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Chocolate Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk adds a great tang to this mildly sweet, smooth, and custardy pie with a deep chocolate flavor from chef Deborah VanTrece.

A table with colourful napkins, a plate with a slice of pie , a cup of coffee, and a yellow pie plate with a chocolate buttermilk pie that's missing one slice.

Adapted from Deborah VanTrece | The Twisted Soul Cookbook | Rizzoli, 2021

Although this pie’s roots are in the United Kingdom, it is considered a traditional pie of the South. My first introduction to buttermilk pie was in the home of Grandma Richey, my roommate’s grandmother in Texas. She constantly overindulged us with good Southern meals that always included dessert.–Deborah VanTrece

DO YOU EAT BUTTERMILK PIE WARM OR COLD?

So that might sound like a ridiculous question but warm vs. cold buttermilk pie is more contentious than you might know, especially in the South where both sides can be very vocal about their preference. Eating it cold makes the filling firmer and the crust a little crisper. Warm makes the flavors more apparent and the filling creamier.

This pie can sit out, unrefrigerated, for a day or two if you’re a room-temp lover. Any longer than that and you’re going to have to eat it cold from the fridge…but none of us have ever experienced that kind of problem. Tell us what you prefer in the comments below–warm, lukewarm, or fridge cold?

Chocolate Buttermilk Pie

A table with colourful napkins, a plate with a slice of pie , a cup of coffee, and a yellow pie plate with a chocolate buttermilk pie that's missing one slice.

This pie was the perfect ending to Sunday supper. It’s mildly sweet with deep chocolate flavor, smooth, and custardy, with a great tang from the buttermilk.

Deborah VanTrece

Prep 30 mins

Cook 1 hr

Total 2 hrs 30 mins

Dessert

Southern

8 servings

303 kcal

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For the pie crust

For the filling

Make the pie crust

  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut cold butter into dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  • Make a well in the mixture and pour 1/3 cup of buttermilk into the well. Using a fork, stir until the mixture is evenly moist. Add more buttermilk as needed to form a dough. Move dough to a lightly floured surface and flatten it into a thick round. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

  • Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature just long enough to roll out on a lightly floured surface.

  • Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough into a 12-inch (30-cm) disc approximately 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick. Roll dough over a rolling pin, then gently roll it into a 9-inch (23-cm) pie plate, pressing it gently into the dish. Trim excess dough from edges, then crimp edges with your fingers or a fork. Chill for 30 minutes.

Make the filling

  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Whisk in butter, flour, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and buttermilk until smooth.

  • Pour filling into chilled pie crust and bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F (180°C) and continue to bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the internal temperature is 170 to 175°F (77 to 79°C), 35 to 45 minutes.

  • Move to a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve with whipped cream.

Serving: 1servingCalories: 303kcal (15%)Carbohydrates: 61g (20%)Protein: 7g (14%)Fat: 4g (6%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 97mg (32%)Sodium: 505mg (22%)Potassium: 157mg (4%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 41g (46%)Vitamin A: 191IU (4%)Calcium: 57mg (6%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Originally published October 8, 2021

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