The moment I see fresh berries popping up in the supermarket, I find myself dreaming of all of the yummy ways to showcase the sweet little gems. Pound cakes, cobblers and shortcake are obvious contenders, but one of my absolute favorites is actually the least likely of all: Buttermilk Pie.
As is typical of chess pies like this one, the pie forms a crusty layer on top as it bakes, something akin to creme brulee. The custard filling is tangy and perfectly sweet, but not so flashy that it eclipses the taste of the berries. In a word, this just might be the perfect dessert to whet your palate for spring.
Cream butter at high speed of an electric mixer; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add flour, and beat until smooth. Add eggs, and beat until blended. Add buttermilk, vanilla and salt; beat well. Pour filling into pastry shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes; reduce heat to 350, and bake an additional 40-45 minutes or until set. Cool to room temperature and then chill thoroughly before serving.
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.