Maple Buttermilk Meringue Whoopsie-Pie


I love it when I wind up making something completely off my radar, simply because circumstances dictate I use up a random collection of ingredients.

This morning I had my photo taken for next Friday’s Swerve magazine (!) and so I needed to appear 1) cleaned-up and presentable, and 2) like I was right into it in the kitchen. So I rummaged around pulling out bakerly things, like a wad of pastry from the depths of the freezer, and whipped egg whites and sugar into a bowl of meringue, thinking I could strike a Nigella-esque pose with it (I didn’t). When the photographer left, I had a well-crimped (albeit horribly overworked, as most props are) pie crust and a bowl of meringue. My laptop on the table, I quickly searched for a buttermilk pie recipe, thinking that a custardlike filling would be a) quick, and b) a good way to use up those yolks. A maple version came up. I decided to top it with meringue.

I was 20 minutes from having to leave town when it was chilled and ready to be topped; rushing into the kitchen and holding it in one outstretched arm while attempting to quickly take a photo of it in its naked glory, the pie flipped from my hand and landed upside-down on the table, all over all the stuff that was on it, and I let the expletives fly. It’s been a rough week. I lost it a little bit.

And then I scooped it all back up into the pie plate, smeared it with meringue and popped it in the oven. And was glad I did, because the stuff I licked off my fingers while scooping it back was delicious. I’m sure in some part of the world a pie like this has a name; and it falls under the same classification as pandowdies and slumps and Brown Betties. Whoopsie-pie, maybe.

Warning: 6 eggs will give you a helluva lot of meringue. You could do the mile-high thing (drama is always a nice quality in pie) or bake the remainder off as meringue cookies.

Maple Buttermilk Meringue Pie


January 30, 2010

inspired by this one


1 9" pie shell


2 cups buttermilk

2/3 cup maple syrup

6 large egg yolks

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 Tbsp. maple sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

pinch salt


6 large egg whites

3/4 cup sugar


1Preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk all the filling ingredients together until smooth; pour into the pie shell and bake for 1 hour, until set but still wobbly in the middle. Cool completely.

2When you're ready to finish the pie (it can be chilled for up to a day), preheat the oven to 400°F. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Mound on top of the pie and swirl thickly with a spoon.

3 Bake for about 10 minutes, or just until the meringue turns golden.


And now it’s technically Saturday – I got home from teaching an out-of-town class at midnight, and as I sat down to write this got a call from my sister across the street saying W was sick and feverish. So I ate a few forkfuls of pie, went and collected him, and am now lying next to a very hot, snotty and feverish bundle of joy.

But I’m determined to not miss Free Stuff Friday. Mostly because my friend Wade generously donated two gift certificates to his fine foodshop, Forage, which are each good for a dinner special of the day and a dessert. I’ve never eaten anything of his that wasn’t fabulous.

Which also acts as a perfect segue way to introduce my Brilliant Idea, something I alluded to ages ago when Blog Aid (which is finally coming to fruition this weekend! it is! I’ll keep you posted!) was just a spark. My idea: dinner together. Yes, as many of us who gather here as can make it. A Farm Table Dinner on Wednesday, February 24th, in the private Green Room at Forage. It’s a long, pale green room with an almost equally long dinner table that will accommodate 20 of us. All of the Green Room dinners feature a local producer, and this time it’s Buffalo Horn Ranch. Wade and his team cook and serve dinner family-style, and it’s all very cozy and delicious.

Here’s the deal: it’s $49 (I’m paying too!) which includes dinner, dessert, coffee/tea, and gratuity.
Doors open at 7:00 PM and dinner is served at 7:30 PM sharp.
Beer and wine service is extra and provided by Infuse catering.
You can call Wade and the fine folks at Forage to book your seat(s).

So.. what was for dinner last night? And what do you think – are enough of you interested in meeting in 3D and sitting down to a real dinner? Can we make a go of it?


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49 comments on “Maple Buttermilk Meringue Whoopsie-Pie

  1. Jade @ No Longer 25
    January 30, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I love that even though you seem so together in the kitchen that stuff like flipping a pie happens to you too! Dinner sounds fab but I’m a bit too far away, in Scotland – have a great time.

