Hypocrite pie

Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 8
Hypocrite pie

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet. Add the apples, one-fourth cup sugar and the cinnamon. Cook over medium heat until the apples are tender, 4 or 5 minutes. Set aside.


In a large bowl, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter with the remaining one-half cup sugar and beat until creamy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Mix in the vanilla, flour and buttermilk and beat until silky.


Prick the bottom of the pie crust with a fork. Spoon the apples into the crust and spread them around as flat as possible. Pour in the buttermilk custard mixture, ensuring that it covers all the apples. Set in a 300-degree oven and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.

Adapted from “Apple Pie: An American Story” by John T. Edge. The idea of combining apple pie and custard pie was widespread 100 years ago. Edge’s version in “Apple Pie” is based on a North Carolina recipe, altered by basing the custard on buttermilk.

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