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Brown-Sugar Buttermilk Pie

  • prep: 25 mins
    total time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • servings: 8

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water

For the Filling

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter

Cook's Note

Refrigerate, wrapped in plastic, up to 3 days.

How to Crimp a Crust: Using a knuckle on one hand and the thumb and forefinger of the other, crimp the rim of the crust.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Make the crust: In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, add up to 2 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time); do not overmix. Form dough into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a floured surface, roll out dough to a 12-inch round. Place in a 9-inch pie plate, fold overhang under, and crimp edges. Prick dough all over with a fork. Place a sheet of parchment paper over dough and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until edge is light golden, about 15 minutes; remove parchment and weights.

  3. Step 3

    Make the filling: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, eggs, and brown sugar until smooth. Whisk in buttermilk, nutmeg, and cinnamon until combined. In a small saucepan, heat butter over medium, swirling pan occasionally, until golden brown and most of the foam has subsided, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately whisk into buttermilk mixture. Pour filling into pie shell and bake until set but still slightly wobbly in center, 25 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack, 2 hours, before serving.

Source
Everyday Food, November 2011