  2. Mama JJ
    January 30, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I can’t be a part of this giveaway because I’m in the States, but I’ll tell you anyway. It was a delicious dinner, made all the better because all my children loved it (more often than not, I cook weird stuff [by their approximation]). We had whole wheat sourdough pancakes and maple syrup, vanilla pudding (I used brown sugar instead of white and added a touch of maple extract), frozen and sugared strawberries, home-canned grape juice, and scrambled eggs.

    I love the pic of the dumped pie. I’ve had my share of those (the worst was the time I dumped it back INTO the oven).

  3. Christina
    January 30, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Awesome FSF!!! First of all … I’m SOOO in for a big dinner together!! How fun is that!! I would love to meet, visit and put faces to all the names I know so well from your blog!! How exciting!
    The pie looks too beautiful to eat! BUt I could probably manage to get some down!! HA HA!
    Dinner last night was pathetic … 2 individual mini frozen pizza’s after a LONG hard day of cleaning my entire house. I couldn’t bring myself to make anything that required any clean up what so ever (plus I was solo for bedtime with the 3 kids due to G’s gig this weekend … the joys of being married to a musician!). But I’ll tell you about Thursday’s dinner cause it was SO easy, crazy healthy and fabulous!
    I made basa (fish) and let 7 fillets marinade in 4 tbsp of sweet and spicy thai sauce with 1/2 of a lemons juice, 5 cloves of crushed garlic, about 2 tbsp of epicure teriyaki rub and about 3/4 cup of water. I baked it in a glass baking dish with the marinade and it was SOOO delicious! I served it over a bed of Swiss Chard I wilted down in a pan with tons of garlic, some onion and yellow peppers. The whole dish so delicious … healthy eating should taste so good!

  4. Christina
    January 30, 2010 at 6:18 am

    PS I hope W feels better!! There’s nothing worse than when you’ve got a sick little munchkin!!

  5. Aimee
    January 30, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Last night’s dinner was steaks with a pepper-cognac sauce and oven fries. I attempted to mix some parsnip fries in with the the potatoes, but Noah skillfully picked them out and announced “Some of these french fries are not very good.

    Sorry about your pie; very exciting about Swerve!

  6. supersu
    January 30, 2010 at 7:41 am

    dinner with the ‘julie gang’ would be wonderful…if it works have one on a saturday so us edmontonians can come too!

    have fun

  7. Nancy
    January 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Damn I wish I lived closer!!! To get the prize and come to the dinner.

    So funny, I just read a novel that was one of those mystery ones with cooking and recipes in it, and they kept talking about buttermilk pie – so here I was looking it up to see how to make it, and you post one!! Crazy. Looks delish! Must try.

    In other news, did my “sip n’ sup” yesterday where friends and I get together and make a ton of dinners to eat/freeze, so we had maple pork tenderloin from that, sweet potato fries with asian dip (that one dd drank, the other ignored) and asparagus. Such a happy feeling having a freezer full of meals.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Cheryl
    January 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Oh, sign me up! I’m actually headed to Forage today to buy tickets for the dinner on the 8th too. And pick up dinner. Hubby is still cooking. But he made a mean tuna casserole last night. (Much better than the wiener wraps of the other night.)

    Hang in there. You are awesome and all that you do is awesome. Hope W is feeling better.

  9. Melanie
    January 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Count me in! I’ll book my ticket today! What a wonderful idea!

  10. Carol SB
    January 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Dinner with Dinner with Julie. I would love to come.
    I’ve always wanted to try Forage.
    Supper for us last night was Freezer Borscht– I’m still working my way ever so slowly through the big chest freezer in our basement (getting half a steer in April, oh my). So oldest daughter came over for a visit, and we decided to cook: 2 or 3 packages of diced frozen beets; a lump of frozen smokie meat made from venison; onion; potato; I wasn’t in the kitchen the whole time so i don’t know what all else is in there, but LOTS of dill.
    Freezer borscht: yum. Daughter cooking with me: priceless 🙂
    BTW, Julie: if the evening for the dinner changed (like, say to a Thursday night), I’d be fine with that. Wed the 24th is windup for volunteer night… that means my presence won’t be as strongly missed, I hope. HOWEVER, Thursday’d be better from my p.o.v. Either way, i’m in.

