this one!!

Cynthia said...

Buttermilk pie is one of my favorites.

I may need to slip one into the menu this week....

smilingwoman said...

I've often thought about baking a Buttermilk Pie, and seeing your success... AND the lower sugar content.. has convinced me! Thanks for sharing! (And thanks again for the GREAT music!)

Tim, Anna, and Abram Denney said...

This looks VERY delicious! I think I will be making this pie tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

Amy said...

Buttermilk Pie is one of my favorites, too. My recipe calls for 2 cups sugar and no way no how am I cutting it down :). Although my recipe makes 2 pies, so it's really 1 cup of sugar in each pie.

Librarian Lee said...

Your pie post brought back a vague memory of my mother having mentioning buttermilk pie. So, I made it, family laughing behind me and making faces. But, everyone LOVED it,it was fantastic! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I made this last night and it was so good. I used the juice from two lemons and the whole cup of sugar and my husband said it was the best pei ever! Thanks!

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