The "When Is Thanksgiving?" thread in General Topics has veered off into a discussion of a Thanksgiving favorite in our house, buttermilk pie. In case there was any interest, I decided to post my recipe.
As noted in the other thread, buttermilk pie is a southern thing, related to but not identical to chess pies. Made properly, it's nicely dense and not overwhelmingly sweet as southern desserts go, and the unconventional mixture of buttermilk and lemon juice works surprisingly well together. I personally think this pie is best served chilled but not refrigerator-cold: take it out a few minutes prior to serving.
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice (or juice of 1 lemon)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 deep-dish piecrust, at least 9 inches
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add lemon juice, vanilla, flour and buttermilk. (Note: mixture may curdle. Don't panic.) Pour into piecrust and dust with ground nutmeg. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes. Pie may look puffy at first, but will deflate and become denser as it cools. Cool completely then room temperature, then chill.
Thank you so much! I especially appreciate the warning against panic should the mixture curdle!
Have you ever tried to bake it in mini-pies or even ramekins? (I'm sorry, but I'm obsessed by miniature baked goods.)
Sadly, I'm not familiar with chess pie. What are the fundamental differences between the two, if you don't mind...
I am definitely going to try this!
re: The Dairy Queen
In my experience, chess pies are much sweeter than buttermilk pie, and they're often made with corn syrup, which gives them a rather different texture.
I've occasionally split the filling into two seven- or eight-inch pies, but I've never gone smaller than that. Don't see why it wouldn't work if that's what you want.
I too love buttermilk pie. I add the zest from the lemon and up the nutmeg a bit. Lemon and Nutmeg are a great flavor meld!