  11. Kathy
    January 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Hi Julie, I’ve never been to Forage, and I’d love to meet you & everyone on here in 3D. Count me in!!! Yum.

    Our supper last night was rather pedestrian due to a late physiotherapy appt. by moi–Hamburger Soup (brown 1 lb. hamburger and add it to two cans of Habitat Vegetable Soup and heat) and ciabatta buns fr. Costco.

  12. Kathy
    January 30, 2010 at 9:11 am

    oops one question though — when calling Forage to book do we just tell them we are booking for a “Farm Table Dinner” on the 24th or do we specify we’re part of the Julie gang?

  13. ladyloo
    January 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Oh man, if I was in town I would so be there!

    Dinner last night was down at the dock, and so I felt compelled to eat some of the catch. So I had pasta with crawfish and mushrooms in a cheese sauce. And finished it off with a surprisingly good creme brulee.

  14. Betty C
    January 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Sounds like fun – a new restaurant to try and 19 new friends!
    Dinner with visiting family was oven barbecued baby back ribs, rice to soak up all the yummy sauce and steamed broccoli. Dessert included one of my baking disasters – it was a take on a Michael Smith recipe – biscuits with blueberry sauce (mine turned out to be a package of saskatoons) with honey- whipped cream. The biscuits were a little crispy to say the least – I had a brain lapse when I put them in the oven – instead of hitting the start timer, I turned off the oven – couldn’t figure out why they weren’t baking! After re-baking, they probably would have been better as dog biscuits….tasty dog biscuits.

  15. JulieVR
    January 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Yahoo – sounds like we might make a go of this! Just call and ask for the Feb 24th Farm Table Dinner – no one had signed up for it yet, so I’m hoping we can just take over the table! If it looks like there’s enough interest, he’ll just reserve the whole thing for us!

  16. Natalie (GA)
    January 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Wish I were closer. It would be so fun to meet everyone. Make sure to take a picture for us to see!

  17. jen
    January 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

    last night was all about comfort food (it was a very looong week) so we had pasta cabonara with roasted butternut squash and spinach salad. and wine. much wine.

    dinner together is such a great idea! sadly we will be on vacation on the 24th but i really hope that this idea takes off and then maybe i could attend a future 3D dinner.

  18. Sarah (Calgary)
    January 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

    3-D dinner – I’m in.

    Last night was a business function at Porter House. BLT salad (best bacon I’ve had in a long time), tarragon salmon on black truffle mashed potatoes (not what the chef had designed to serve with the salmon but my choice) sauteed greens and chocolat pots de creme. Yummy.

    Can’t wait to see the updated Blog Aid.

  19. Rebecca
    January 30, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I’ll have to see about finding a sitter for the Farm table dinner but I’d love to get some gift certificates for Forage – every little bit of cooking help does wonders when you have a wee one at home.

    We had a great dinner last night. I was feeling tired from a big week of working out (trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight) and hubby wanted to invite some friends for supper so I said that he had to cook. He has one signature dish (really, it’s about the only dish that he knows how to make) – pasta and herbs. He made the pasta and I made the salad and garlic buns. Our friends brought some wine and brownies so it was the best type of dinner one could have – a yummy meal, shared with friends and family!

  20. Janice S
    January 30, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Hi everyone! Just a quick note that forage is only open M-F 2pm-7pm, so for those of you going down or calling today, you will need to wait until Monday to get your tickets for the Farm Table Dinner :). Or, leave a phone message and someone will call you back to confirm with you on Monday!

  21. Laurie in Burnaby BC
    January 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Oh, poor Julie! I can so relate to flipping the pie! The worst one of those that I ever did was at Sunday dinner when the kids were growing out of their teens. No 3 son’s new girlfriend had been invited, so she baked an apple pie as a gift, and I dropped it face down on the kitchen floor. OMG. The poor girl was nervous enough as it was. I still feeling terrible remembering it.

    I hope W feels better soon. Poor wee mite.

