Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Montgomery Pie - a lotta lemon and a little story behind this rarely published recipe from Alabama

Montgomery Pie

Bert Greene, cookbook author and longtime food columnist for The New York Daily News, was traveling home while in the service and happened to stay in a hotel in Montgomery, Ala. and dined in their restaurant. He ordered a piece of pie and upon his return home, he tried to contact the cook to ask for the recipe, but never got a response. He called the hotel manager only to learn that the cook couldn't read or write, and there was no recipe. Mr. Greene returned to Montgomery and stood with the wonderful lady in her kitchen as she made the pie and recorded the recipe so that others could enjoy Montgomery Pie.

2 eggs
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup water
4 tablespoons soft butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 deep dish pie crust
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat one egg with the lemon juice and rind, ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and 1 cup water. Beat until smooth and pour into unbaked pie shell.
Beat butter and one egg in a large bowl; add 2/3 cup sugar and baking powder; then alternatively add milk and 1-1/2 cups flour (about 1/3 each time). Beat until smooth then spoon the mixture over the first layer of the pie.
Bake 35-40 minutes. Check with toothpick for doneness. Cool on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy. Be sure to spoon the lemon filling left in the pan over the top of the slice before serving.
Terry Ford, Curve TN


Dana Nicholas said...

Could you post the actual recipe on this site rather than a link to the Jackson Sun?

Libby Murphy said...

Dana I can't post recipes from stories I write for Gannett for a certain amount of time. Sorry, but if you go to the link the recipe is there.

Sue Hillmer said...

sorry libby, but the recipe is not on that link. it takes me to a recipe for a cherry pie.

Sue Hillmer said...

sorry libby, but the recipe is not on that link. it takes me to a recipe for a cherry pie.

Libby Murphy said...

Sue the cherry pie is the first of 7 or 8 recipes in the article. If you will just look beyond the first page it's there. Enjoy

Joan said...

Found the Montgomery Pie, but even better I found a Buttermilk Pie that sounds like what my mother used to yearn for. She died several years ago, so I can't ask if this was the one, but it sure sounds like it ... virtually nothing but buttermilk and sugar mixed with some butter. Gotta try it!

MyVie said...

I looked over all those recipes. I think I'm going to have to try each and every one of them! Thanks for posting this!

jlk said...

The recipe is no longer posted..not even the cherry pie.

Unfortunately, that page could not be found.

Try the search box or site index below to find what you are looking for.

Jean Hart said...

I would like to get this recipe. The link does not work - says article not found! I tried to search the papers site, but sadly, no luck.

Libby Murphy said...

It's posted above - enjoy!

Kimberly said...

I made this pie tonight and it is really good. I was worried because the first layer is complete liquid and the second layer is batter. I read the recipe again and even found another one thinking there was a mistake. There is no mistake, the top bakes almost like a lemon bread and there is some wonderful lemony liquid on the bottom that you spoon over the top (like it said in the recipe). All in all, I have had just a sliver and it was still hot, but tasted very good.

CarolC said...

I'm thinking I will make this for Thanksgiving, but using a cast iron skillet and no crust. Like a lemon cobbler.