Wednesday, November 12, 2014

~ Laura Bush’s TEXAS Buttermilk Coconut Pie with Whipped Cream ~

I just want to say upfront that the recipe, photos and history are from 

Lea Berman's blog "America's Table"

Lea served as the White House Social Secretary during the George W. Bush presidency. This is NOT about politics but about a gracious First Lady and one of my favorite recipes. I had this recipe eons ago and somehow lost it. While trying to locate it, I ran across Lea's blog and she had posted this for Laura's birthday on November 4, 2014. 

I hope that you enjoy the pie as well as a bit of history. And I'm sure you realize "Texas" is a part of this too.  :)

Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie
Serves: 6
Prep time: 50 minutes
1 unbaked nine-inch pie shell
½ stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sweetened, shredded coconut, plus ½ cup of toasted coconut for garnish
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 cups whipped cream 
Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, coconut and buttermilk, and pour into pie shell. Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie-batter

Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie fillingBake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
In a dry frying pan set at low heat, toast the coconut until it is golden brown.
Garnish pie with whipped cream, and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie topping

Laura Bush's Buttermilk Coconut Pie

I learned a lot about hospitality from Laura Bush.  She understood and exemplified the desire to give every White House guest a memory of a lifetime, and beyond, because each guest’s visit becomes a part of their personal family history.  She thought carefully about every event she hosted: how it could be exceptional, how the food and flowers could in some way reflect the occasion, how the calligraphy honored the attendees – it was a package of small but important details that led to a great party. With the exception of the Christmas party buffets (which had at least one dress rehearsal to make sure every dish was delicious, beautifully presented, and complemented the meal as a whole), we never served the same meal twice.  Every tablecloth, centerpiece, menu card, and meal was unique to that specific event.
Laura Bush knew how to please and impress her guests. She and the President once hosted a lecture for a large group of scholars and historians of Abraham Lincoln, to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday. As the event was about to begin, she called me aside and asked me to arrange for guests to be invited to visit the Lincoln Bedroom, which is upstairs in the private family quarters. The Secret Service quickly made the adjustment to escort guests upstairs, because it was not common for a big group to suddenly troop up to the family quarters. For those scholars who’d been studying Lincoln and the Civil War all of their adult lives, it was a singular moment. There were even a few tears at the sight of the Gettysburg Address on display in the Lincoln Bedroom, the only one of five copies signed, dated and titled by Lincoln. They wandered through into the Lincoln Sitting Room, and reluctantly, back down to the party. She gave those people the memory of a lifetime.
Laura Bush was very popular among the White House staff because she always remembered to thank people for the job they were doing. It made them even more loyal and willing to pitch in when things became hectic. She would invite her East Wing staff up to the family dining room on a regular basis for lunch, complete with menucards, lovely centerpieces and careful seating arrangements.  It made me realize how thoughtfulness can be a very potent leadership skill. And another thing about Laura Bush – she never misspoke. Can you think of one other public figure about whom that can be said? Plain-spoken, forthright, and always willing to give another person the benefit of the doubt – also important elements of leadership.  The best bosses are also teachers, who make us better at what we do and how we live.
Today is her birthday, and I want to thank Laura Bush for her service to the nation, and also for the education I received in her employ. And in her honor I’m happy to share her recipe for buttermilk coconut pie. Happy birthday!
Joining ~ 


  1. Her Birthday is my brothers BD! I sure would love a piece of that yummy pie!

  2. OH HONEY... that looks SO delicious! My sister-in-law always makes a coconut pie for Thanksgiving:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

  3. Thanks for the tidbits Pat. We both must love Coconut Cream pie. I am saving this and your other recipe you share from before. Have a lovely day. . XO

  4. Lovely tribute to one of the most lovely ladies, ever...

    I adore Laura Bush.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of writing.

    Oh and for the recipe also. Although I couldn't enjoy it. Ding-dang Gluten Free need. ,-)


  5. The pie looks wonderful. Unfortunately, my hubby was just diagnosed with high cholesterol, so no pie for us. :( I have always admired Laura Bush. She just seems to be a genuinely kind and gracious lady. I enjoyed this post, Pat, and appreciated the leadership qualities Lea enumerated. So true. xxx ~ Nancy

  6. I love Laura Bush, Pat, and would love to make this pie! Gosh, is it ever an easy recipe, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the article.

  7. I love buttermilk pie, and I love coconut pie, so the two together...PERFECTION!!! Sounds like a very easy and delicious pie! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  8. What an honor to be employed in the White House and see and learn about it .
    Happy Birthday Laura Busch.

    I am sure you miss that experience , nice to see you in blog land


  9. I would LOVE a piece of that pie. YUM! YUM!
    Where have you been? I miss my friend!!! Take care Pat! xo

  10. O, what a beautiful pie and she is such a beautiful lady, inside and out. She is REALLY a prime example of what a First Lady should be. She and her sweet husband have been my heros for years.....
    I'm making that pie !!

  11. Hi Pat,
    Laura Bush is one of my favorite First Ladies of all time, next to her mother in law. I would love to have a slice of that pie right now, it looks fabulous! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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