    I can’t come to Calgary, much as I’d love to. My dinner last night was a catfish fillet. I just steamed it with nothing because I wanted to know what catfish tastes like. I made a medley of baby vegs frozen last spring, and a lemon sauce. I discovered I do like catfish, but it’s rather bland by itself, so I was happy that I’d made a tastey sauce. 😉

    Filling and warming on a chilly, rainy night.

  22. brenda
    January 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Julie,
    Dinner last night was baked potatoes with chili (from the freezer) on top, with grated cheese. I also made a cabbage salad.

  23. Colleen
    January 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    My husband emailed me at work yesterday to tell me he had picked up a cooked ham, salad and some buns at lunch time so that is what we had for supper. My husband – I think I’ll keep him. The in-store cooked maple hams at sobeys are really quite good – and I try not to cook on Fridays.

  24. Jill
    January 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Well, dinner tonight is going to be the first chicken I have attempted to roast and some kind of veggies which are yet to be determined. Then I plan on having delicious leftovers made into all sorts of other tasty things for the rest of the week! By the way Julie, I loved the story of Mike and his “gepetto’s gelato” plan. Hilarious!

  25. Elaine
    January 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I just went to the Forage website–it looks stellar! It’s a shame that I live in Chicago.

    I made a crap-ton of parsley/caper compound butter for our NYE dinner, so in an effort to use it up, last night I pan-fried tilapia in it and made a roasted vegetable & orzo dish w/ balsamic reduction.

  26. Sue (London, ON)
    January 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I have to try that pie – I love love love all things maple. It kills me to NOT be able to come to your dinner. It sounds fabulous and oh if I was closer I’d have made my reservation already! Have fun and I hope it goes without saying that you’ll take pictures to share with the rest of us afterward!

  27. Jan (family bites)
    January 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Dinner sounds so fun! Too bad I’m three provinces away. Last night my hubby made a lovely roast chicken, baked potato and broccoli dnner. Love the sounds of this pie – maple anything is a must in my book.

  28. punkrawkknitter
    January 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    ARGH! I have an exam on the 25th, and as much as I would like to come to dinner, I know I will have to study my ass off that night… ARGH! You should totally try a 3D meal again. I’ve never been to Forage, but it looks delicious…

  29. Kayla
    January 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I second the idea to have a dinner on a Saturday for us Edmontonians! Dinner last night was a basil cream chicken pasta with salad and cheesy bread. Yum!

  30. H-woman
    January 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I can’t make a Wednesday night dinner, much as I’d love to! I have been meaning to try Forage and haven’t got there yet. I second the Saturday night idea!

    Glad you salvaged the pie–looks yummy!

    Dinner tonight–homemade Caesar salad (with help from Epicure for the dressing) and spaghetti and meatballs with a tomato veggie sauce (with a healthy dose of red wine in the sauce and the cook!).

    H =)

  31. Lisa
    January 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    My Forage experience to date has been the fabulous tomato sauce you can sometimes get at Gull Valley. I’m leaving for a visit with family the next day, so maybe I’ll just plan to have my fridge cleaned out a day earlier…

    Dinner last night was mostly leftovers – I crave roasts when it’s cold, so I’d done a Hoven Farms prime rib earlier in the week, which turned out to be surprisingly good value – they’re pricey, but it really stretched out over a lot of meals. Also had some steamed romanesco and some leftover yorkshire. Reheated yorkshire isn’t anything to write home about, but the rest was pretty tasty!

  32. Avery
    January 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Wednesdays I work until 8:30pm, otherwise we’d sooooo be there! Last night Mike made casareccia pasta with fried sage and butternut squash. Nice grating of parmesan on top… it was great. Hope W feels better soon; there’s something going around…

  33. margo
    January 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Oh my, I have to figure out whether to drive the two hours to Calgary!! So tempting!! I just hate committing to driving in the winter… so tempting!
    Anyway, while I stew over that… supper tonight with our whole family home (yay!!) was a wonderful roasted smoked turkey (daughter-in-law’s first taste of that, and she was hooked; if you’ve not had one, you must try it!) Perfect with Julie’s scalloped potatoes (Starting Out), asparagus with browned butter, broccoli, and asian spinach salad, and for dessert I made the easiest, silkiest Pots de Creme which everyone lingered over each bite. Recipe from The Pioneer Woman (on Julie’s blogroll). A wonderful family dinner! So satisfying.

