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Festive Fresh Fruit Buttermilk Pie

Fa la la la la y'all, we all love pie around here. This recipe is a keeper. Beautiful and festive for the holidays, perfect all year round. Pretty as a tart, (which is usually cream based with a glaze of cornstarch and sugar) this pie recipe echoes the true southern traditional buttermilk pie and will leave your guests asking for more.
You can bake it in small tart pans for easy entertaining, or a traditional  nine inch pie pan. I have included a gluten free version for you as well. So let's get cookin'...

You will need:
3 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 cup melted butter
3 teaspoons lime zest
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 fresh kiwi 
12 fresh large strawberries
pie crust dough of your choice

Ready your dough in a pie pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together the flour and sugar, whisk in the eggs, then the rest of the ingredients. Pour in the pie pan and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, until the filling is just set. The top should caramelize nicely.

Remove from the oven and let cool at least an hour. The pie pictured here was baked the night before. Thinly slice fresh kiwi and place on a paper towel to absorb the juice, same with the strawberries. Place sliced fruit on top of pie, add whipped cream if desired or a fresh herb such as mint, and serve. This one is served on vintage Johnson Brothers transferware in the Old Britain Castles design.

For the gluten free version, the directions are the same, only the ingredients and quantity are different. You will want to make sure your gluten intolerant guests can tolerate cornmeal. Corn products are not gluten free but cornmeal generally is. Use a gluten free pie crust dough like the one from Betty Crocker and follow the directions above as usual. Here are the ingredients for the gluten free version:

1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornmeal
3 eggs beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup buttermilk
3 teaspoons lime zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 Consider the gluten free recipe when you have to take something to the office potluck. The holidays can be hard on those gluten intolerant.

Hope everyone is enjoying the season. Happy Holidays.


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