Monday, May 20

Buttermilk Sugar Cream Pie





I haven't had ambition to blog lately. Last night I poured a glass of wine after the kids went to bed sat down with my lap top and forced myself to start writing. Around midnight I called it a night. All I had left to do was a couple tweaks on some photos and it was done. When I woke up this morning, I re read the post and patted myself on the back. It was one of my best blog posts. A tad personal and emotional, but very well done. I poured myself a cup of coffee, sat back down to my computer. Opened my draft folders again. I had two drafts with the same title. I hit delete on the duplicate file, and then went to open my second one to publish the blog post.

I hit delete on the wrong post. Now if I was smart, I would write my drafts in Word and then copy and paste them into my blogger dashboard. Well, I'm not that quick.... I write all of blog posts, edit, and save right in blogger. That draft is gone forever. No trash can to pick though and recover. Several hours of hard work and one of my best pieces gone. I kind of want to kick myself in the shins.

The recipe was for a Sugar Cream Pie and the story behind it was slightly emotional for me to tell. Most of you don't know this because I talk about New Hampshire and Vermont so much on my blog but my other love is Indiana. My dad is originally from Indy, so I spent many childhood summers there and have a soft spot in my heart for the Mid West.


 On our visits out to Indiana, we always stock up on Mrs. Wicks Sugar Cream Pies. For those of you who do not know, those sugar cream pies also known as  Hoosier Pies, are the Indiana State Pie. Mrs. Wicks just happened to be in the town grandparents lived, so we ate our fair share of those pies every year.  
2010 My sister and I on our last trip out to Indiana
When I get "homesick" even though I never actually lived in Indiana, I always want a slice of that pie. When talking with some blogging friends last year I found out my friend Heather, who is from Indiana had a recipe on her blog that she got from her grandmother for a pie said to be just like Mrs. Wicks. I've made that pie several times, and it's spot on.


The last two times I've made it I just so happen to have a bit of buttermilk left over from other recipes, so I subbed the heavy cream for it. The buttermilk lends a slight tang to the pie that I love. If you are a fan of Mrs. Wicks and want a traditional Sugar Cream Pie, then I'd suggest you stick to Heather's original recipe. For the crust, I'm sticking with the buttermilk theme here, so I use my favorite pie crust recipe inspired by Joy the Baker's Buttermilk Pie Crust.







Buttermilk Sugar Cream Pie
Filling adapted from Basil Momma's Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie, Crust inspired by Joy the Baker's Buttermilk Pie Crust

Ingredients for the buttermilk pie crust:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup of cold butter
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tbs of sugar

pinch of grated nutmeg
1/4 cup cold cold buttermilk  

Ingredients for the pie filling:
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups all purpose flour 
1 1/2 cups  buttermilk
1 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 egg
3 tbs unsalted butter
fresh grated whole nutmeg (for serving)   

Directions:

For your pie crust, in a large bowl add flour, sugar, salt and grated nutmeg. Cut butter into small cubes and toss in your flour mixture. 

Using your finers work butter into the flour coating it all. Using your thumb in index finger press butter into small pieces creating thin butter disks or flakes. All the pieces should be rough in different sizes. Though make sure all of your butter has been worked into thin pieces. 

Slowly pour in cold buttermilk tossing the flour mixture until it is even dampened. Carefully knead just a few times so the dough comes together. It will slightly shaggy. That is ok. Press dough into the shape of a disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour if not longer. 

When you are ready to start your pie. Preheat oven to 450. On a lightly floured surface roll pie dough into a circle about 1/8 inch thick. Carefully transfer crust into a 10 inch pie plate, and crimp edges as desired. 

For the filling, in a medium mixing bowl whisk buttermilk, milk, flour, vanilla bean paste, sugar and egg together. Pour into prepared uncooked pie crust. Using your fingers leave small dabs of butter on the top of your pie.

Bake pie for 10 minutes and then reduce oven temp to 350 and bake for a remaining, 30-40 minutes or until the pie has set in the center and only jiggles slightly.

