Location: Rutledge, GA
What It Is: In downtown Rutledge you will find "Yesterday's Cafe", which is famous for it's truly local Southern dish (an old African American recipe passed down through generations) -- buttermilk pie. Last November, this buttermilk pie recipe won first place in Good Morning America's Best Bites Challenge. -AOL May 17, 2008
How To Make It:
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 eggs beaten
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
The key to correctly making our buttermilk pie is mixing each ingredient separately. Combine the sugar and flour and whisk until flour is completely mixed into the sugar. Then add the vanilla and whisk until evenly mixed in with sugar and flour.
Beat the eggs well before adding to dry ingredients and again, whisk well. Next whisk in the melted butter and then add the buttermilk. Whisk the mixture well. We actually like to whip the final mixture with the whisk before pouring into an unbaked 9" pie shell.
We bake our pies in a commercial convection oven for 45 minutes. The convection oven is key in rising the custard consistency. Shake the pie a little to make sure it is not undercooked. It should barely shake in the middle. The crust should be golden to light brown and a little flakey on top.
Make sure when you cut your pie that you do not have a separation with a cakey layer near the top. The pie should have a custard consistency throughout. Good luck and happy baking!
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