I have a lot of favorite cookbooks that I use all the time. Because of this, it’s super fun when I find a new little gem hiding at an antique shop. I found High on the Hog: Hillbilly Recipes by Ella Mae Tucker a few years back and I’ve got to tell you—my favorite recipe from it is buttermilk pie.
So what in the world is buttermilk pie, anyway? It’s awesome, that’s what it is. It’s so awesome that you will hear the sound of your internal vacuum sucking the entire pie right down to the bottom of your belly before you even realize what happened.
Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. I mean, who would do that?
Hey. Don’t judge.
Hillybilly Buttermilk Pie
Ingredients for Hillbilly Buttermilk Pie
Unbaked 9 inch pie crust
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/8 tsp salt
1 stick butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
How to Make Hillbilly Buttermilk Pie
Combine the eggs, sugar, flour, buttermilk, salt, melted butter, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
Turn into an unbaked pie shell…
and then sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Ain’t that lovely?
It’s a great idea to use a pie shield to keep the edges of your pie from burning. Also, if you find you have too much filling, you can always stick the extra in a small oven safe bowl and bake it up as a crustless pie.
Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake additional 50 minutes until set. You can test it just like a pumpkin pie. Gently stick a knife in the center of the pie. If it comes out clean, you’re all set!
Isn’t it a lovely pie? It somehow—through whatever magic happens in the oven—ends up with a yummy crunchy topping. The middle almost tastes like (and has the consistency of) the filling of a coconut cream pie without the coconut. For anyone who turns their nose up at the thought of buttermilk…you’d really never know there was buttermilk in this.
If you find yourself with some buttermilk that needs to be put to use, I think Hillbilly Buttermilk Pie is a nice place for it to call home.
(Recipe taken from High on the Hog: Hillbilly Recipes by Ella Mae Tucker, 1966)