Sunday, July 8, 2012

Brown Sugar Pie

Here's another lovely old-fashioned treat from "Granny's Drawers" (don't you just love the name?!).  This brown sugar pie is the kind of treat I can see my Great-Grandma whipping up with a few household staples during the Depression or Caroline Ingalls baking on the prairie when fruit was not readily available. 

It goes well with a cup of coffee.  I prefer it warm but I think if the butter were reduced it could be tasty cold as well.  (I haven't tried it but the next time I'll be making this with just 1/2 cup of butter as I think that would be plenty.)  Small, tart-sized slices are perfect - regular pie slices are a bit too much.  It has the texture of a pumpkin pie but tastes more like a pecan pie without the pecans.  This particular crust is a refrigerated rolled crust (not the frozen kind already in a tin) and I don't think this is a recipe where you miss the homemade crust.  It would be good with a little fresh whipped cream on top.
The original recipe calls for 1 box of brown sugar - eventually I discovered most people think that is the equivalent to 2 cups of brown sugar - personally I think 1 1/2 cups would have done the job as it is a little overly sweet.

1 box brown sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the sugar, margarine, milk and eggs and mix well.  Add the flour and salt and mix well.  Beat in the vanilla.  Pour into the unbaked pie crust and bake about 45 minutes or until the center is set.  Store in the refrigerator.


The Chic Country Cowgirl said...

As a lover of pie, I feel I must bake this soon--it looks fabulous! And I don't think I've ever had anything quite like it!

"Granny's Drawers" is hilarious, by the way... I actually laughed out loud =)

Unknown said...

It is definitely unique - I wasn't sure what my husband would think of it but he loved it and asked me to please pack a piece up with his lunch so that's always the ringing endorsement! :) The cookbook cracks me up too - its like one of those little church-lady cookbooks and you just know the recipes are like your favorites from the church potlucks. Thanks for the follow!

Full Circle Creations said...

This looks so good. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

Little church lady cookbooks are the best! I got rid of all my cookbooks, but the church ones, family, and Paula Deen, of course! The pie looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

Take care,