Must be stopped….

I’m sure they have one. I’m sure I need one. I must be stopped.
What am I in need of? A 12 step cookbook addiction program.
I allow myself 4 cookbooks a month. Usually I stick with that. But with being injured and having nothing to do, I found myself browsing the Internet WAY too much. And what was worse was browsing Now I love me some Amazon. But they are evil. Every since they came out with their suggestion list my cookbook budget has gone up. Sigh. Whoever the evil genius was that came up with this brilliant idea no doubt has bought himself a new BMW on my cookbook addiction alone. I have bought cookbooks I had never even heard of all thanks to this suggestion list. If you don’t know what I am talking about, they analyze what you have previously bought and suggest new items based on what you bought. I buy a lot of cookbooks so they have a lot of suggestions. Bastards.
One of their suggestions was The Jimtown Store Cookbook. I was sold just browsing through the index.
Right around the time I was figuring out what to do with all my buttermilk, I came across this recipe. This is by far one of the strangest things I have ever made. It was like a tangy souffle in a pie shell. It has a little hint of spice(I would have added more). It feels very airy and fun on your tongue. I was expecting it to be more like a custard pie. I want to keep tinkering with it since it is so unusual, adding more spice and more sugar(come on it’s me).
For those of you wondering, my ankle is still being stubborn. I’m hanging in there though and have as my physical therapist says, “a refreshingly positive attitude.” towards my injury.

Buttermilk Pie

3 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
2 TBSP unbleached all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
3 TBSP unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 2/3 cups buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

Preheat to 450F. Place rack in middle.
Separate eggs, putting yolks in a large bowl and whites in a medium bowl.
Briefly whisk the yolks, then whisk in 1/3 cup of the sugar, the flour and the salt. Stir in the butter, and then the buttermilk and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.
Beat egg whites with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Continue beating, ad remaining 1/3 cup sugar, 1 TBSP at a time, until whites are stiff and glossy. Stir 1 cup of the whites into the yolk mixture; blend thoroughly. Spoon the lightened yolk mixture onto the remaining whites in the large bowl. Using a whisk, fold together gently but thoroughly. Pour the filling into the prepared pie shell.
Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350F. Bake for another 20-25 minutes. The top of the pie should be dappled with brown and tenderly evenly set.
Cool pie completely to room temperature on a rack before serving.

Adapted from The Jimtown Store cookbook by Carrie Brown, John Werner and Micheal McLaughlin


  1. First had buttermilk pie when I moved here and I find it addictive. All that buttermilk…goodness! Love different colors going on in the pictures.

  2. A “refreshingly positive attitude” can work wonders! So can retail therapy on Amazon, in my experience. : *)

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that succumbs to Amazon’s evil (and WONDERFUL) ways! I’ve bought so many cookbooks this year that earlier this month I swore I wouldn’t buy any more until next year. l lasted two days before I ordered two more (based on mentions from the blogosphere), and received all kinds of grief for it. Maybe that will be enough for a while…

  3. Wow, 4 cookbooks a month! I can now stop feeling guilty when buying a cookbook (I have less than 20 in total!) and if my darling complains, I’ll just make him read your post :)

  4. i need this pie. right now. for breakfast.

  5. Your pie looks delicious. Congratulations on maintaining a positive attitude in the face of a stubborn ankle. I can see why you need the cookbooks. That’s a vital ingredient to rehab!

  6. I’ve never tried a buttermilk pie, but this looks great! I’m assuming it might be a little like an egg custard pie? Which I love!

  7. Hi, I’m Breadchick and I’m a cookbook addict. I just packed up 1,632 lbs of cookbooks. How do I know this? I had to get them weighed for storage purposes…go figure. I LOVE buttermilk pie. Great choice from the cookbook! And hope your ankle is better soon!!

  8. Buttermilk pie sounds heavenly. And I share your cookbook addiction…sometimes it borders on the obssessive…my latest craziness was Essence which I bought from Amazon U.K. only to find out that it will be published soon in the U.S. …Before that was the Justin Quek cookbook which I had to order all the way from Singapore…
    I need help too. Maybe we can start a Cookbook Anonymous.

  9. Forgot to add: Hope you take care of your ankle. We want you back in tip top shape!Hugs!

  10. This sounds (and looks) really good! I have to admire your tenacity in baking even on a bum ankle. True baking spirit! Hope it gets all better soon! Btw, I’ve bought over four cookbooks a month before…the number of books coming out this holiday season is not looking good for my wallet…

  11. kitkathie says:

    Hello, hope your ankle heals soon!

  12. I’ve never had a buttermilk pie! but def have a cookbook addiction. I tried limiting myself to 2 a month but it didn’t work! Will try 4, that sounds more realistic hee hee :)

  13. I’m glad you gave a description of what this tasted like because I could not even imagine it! I might have to try it anyways though.
    Keep up your positive attitude! :-)

  14. I got hooked after I found out they shipped to Brazil and that it was a lot cheaper to buy this way instead of buying the books here.
    Lately, I haven’t even gone to their page, Pea. Too risky – I need money for my upcoming vacations, for crying out loud! ;)

    The tart looks really good!

