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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen: Recipe for Crustless Buttermilk Pie

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM

This is part three of Stephen Fairbanks' Chef's Choice profile of Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Vires, is published here.

Crustless Buttermilk pie with lemon creme anglaise and lemon zest. - STEPHEN FAIRBANKS
  • Stephen Fairbanks
  • Crustless Buttermilk pie with lemon creme anglaise and lemon zest.

Cassy Vires, chef-owner of Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676), spent summers at her grandmother's home in Chattanooga, and even today there's a strong Southern influence on her cooking style.

When asked to prepare a dish of her choosing for Gut Check, she selected Crustless Buttermilk Pie. "It's a Southern dessert," she explained. "Something you just kind of whip up on a Sunday morning. It's easy and quick to make." She adds, "I tell St. Louis people it's like the gooey layer of gooey butter cake."

Vires serves the pie sliced into a four-inch square, garnishing the plate with lemon crème anglaise and shaving some lemon zest onto the pie itself. The resulting flavor profile is predictable, but no less delicious for it. The pie itself is rich with butter and milkfat, with a hint of vanilla sweetness.

Most important, Vires notes, "It's idiot-proof!"

Cassy Vires mixing up the batter for Home's Crustless Buttermilk Pie. - STEPHEN FAIRBANKS
  • Stephen Fairbanks
  • Cassy Vires mixing up the batter for Home's Crustless Buttermilk Pie.

Crustless Buttermilk Pie

3 eggs 1 ¼ cup sugar 1 ½ cup buttermilk 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/8 tsp kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter an 8x8 cake pan and line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix eggs and sugar and whisk until well combined. Add buttermilk, flour, butter, vanilla and salt and whisk until smooth and creamy. Pour into the prepared baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and slightly jiggly. Let cool. Serve chilled.


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