I’m originally from Georgia. My brother had a girlfriend in high school whose family really knew how to cook. A lot of Southerners do, which I’ve since learned is not the case everywhere. She made the most incredible pie, called “Buttermilk Pie”. My mom asked her mom for the recipe, and got the old “It’s a family recipe” reply. That’s another common thing in the South — families often aren’t willing to part with their secret recipes.
I’ve never discovered their exact recipe for Buttermilk Pie, but I’ve found one that’s close enough for me. On top of that, I’m not hoarding it. Here it is:
- 2-1/4 eggs, beaten
- 1-1/2 cups white sugar
- 3 ounces butter, melted
- 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar and butter. Mix in the buttermilk, vanilla and flour. Pour filling into pie crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Don’t let its simplicity fool you. I make two pies in shallow pans out of this recipe, and I could easily eat them both myself. It’s that good 🙂