Refrigerate until cold. Serve chilled, grate fresh nutmeg over the top and serve with fresh berries.             

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30 comments:

  1. Oh, poor thing! It is the WORST when you lose hard work like that. I know what you mean about sometimes not having the motivation though... It's hard in the spring/summer when the sun starts shining again! This buttermilk pie is absolutely lovely, too. A scrumptious Southern favorite! Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

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    1. Want to know what's funny? I didn't know Buttermilk pies were a thing in the south until today!

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  2. This looks amazing Carrie! and dude, I've been there. I've lost posts like that :(

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    1. Don't you just want to punch yourself in the face afterwards?! What a way to start the day.

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  3. where are the rest of the filling directions? adding in sugar and butter? does all 3 tbls go on top of the pie?

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    1. I apologize. I've revised the instructions. The sugar goes in with the rest of the ingredients. As for the butter, yes as it says in the recipe drop dabs of the butter butter on top of the uncooked pie. If you have any additional questions please feel free to email them to the address listed under the Contact tab.

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  4. Oh man! Everybody has had a punch in your face moment when you lose an important piece of writing like that. One time, I wrote a whole chapter, jiggled the mouse and it was gone. Luckily, pie is there to drown your sorrows in. How can you go wrong with buttermilk, cream and sugar? You cant!

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    1. Oh man... a whole chapter. That is a total punch in the face moment!

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  5. Whoa, mama! Is this for realz? That looks like one gorgeous pie. I am sorry about the delete on the wrong post. Ugh, I have accidentally deleted huge chunks of my posts before, because my fingers hit the touchpad on my computer. But never quite a whole post. :(

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! I've done that before too, always irritating!

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  6. I hate it when that happens! I don't do it in Word, either, so I did that once on accident. GRR!!! At least the pie turned out fabulously and was able to give you a taste of 'home' :)

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    1. We should both start writing in a word processor!

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  7. So sorry you lost your post, that would be so frustrating! Love this pie though, it sounds incredible!

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  8. WHHHHHHY must you tempt me like this?! Now all I want is pie!!!

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  9. Ugh. They really need a "are you sure you want to delete" warning. Love the pie Carrie!

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    1. Sad thing is... I think there was and I hit yes haha.

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  10. I'm not always a huge fan of buttermilk, but I think this pie would change my mind. It looks so creamy and rich. I'm always so worried about hitting the wrong button on my blog, but I do write all of my posts in Word. It's helpful to me.

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  11. What a lovely pie! I love the garnishing of the fresh berries. Beautiful images as well.

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  12. Oh no! So sorry about your post, Carrie... I hate when this happens. For me usually it's the connection. And yes, I also should write the post in Word..
    Anyhow, this pie looks amazing! I am absolutely intrigued by the buttermilk filling. Pinning!

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  13. Oh my! This pie looks luscious!

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  14. Oh no, on your lost blog post - how incredibly frustrating. Your pie looks absolutely heavenly, I would really love a big slice of this! Your photos are so gorgeous too.

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  15. My family is from Kentucky and they always called this "Jeff Davis Pie". It was a family favorite although I haven't had it in years! I will try this soon!

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  16. My family is from Kentucky and they always called this "Jeff Davis Pie". It was a family favorite although I haven't had it in years! I will try to make this version!

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  17. Buttermilk Pie is my absolutely favorite! I have so many versions, even one that makes it's own crust, yummy yummy. Now I have to go get some Buttermilk and crank a couple of these babies out lol

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  18. Buttermilk Pie is my absolutely favorite! I have so many versions, even one that makes it's own crust, yummy yummy. Now I have to go get some Buttermilk and crank a couple of these babies out lol

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  19. My grandparents also lived in Winchester. When I was looking for a recipe for "Pi Day" I came across your site and it took me back to my childhood. My grandparents, and after my grandmother passed my grandfather, used to have breakfast at Wicks at least once a week.

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    1. Oh wow! What a small world. I haven't had a Wick's pie in YEARS. I need to make a trip back to Indiana to see my cousins and such soon.

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