The other day my Mom was talking with my Brother over the phone when he asked about our Independence Day menu. While my Mom was telling him about it, he mentioned that a few years ago he had a piece of Buttermilk Pie that his ex wife's aunt made.
The more he talked about it, the more convinced I was that I needed to try it as soon as possible.
But there was a very big problem. I've never been able to find buttermilk here in Puerto Rico. So I had to make my own. It's really easy:
Take 3 cups of heavy cream, with an electric mixer, beat the cream until it turns into whipped cream. Then continue whipping 2-3 more minutes, until the fat has separated from the water. It'll only take 4-6 minutes for 3 cups of cream. You'll know when fat and water have separated. That yellow fat is Butter. That white water is Buttermilk. That's it! Pour the buttermilk into a jar to use later.
Since we had a planned an american menu spread for today, what's better than a good old southern dessert.
I couldn't wait until he found the recipe for me, so to the internet I went.
This is more of a custard than a pie. I think that what makes it a pie is the crust. The texture of the pie is very custard-like, kind of like Flan. But the taste is very different.
Although it was too fatty for my taste, the flavor was amazing. It has a very mild, buttery flavor from the custard to the crust.
I couldn't resist making Buttermilk Pie Crust as well, instead of the regular pie crust. The result is a flaky, sweet and buttery crust that screams home to me.
This a less sweet version of the pie.
for the crust:
1 1/4 all purpose flour
1 tbsp Sugar
4-6 tbsp very cold Buttermilk
1/3 cup Butter
for the pie:
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour1/4 cup melted butter
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-Mix all of the ingredients for the dough and knead well. You may need to add more or less buttermilk depending on the weather.
-Flatten it with a rolling pin until 1/8 inch thick. Place it in your pie pan. Put it in the freezer until you prepare the pie filling.
-Whisk together the sugar, eggs and flour.
-Add the melted butter and whisk well again.
-Add the buttermilk and vanilla.
-Pour it in the pie pan.
-Bake it for 60 minutes at 325 degrees.