  15. 4 cookbooks a month?! I can’t imagine how many you have by now. Must be an incredible sight. :)

    Just like the buttermilk pie. Mmmmmmmm.

  16. If there is a 12-step program, sign me up! I’m sure I’m way over the 4-books-a-month limit, if you count flea market finds and books I get in trade. But I don’t have the Jimtown Store cookbook…..

  17. I love buttermilk pie, but I don’t see it that often outside of southern style buffets or bbqs.

  18. I wholeheartedly agree, amazon is the devil. My addiction has become worse since amazon is one of the few websites that we’re allowed to access at work, so when I’m having a bad day, I buy myself a new book to cheer up. I have a lot of bad days at work…

  19. I wish I could by cook books all the time, but what do I need them for when I get to make all of your culinary concotions??? hehehe! I know, I know I’m a cheapo, but I can’t help it. I hope your ankle get’s better soon. At least you’re not like me, I used to play, practice, and condition hurt. It sucks because I’m paying for it now that I’m older :( I’m such a ‘tard, huh?

  20. I wish I could buy cook books all the time, but what do I need them for when I get to make all of your culinary concotions??? hehehe! I know, I know I’m a cheapo, but I can’t help it. I hope your ankle get’s better soon. At least you’re not like me, I used to play, practice, and condition hurt. It sucks because I’m paying for it now that I’m older :( I’m such a ‘tard, huh?

  21. Speaking of cookbooks, if one were to be considering purchase of a Donna Hay book, which would you recommend as a first?

  22. Now I know what to make when I have leftover Buttermilk. It looks really good, and like you I would add lots of sugar, cause we are sweet people.

  23. I agree with you – they have to be stopped. I have purchased many cookbooks through and I also have quite the cookbook suggestion list – and that’s apart from the cookbook reviews I read through the wonderful food blogs!! Definitely, I am a certified cookbook addict! It’s at the point where I don’t tell my family I bought a new cookbook, I just add it to the collection that is slowing taking over our physical living space and hope they don’t notice. Count me in for the Cookbook Anonymous. I just can’t buy anymore this year…I am saving for a culinary trip to Italy this September!
    My family would really enjoy the buttermilk pie. So, it’s from the Jimtown Cookbook?? Hope your ankle gets better real soon..

  24. We made this last night and, um, it was freaking delicious. We’ve been trying to recreate a pie I grew up on in Memphis–a chess pie from the old Seesel’s supermarket–and this looked a lot like it. But it tasted a lot different. And it was delicious!

  25. I have never had a buttermilk pie. Mmmmmmm!

  26. That pie looks so good…Did you know that you can make a vegan “buttermilk”? Isn’t that fab!?! I think I have my next challenge now. :)

  27. Hooray for cookbooks, pie (this one looks especially good) and ‘refreshingly positive attitudes’. Doing the water therapy for the ankle? Hope it gets better soon.

  28. That is a very interesting pie for sure.. don’t think I’ve ever had it but it looks wonderful!

    I’m glad you have a positive outlook regarding the ankle.. I really believe that’s the key to a successful recovery! Well that and lots of sugar and butter. :P


  29. That looks LOVELY!!

    You are not alone re: cookbooks. I (confession) just joined a book club and have five brand-new cookbooks shipped. Eek!! I am addicted too. Once of these days I’ll let everyone know what a slob I am with reading materials and post a photo of my nightstand and bedside. STACKS of food magazine and cookbooks.

  30. I haven’t had buttermilk pie since I was a kid. It’s wonderful! Thanks for reminding me of this. And 4 cookbooks a month? I would be in heaven! Hope your ankle gets better. I’m having my own foot woes.

  31. Okay – add me to the “in-need-of-12-step” girls. But, can there be a combo program that deals with shoes, too? I really have a problem…:)

    This pie looks so delicious!

  32. I think that my husband would kill me if I bought 4 (or more) cookbooks a month, but I would be a very happy girl!!! I often think some of the best recipes come out of those unknown, obscure cookbooks. I haven’t had a buttermilk pie in ages!!!

  33. Ah, Peabody, I really don’t need your help here. I’m able to find ALL the cookbooks I need to spend my allowance on WITHOUT your help!
    Amazon is evil, yes. But, I can’t call you evil when you make Buttermilk Pie. I love this pie, always have, always will but then I’m a buttermilk freak! I have the Better With Buttermilk: The Secret Ingredient in Old-Fashioned Cooking by Lee Edwards Benning.
    I think my new goal in life will be to send you a list of 6 cookbooks you don’t have and can’t live without! Would that be fair? Would that help with your 12 step program?

  34. Peabody,

    This is an amazing recipe! It was easy to make, taste incredible, and looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  35. I am going to show this post to Scott tonight and he will be thankful that I only come home with about one new cookbook a month!

  36. I had to comment because I’m always saying that I need a 12-step program for people who love cookbooks too much.I have also been introduced to many cookbooks by Amazon’s recommendations. In fact, I’ve found lots of great books that way.

    I hope you feel better soon and if you find that 12-step program, please let me know.

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