Silky, sweet, and perfectly decadent, this classic Southern pie is the perfect treat for Mother’s Day.
See how we make it: Classic Southern Buttermilk Pie
Classic Southern Buttermilk Pie
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon loosely packed lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Perfect Pastry Crust (recipe below)
Garnishes: fresh berries, whipped cream, fresh mint
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1. Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together first 2 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk eggs and next 5 ingredients into flour mixture; pour into Perfect Pastry Crust.
2. Bake at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes or until almost set, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool 1 hour.
Perfect Pastry Crust
A food processor cuts fat into the flour mixture faster, but you can also do this by hand.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
3 tablespoons cold shortening, cubed
4 to 5 Tbsp. ice water
1. Pulse first 3 ingredients in a food processor 3 or 4 times or until combined. Add butter and shortening, and pulse 8 to 10 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle 4 Tbsp. ice water over mixture; pulse 4 or 5 times or until dough clumps together, adding up to 1 Tbsp. ice water, 1 tsp. at a time, if necessary. Gently shape dough into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 400°. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle (about 1/8 inch thick) on a floured surface. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate; crimp edges. Prick bottom and sides with a fork. Line pastry with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights or dried beans.
3. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Remove weights and parchment paper, and bake 8 to 10 more minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).