I just spent two glorious days exploring Florida cattle ranches as a guest on the Florida Beef Council’s Farm to Fork Tour. While I will be featuring highlights of my trip later, one of the things that really knocked my boots off on this tour was a piece of buttermilk pie that I enjoyed after lunch at Live Oak Stud in Ocala, Florida. Seriously, the pie was so incredible, I could not stop thinking about it the rest of the day and wanted to bake my own.
I woke up this morning on a mission……to recreate that mouth-watering pie that captivated my taste buds yesterday. Lucky for me, I work in a restaurant with a large kitchen so I was able to experiment with a recipe today. After researching buttermilk pie, I learned that it originates from the United Kingdom and is a traditional pie of the South. As someone who loves food and is obsessed with recipes, I could not believe that I had never heard of buttermilk pie until my sweet encounter with it yesterday. Creamy and sweet with a custard-like texture, this pie is perfect for any occasion. Simple to make with ingredients found in almost every kitchen, you will be amazed at the incredible flavor of this Southern classic.
Made with buttermilk, eggs, butter, sugar, flour and vanilla, this is my new favorite pie. Since I was just experimenting today, I used a store-bought pie crust and it worked beautifully.
The only problem I had with my pie today was the oven. Since I made this in a commercial kitchen, our oven is very powerful and the pie was ready sooner than expected. The crust got a tad too brown for my taste and even though I tried covering the edges with foil, the fan inside the oven kept blowing the foil off. Aside from that, the pie was fantastic and was devoured in less than thirty minutes.
I am going to make this again tomorrow, but will be using a pie crust protector. I found several recipes for inspiration and the one I used as a guide was from the blog The Coers Family. My photos do not do this pie justice, as I had to use the camera on my phone. Did I mention that I left my $800 camera in a classroom at the Univeristy of Florida while on my Florida beef excursion? Yep, I sure did. I was in tears over it until I had this pie and forgot all my troubles. Do yourself a favor and make this pie. I promise it will bring a smile to your face and your friends will love you for it.
- 1 large (9 inch) pie crust
- 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 tablespoons of flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Nutmeg (for sprinkling on the top of the pie)
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Prepare your pie pan with either homemade or store bought pie crust.
- In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar until nice and fluffy.
- Add the flour and egg and mix until smooth and creamy.
- Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla and mix until evenly blended.
- Pour your mixture into your prepared pie crust and sprinkle the entire surface with nutmeg.
- Place pie in the oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes, depending on your oven.
- If you have one, use a pie crust protector about half-way through baking. This will prevent the crust from burning.
- Insert a toothpick in the middle of the pie to see if it is done. If the toothpick comes out clean, your pie is done.Note that the pie will still be a tad jiggly after baking.
- Let the pie set and cool for at least an hour.
- Serve at room temperature and enjoy!