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Buttermilk pie doesn’t sound too appetizing to most people.  In fact, several years ago when I told my husband I was going to make one he said with a horrified look on his face, “Ugh, that sounds disgusting.”  Now, it is one of his favorite pies.

When I was growing up our next door neighbor was a retired woman named Ora Lee, who’s husband had died before I was born.  She seemed ancient then, with short white hair and a home that seemed frozen in the 1960’s.  She was (and still is) a very good friend to my family, though, and used to babysit my brothers and I on occasion.  She’s a fiery, tough, lady of the land, and at 86 still mows her own lawn.   I have very fond memories of playing domino’s in her living room and petting her scruffy dog.  My favorite memory, though, is eating the fantastic cookies and pies she baked.

Like many women who grew up and lived during the depression, she was a fantastic cook and baker.  She knew secrets on substituting ingredients and tips like adding potatoes to a burned pot of soup to eliminate any burned flavors.  She also knew how to make desserts from ingredients that a) almost every cook has on hand and b) you wouldn’t think should be in a dessert.  One of my families all time favorite examples of this – buttermilk pie.  It has a sweet yet slightly tangy flavor and a smooth custard-like texture, with a  subtle hint of nutmeg.  It’s fantastic, and the best part – the filling requires seven ingredients and less than ten minutes to whip up.  So without further ado, here is the recipe for this easy and delicious depression era pie:

Recipe: Buttermilk Pie
From the Kitchen Of: Ora Lee Ashmore

1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup oleo (or softened or melted butter)
3 tablespoons flour (rounded)
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg
Cream sugar and oleo (or butter), add flour and eggs and beat well.  Add buttermilk,
vanilla and nutmeg.  Pour into unbaked pie shell and bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes
(until set and the center no longer jiggles – it will be slightly browned on top).

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