Thursday, June 23, 2016

Blackberry Buttermilk Pie with Cinnamon Raspberry Meringue

Several of my friends have asked for this recipe after I posted a photo of the pie on Facebook. It is truly YUMMY so go make it and adapt to your own tastes! This is my recipe, which I adapted from a buttermilk recipe long-forgotten. I'll be baking or cooking various old favorites of mine throughout my long, boring recovery from last Friday's hysterectomy. 
Final result = delicious pie and who doesn't want that?

Pre-heat your oven to 350 for a cooking time of 45 minutes. 
* Be warned that your cooking time will vary according to your oven and the pie's viscosity and temp going in. 

INGREDIENTS for the pie
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup seedless blackberry jam (or 1/2 cup blackberry jam and 1/2 cup pureed blackberries) *You can sub ANY jam flavor here and add more or less, according to the strength you want
1/2 cup unsalted butter MELTED
1/4 cup flour
5 large egg yolks (keep the whites in another bowl for the meringue)
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Dashes of salt
Pretty much any pie crust. I usually use one that's partially baked.

INGREDIENTS for the meringue
Egg whites (since you have 5, you'll have plenty of leftover meringue to bake some little meringues on the side, see last image.)
Sugar - I just add until the meringue looks and feels right.
Dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg
2 teaspoons of raspberry flavoring
A few blackberries or raspberries to top the pie itself (after it's baked!)

DIRECTIONS for deliciousness
Whisk together the buttermilk, sugar, blackberry jam, melted butter,  flour, vanilla, dash of salt, and egg yolks and have fun doing it.
Pour this lavender mess into your pie crust and try not to spill it.
Bake yonder gooey filling for 45 minutes OR until only the middle is wobbly.
Take out of hot oven and spread the meringue over the hot pie. Make sure to seal it by spreading it to the edges of the crust/filling line.
Put back in oven and bake fr another 10-20 minutes.
You don't have to add meringue at all. You could just bake it for 45-60 minutes and top with blackberries or whatever. 
Now, NO EATING! It's time to cool the pie for at least a few hours.
Enjoy and share!

Above are little raspberry cinnamon meringues that I made with the leftover meringue. The trick to baking them is a high temp for short time (to make them safe to eat) and then a long, slow bake so they're harder on the outside and chewy in the middle. Mine didn't come out completely right, but they were safe to eat and tasty :-) If you need help, THE GOOGLE is your friend. Making meringues.

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