  34. Rose
    January 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Julie

    Oh No! February 24 is still Olympics time here in Vancouver and my six year old is out of school for the whole two weeks of the Olympics. If you do a 3-d lunch or supper on a weekend sometime I’m coming, as I told you I would. It’s not such a long trip from Vancouver!

    Dinner was souvlaki style pork steaks with greek salad, tsatziki and rice. Very nice


  35. glenda
    January 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Also two hours away…in the winter…with unpredictable roads….sigh… any other Lethbridge adventurer who wants to carpool??
    Had a 6 o’clock event so supper was some yummy leftover spaghetti squash with meat/tomato stuffing. So good!

  36. Erica B.
    January 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    woohooooo! I’ll be calling Forage ASAP to book & be there Feb 24 if I have to dogsled! :o)

    Our dinner club met this weekend – this month’s theme was chocolate.

    I made Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup using a poblano mole for the chocolate & the kick, and Cacao nib, Pumpkin seed & Raisin Crisps on the side.

    I enjoyed a strawberry, pecan and mixed greens salad with a chocolate vinaigrette, chicken mole, chocolate beef stew and chili.

    For dessert I made browned butter cacao nib cookies, others made aztec hot chocolate, chocolate no bakes, and fantastic chocolate peanut butter bite.

    Fantastic night 🙂

  37. Shelley
    January 31, 2010 at 12:38 am

    The pie still looks delish!

    Dinner was out at Joey’s…had great company with a cousin who is more like an older sister.
    We has wasabi tuna taco appetizer thingies and then fish tacos followed by banana chocolate bread pudding…which I am going to look for a recipe for since it was terrific!

  38. Vivian
    January 31, 2010 at 10:46 am

    On the “flip side” of things…I once hauled a lovely Hawaiian pizza out of the oven only to have it take a dive onto the floor, fixings side down of course. Now I am forever being teased about my “Pineapple-Upside-Down Pizza! Dinner last night really wasn’t as I had attended the opening of the new Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton) and stuffed myself with hefty cookies of all description and multiple cups of TAZO’s sublime Wild Sweet Orange tea. (Sadly, TAZO is phasing it out…sniff! With lemon and honey it made a great substitute for hot apple cider.)

  39. Erica B.
    January 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    dang Forage isn’t open weekends. I left a message & will follow up Monday. 🙂

  40. Aparna
    January 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I was at Phat Camp all weekend. After 7 hours of getting my (rather non-existant) bootie kicked I was too exhausted to make a proper meal. Does eating a bowl of chili while attempting to take an epson salt bath and not drown count as dinner?

  41. Kathy
    January 31, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    We’re in the middle of moving so dinner was trying out the new ‘hood pizza place down the street, Desperado. Delicious and one of those pizzas that is even better the next day cold. Love Forage, just moved from Marda Loop and it was a block away.

  42. thepinkpeppercorn
    January 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Ooooh I’m excited to read the Swerve!!! Love the pie too 🙂 So sweet and whimsical even.

  43. Dajana
    January 31, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I third the idea to have dinner on a Saturday night so us E-town foodies could join in on the fun.

    As for dinner last night – we enjoyed amazingly garlicky chicken shawarma on saj from Sunbake Pita Bakery followed by some pieces of sticky sweet baklava. Delish!

  44. Lisa Hardy
    February 1, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Hi Julie – that pir looks wonderful. I love your blog and you’ve inspired me to cook much more than I ever have. I tried the laughing cow stuffed meatballs and I fell in love!!
    Dinner last night was roast beef, potatoes and sticky chocolate pudding 🙂

  45. Heather
    February 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Dinner was a roasted celeriac soup. Pretty tasty, though unappetizingly oatmeal-colored.

    Would love to do the dinner, but am booked that night already! Too bad. Also, dinner out is less thrilling now that I’m pregnant and can’t enjoy a glass of wine with that delicious feast.

  46. Janeen
    February 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Dinner sounds great. I can’t wait to meet all of you! I made some sausage, kale and lentil soup. YUM

  47. Dana McCauley
    February 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Maple buttermilk you say? Now that’s a combo I haven’t tired. Like it.

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