Friday, January 4, 2008

get down to it

Life is a pie which you cut in large slices, not grudgingly, not sparingly.
Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), US businesswoman

'sister mary's buttermilk pie' is pure heaven and easy to make. mary's recipe (with my annotations) in all of it's simplicity:

sister mary's buttermilk pie

1/2 cup softened butter (take stick of butter out of fridge a few hours early)
2 cups sugar (I tend to cut this down to 1-1/2 cups)
3 tablespoons flour (mary suggests a dash of nutmeg, I skip the nutmeg)
3 eggs (take eggs out of fridge when you take out butter)
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell - I generally take the easy route and use a pillsbury refrigerated pie crust. if that goes against your nature go for it - make a crust from scratch or scratch crust 2 recipe

preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

cream butter and sugar. add flour and eggs - beat well. stir in buttermilk and vanilla. fill crust.

bake in 350 degree oven - 45 to 50 minutes.
my pies always take longer. I set the timer for 50 minutes, when the timer goes off I check the pie (it should have a nice light brown top and be firm but still a tad soft - does that make sense). after 50 minutes, I generally turn the oven off and leave the pie in the warm oven for another 10 minutes. let cool a bit before serving. pie is good slightly warm, cool or cold.

An intense feeling carries with it its own universe, magnificent or wretched as the case may be.

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Albert Camus (1913 - January 4, 1960) philosopher, writer, human rights activist,
recipient 1957 Nobel prize for literature

pictures: copy of my original (30 year old) recipe card; camus' grave ~ lourmarin cemetary, france 2005.


Salty Miss Jill said...

mmmm...I'll report back with my results. :)Thanks for sharing!

lettuce said...

sounds yummy

we don't generally having puddings (just fruit) - but i've loved the christmas desserts and baking and yum yum yum

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Ooh, a pie with vanilla in it, now that's got to be good! :-)

By the way, there's a little something for you over at my place :-)

Salty Miss Jill said...

I made and brought this to a dinner party. It was a delicious hit! Thank you!
I gave you full credit. :)