There is a scene in White Christmas where Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby share a midnight snack of liverwurst sandwiches and buttermilk. After seeing that movie as a kid, I grew up thinking that meal had to be the most romantic meal on the planet. Until I saw and tasted liverwurst. And tried to drink buttermilk on its own. No thank you. It is a wonder Bing got the girl after offering her a snack like that.
I have seen a lot of recipes for buttermilk pie, butter cake, and gooey butter bars and the have been eager to try one. A lot of the recipes, despite there different names, seem to be getting at the same thing: a cake-like crust filled with a tangy-sweet buttermilk custard.
If you have reservations about "milk pie" put them aside. The custard layer melts into the cake crust. It tastes like a slightly tangy, deep dish sugar cookie. It is simple, uncomplicated dessert.
You start with yellow cake mix, butter and an egg. That gets pressed into a pan and par baked.
These bars are dressed up with blackberry puree and fresh fruit, but I actually prefer to eat them plain, straight from the fridge. Simple, uncomplicated dessert.
1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs, divided
1 stick butter, melted
1 c buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 c sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
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*pre-heat oven to 300 degrees
1. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 egg, cake mix and 7 Tablespoons of the melted butter until mixture comes together
2. Press dough onto the bottom of a greased 8x8 pan
3. Bake at 300 for 15 minutes
4. While crust is baking, assemble filling: in a mixing bowl whisk together remaining eggs, buttermilk, salt, sugar, vanilla and 1 Tablespoon melted butter until smooth
5. Pour filling over warm crust and return to the oven for 20-25 minutes, until filling is just set
6. Allow to cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar and serving