One of the many things I love about my husband was his mother. She’s no longer with us, but she was a dear and a delight and an angel on earth.
She was also an AWESOME cook.
She was one of those aggravating cooks who cook by feel and not by recipe (the kind of cook I’ve become, she would have been proud to know) — mostly. Luckily, she had a recipe for buttermilk pie and shared it with me.
#1 Daughter and Charlie were talking about it last week and, since #1 Daughter’s birthday was coming up, I surprised her by making this pie. Seems she didn’t know Mrs. Allen had given me the recipe; now we both have it. I love that about recipes: how they pass down and spread out.
You can use a store-bought pie crust or make your own.
- 1/2 stick margarine (I use vegan margarine)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp flour
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- pecan halves
Cream sugar, margarine, flour. Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla. Place pecans on bottom of pie shell to cover. Add liquid. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.
I made a regular one for #1 Daughter and a little square one for Charlie and me (yes, that’s grammatically correct; “I made one for me” SO “I made one for Charlie and me”).
Those lumps are the pecans, covered with sugary goodness.
We like buttermilk pie better than we like pecan pie, and we LUUUURRRRVV pecan pie!
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character finds a recipe for a dish they used to love in the handwriting of the long-gone person who used to make it. Have a hanky handy.
JaneJanuary 13, 2016 at 9:34am
I have Mom’s cookbook. Plus a number of recipes we used all the time in her handwriting (such as it was, sweetie wrote fasst.). I also have receipts written out in her sister’s hand. I once attempted to compile, via Xerox, a cookbook out of these (plus my own additions), but no one I thought I’d given one to could recall having it. Hmmm. Either the elves have been busy, or my gift made no impression. Anyway…. I now plan to use my scanner and do this sucker again. (Yes, Marian, you will get the FIRST copy. Promise!)
The buttermilk pie looks so easy and SCRUMPTIOUS.
I only have both my grandmothers’ key recipes by my very poor recall, Grannie’s dumplings and Mamaw’s biscuits. Oddly, quick rising flour figures prominently in each. At least they both showed me how to make them, and visual memory is pretty strong…..
Marian AllenJanuary 13, 2016 at 4:00pm
Your family cookbook sounds wonderful! Give ’em again!
Mom says she can remember her mother making a well in the flour in the flour bin, pouring in milk, kneading the damp flour into a ball, and lifting it out to make biscuits. I’m like, “That’s like a superpower!” It was undoubtedly self-rising flour.
JaneJanuary 14, 2016 at 9:05am
Oh YES! That’s what Mamaw did. Except she lifted a pile of flour out onto the pull-out kneading board, poured in the liquid, etc. Then the bin was opened out again, and whoosh all the loose flour was raked back in! Thanks for that visual.
ShellyJanuary 15, 2016 at 11:23pm
I used to make my husband buttermilk pies but somehow forgot all about them. He’ll be happy I saw this post! 😀
Marian AllenJanuary 16, 2016 at 7:40am
Happy to oblige, Shelly! Is your recipe similar to my mother-in-law’s?
ShellyJanuary 18, 2016 at 12:47am
I looked all over for my buttermilk pie recipe and couldn’t find the recipe. I have no idea what happened to it. No wonder I forgot about the recipe!
Marian AllenJanuary 18, 2016 at 8:23am
I hope my mother-in-law’s recipe is a good stand-in. 🙂