Welcome to Andrea's Kitchen! 

The namesake for this site is a recipe I've eaten all my life.  I absolutely love this pie.  

It's got a pretty cool legend about it being served to Harry S. Truman while he was president.  I have no idea if it's true or not, but it just adds to the awesomeness of this dish.  Master Chief Steward Harry Hightower served this pie to President Harry S. Truman aboard the USS Missouri.  President Truman loved the pie so much that he asked Mr. Hightower for the recipe.  Mr. Hightower refused the President, telling him that it was a family secret.  When Harry Hightower retired from the US Navy in 1970 he decided to finally share this recipe and it was published in a US Navy newspaper.

USS Missouri Buttermilk Pecan Pie

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar 
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs 
  • 3 TBsp Flour 
  • 1/4 tsp  Salt
  • 1 cup  Buttermilk 
  • 1/2 cup  Chopped pecans, toasted
  • 9" unbaked pie shell

  1. (Optional) Toast pecans by baking until browned, about 5-10 minutes.  Stir once or twice while baking.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, adding ½ cup sugar at a time.
  4. Blend in vanilla.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time.
  6. Combine flour and salt; add small amount at a time.
  7. Add buttermilk.
  8. Sprinkle pecans in bottom of pie crust; pour custard over pecans.
  9. Bake 1 hour 30.  The top browns as it cooks.