Paired with a Fruity Ale
I think this boring Wednesday needs a little pie in it’s life. Don’t you agree?
I know what you are thinking. Pies are totally for the winter months, and I agree with you to a certain point. It’s not my favorite thing in the world to turn the oven on when the temps get above 90 degrees F, but sometimes it’s totally necessary to take advantage of some seasonal produce!
While we are somewhat out of citrus season, I still had to share this recipe for buttermilk pie with citrus. I love this pie you guys, and it’s one of my go-to desserts for a quick summer picnic potluck. When I first found a similar recipe in a magazine, I knew I had to recreate it and let me tell you that it was seriously love at first bite. It literally tastes like summer. I’m not kidding you. It’s like taking a bite out of summer. It’s so bright and packed full of citrusy flavor, that you will be begging for a second piece.
Make this buttermilk pie for a summer picnic. Your guests will love you for it! I had a hard time coming up with a beer pairing for this recipe. It’s hard not to get specific and overwhelm you with specific beers. Citrusy desserts aren’t the easiest recipes to pair beer with. I usually tend to go with a fruity ale of some kind. I think Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch is a great one for this recipe. It has a lot going on. Wine notes are prominent as well as some spice and other fruit. You can go any route you want though. If you have recommendations for a good beer pairing for this pie, I would love to hear them!
Recipe is below! Have a wonderful day everyone! xo
- 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup room-temperature buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- zest of 1 lemon
- 4 room-temperature large eggs
- Suggested toppings: confectioner's sugar, meringue or whipped cream.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter for the graham cracker crust. Press it into a 9-inch pie dish and press up the sides. Using the bottom of a cup press down so that it is firmly packed. Place the pie crust in the oven for 6-7 minutes or until just toasty and brown. Remove from oven and let cool while you prepare your buttermilk pie. Once cool enough to handle, place it in the fridge to chill even more.
- For the buttermilk pie, in a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, flour and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, orange juice, lemon juice, vanilla extract, lemon zest and eggs until completely smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk to combine fully. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust.
- Bake the pie for 40-45 minutes or until the pie is just set and brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before dusting with confectioner's sugar or dolloping with meringue. Enjoy!