14 March 2012

I wasn't planning on posting anything today, but then I got up and checked my email and was reminded that it was Pi Day. March 14, or 3-14.  We Foodies like to change it from a math holiday into a food holiday by calling it Pie Day instead.  I happened to have some pics of a terrific pie on my computer, so I thought I would share it with you.

My mom has been making this pie for a long time now.  You can find the recipe online just about anywhere. It's the pie that the head chef of the U.S.S. Missouri made for President Harry S Truman when he visited the ship.  Legend has it that Truman liked it so much that he requested the recipe, but the chef refused to part with it until after his retirement.

U.S.S. Missouri Buttermilk Pie

½ - ¾ cup pecans, chopped
2 cups sugar
½ cup butter, softened
4 eggs, divided
3 tbsp flour
¼ tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk (regular, not lowfat)
1 9" unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 350°.

Spread pecans out on a cookie sheet and place in preheated oven for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside.  Lower oven heat to 300°.

Gradually beat sugar into butter with mixer until well blended.  Add 3 eggs, one at a time, blending well after each one.  Add flour and salt; blend well.  Add buttermilk and blend well.  Pour into crust and top with the toasted pecans.  Beat the remaining egg and brush the edges of the pie crust with it.

Bake at for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before serving.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 8 servings.

My mom uses ¾ cup pecans instead of the traditional ½ cup.  It's important not to make any substitutions with this pie.  Don't use margarine instead of butter and don't get the lowfat buttermilk or it won't set up right.  Each piece of this pie contains approximately a million calories and thousands of grams of saturated fat, so it's not something to be made very often.  But it is a special treat to be enjoyed every once in a while.

Here are a few other pie recipes for your Pie Day perusal:

Happy Pie Day!

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