Friday, December 4, 2015

Buttermilk Pie from The Belle

Missy, here. And I thought I'd take you on a photo journey of our Thanksgiving. :)

First, I wanted to share something wonderful that we've enjoyed this fall season. It smells…delicious! :)

Hand soap from Bath & Body Works

Next I wanted to share my favorite dish from Thanksgiving. Cornbread salad! I'm waiting for the recipe from my sister-in-law's mother-in-law. I'll share it later. It was A. Mazing.

Also, here's a beautiful arrangement from a recent Sunday at our church. Mums and cotton!

Speaking of cotton…Here, in the background is some South Georgia "snow"...

Yep, that's cotton growing out there behind the kids. Most had already been harvested, but we spotted some fields still growing. When you're looking at acres and acres, it surely does look like snow!

Now for more food! Here's one of my pies I baked for lunch with my husband's family. It was a totally new recipe. There's nothing quite like trying something out on a house full of 50 family members! So after I took this photo, I cut out a little sliver and had a bite, then had a couple of my kids do a taste. I was prepared to leave it at home (aka eat it at home). :)

But it turned out yummy! They all voted that I take it to south Georgia with us.

I got this recipe from Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe by Alisa Huntsman. I love this cookbook! I'll share my version of the pie.

Vanilla Buttermilk Pie
from The Loveless Cafe (Nashville, TN)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
The recipe calls for a partially baked crust. I didn't have time. So I used a store bought rolled crust and placed it in the pie pan. (Sorry, I didn't take photos!)

In a mixer with whisk attachment (recipe calls for food processor), put:
1 cup sugar
1 stick softened butter (calls for unsalted but I used salted)
¼ cup all purpose flour.
½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped out (I didn't have a bean so used vanilla extract)

Pulse to combine mixture.

3 eggs-- With the machine running, add one at a time.

Scrape bowl.

With machine running, add in 1 cup buttermilk until just blended. Pour into shell immediately.

Bake 40-45 minutes until custard is set.
Cool slightly and then refrigerate the pie. Serve chilled.

I hope you'll try it! This was a bigger hit than my pecan pie. :)

P.S. Be sure to watch for some Seeker Boxed Set Collection sales starting Saturday!


  1. Hi Missy. Love the cotton pics. My husband and I farm cotton in West Texas. He finished harvesting ours tonight. God gave us an amazing crop this year. So very thankful. As for the pie, this recipe is going to my daughter. She's our baker :) Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Pat W., you are the first cotton farmer I've ever met!!!! Waving to you from upstate New York!!!!

    2. Pat, I'm so thankful for your crop! Although I live in north Georgia and was just visiting family in south Georgia, it looked like a good crop here this year as well. Lots of huge cotton rolls/bales in the fields.

      I hope your daughter will make the pie for you! :)

  2. Hi Missy. Love the cotton pics. My husband and I farm cotton in West Texas. He finished harvesting ours tonight. God gave us an amazing crop this year. So very thankful. As for the pie, this recipe is going to my daughter. She's our baker :) Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Lisa Wingate used buttermilk pie at the Lone Star Cafe in her Texas Cooking series, and I fell in love with the idea! And serving it on a real plate, because pie always tastes better on china. :)

    And Missy!!!! I just mentioned the Loveless Cafe on Seekerville, those biscuits!!!!! OH MY STARS!!!!!! I must run and get this cookbook, how fun!

    And make buttermilk pie.

    I'm all over this, thank you for sharing it. And to see cotton growing... Yee haw!!!!

    1. Ruthy, I thought of you when I bought the cookbook! I'm pretty sure my sister has taken me there to eat when I was visiting her.

      I wish I'd had more photos of the cotton. It seemed every time we passed one that still had cotton, we were on the highway and going too fast. They're all blurry. :)

  4. That salad looks so pretty. I need to work more at my presentation. Sigh. I just slop it on the plate and call it a day. So uncouth.

    I have heard of buttermilk pie but have never seen the critter up here in the far north. What does it taste like? A custard? It's hard for me to imagine. Might have to try making one to find out.

    And seeing cotton on a plant is surreal. Definitely not a crop we can carry off up here either. You're expanding my cultural horizons with this post, Missy.

    1. Kav, I would tend to slop things together, too. It still tastes good! :)

      The pie was kind of custardy, with a little more texture on top. It was sweet (but not nearly as sweet as the pecan pie) and milky.

      I actually added a splash of lemon juice because another recipe I had called for it.

    2. I had the same question as Kav. I was kind of imagining a coconut custard pie minus the coconut.

  5. Love all the photos of cotton. We grow it out here in Arizona also. One of our main economic staples. We call it the 5 C's cotton, copper, cattle, citrus and climate. The 5 c's are on our state seal.

    1. Sandra, that's so cool! I didn't know that about Arizona!

  6. I should have also mentioned it was 75 degrees and gorgeous on Thanksgiving Day! After we ate we had a huge volleyball game. Wish I would have included some of those fun photos. :)

  7. Love buttermilk pie! Missy, if you pass through Greensboro GA (on your way south) hope you can stop in the Yesterday Cafe. They are famous for their buttermilk pie....I mean like famous that lots of "stars" who choose to marry at Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee (nearby)...really buy it up for weddings, etc.

    1. Oh, I'm so excited to hear about that, Jackie! We're only about an hour from there. My son passes Greensboro when he comes home from Augusta. I'll have to send him on a mission! LOL

  8. This is a truly southern pie! It looks delicious - but then, I love any custardy type pie :)

    The cotton is beautiful. When we lived in Texas, we were too far west to see cotton fields. We had mesquite and rattlesnakes - and gorgeous sunsets.

    1. They have rattlesnakes in south Georgia, too. I'm glad we don't deal with them up here!

    2. Do you just learn to deal with them (the rattlesnakes)? Or are you always on alert?