and oh so dang good.
Big Val’s Buttermilk Pie
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 stick of soft butter (1/2 cup)
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 cup of buttermilk
- 1/4 cup flour
- unbaked 9″ Pillsbury ready-made pie crust
Unroll pie crust and place in 9″ pie plate.
Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add flour and continue mixing. Then add buttermilk and vanilla and mix until blended. Fill unbaked pie crust with buttermilk mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. If pie seems to be browning too fast turn oven temperature down to 325.
That’s it! Nice and easy and absolutely perfect for this time of year. You will definitely want to add this one to your list of holiday pies.
Now before you run out and make this I have to tell you a little bit about my friend Val, or Big Val as she calls herself.
Big Val is only about 5′ 2″ tall and she comes from South Carolina. She cooks and bakes, Thee. Most. Wonderful. Foods you will ever eat. Ever. She learned to cook from her momma and poppy at an early age, as they did from their parents and their parents before them. Now there are a few things that she is very particular about and those are her ingredients. When she makes her sweet potato pie, she will only use sweet potatoes from South Carolina. Not North Carolina, not Virginia, they have to be from South Carolina, period. She will only use Cabot butter sold in 1 pound blocks, not sticks. Vietnamese cinnamon and Happy Home coconut flavoring. She will drive for miles to buy her eggs and collard greens fresh from a farm and her buttermilk has to be PET brand.
I haven’t been able to find PET buttermilk here in Connecticut so I had to drive all the way to South Carolina for it. Well, really I drove to see my son graduate boot camp and then made the hubs stop at a Piggly Wiggly so I could get some. But heck if you are making a buttermilk pie you just can’t skip the good stuff.
Surprisingly, Val uses a Pillsbury ready-made pie crust. She insists that this crust is the best kind for buttermilk pie because it rolls out nice and thin and cooks up crunchy. You can certainly make your own crust but if Big Val tells me I have to use Pillsbury ready-made well then that’s what I’m going to do. You just don’t go messing with a good thing (or Big Val)!
I told Val I want her to move in. I want to eat her food everyday for the rest of my life. Instead she said she would just come over and teach me her tricks. That works too.