December: My Great-Great-Grandmother’s Butter Pie

December 29, 2012

To wrap up my Pie of the Month project for 2012, I wanted to make a special family recipe. My Mom and sister made Butter Pie for Thanksgiving dinner, but I was here with my husband’s family and didn’t get to taste it! I wanted to make one, just to see if I remembered it, and then something funny happened… I ended up in our local newspaper!

The recipe was my great-great-grandmother’s. My Mom has a handwritten recipe framed, hanging in her kitchen. It’s quite a special family heirloom. Here’s the recipe:

Butter Pie
4 eggs
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp evaporated milk
1 to 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream butter. Add sugar and cornstarch. Add one whole egg and three egg yolks. Save three whites for meringue. Add vanilla and cream.

Place on low heat on double boiler stirring constantly until thick. Place in a 9-inch pie shell and cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees until custard is firm.

Add three heaping tablespoons of sugar to egg whites and whip into meringue. Place meringue on custard and bake until brown.

Funny side note: I made two pies (just in case) and four crusts. Two homemade dough efforts failed, but luckily I had bought a frozen crust as a backup. I’m sure glad I did because the photographer was set to arrive a few hours after my homemade-dough-melting-fiasco. I would have been in big trouble without those frozen crusts! Oh, and here I am in the paper! Here’s the full article.

Copyright Whitney Curtis 2010-2013

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