Classic Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Classic Buttermilk Pie Recipe

This pie is a delicious custard-filled pie that is easy to make. Creamy, sweet, and comforting, this Classic Buttermilk Pie is the perfect dessert for any meal. 

buttermilk pie recipe

Classic Buttermilk Pie

A custard pie with the most delicious old-fashioned flavor and simply heaven.

classic buttermilk pie

Aside from buttermilk, you most likely have the ingredients for this buttermilk pie already sitting right in your kitchen. If you just can’t wait until you purchase buttermilk, you can easily make buttermilk with a couple of simple ingredients.

classic buttermilk pie

How do you make buttermilk?

  • Simply mix 1 cup of milk (with 2% or higher fat content) with 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice. Let it sit and thicken up for about 5 minutes. Pour it into your recipe with curdled bits and all

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What is the difference between Chess Pie and Buttermilk?

  • Both pies are very similar. Chess pie typically has cornmeal in the filling while buttermilk pie usually has some zesty ingredients (such as buttermilk) and vanilla.

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What is buttermilk pie made of?

  • Buttermilk pie is made of butter, flour, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, salt, and sugar

What does buttermilk pie taste like?

Buttermilk pie tastes like a creamy, buttery custard. Buttermilk lends a zesty flavor to this pie with just the right amount of sweetness to balance it out

classic buttermilk pie

Tips and Tricks for making this Buttermilk Pie

  • use a deep-dish pie plate and really pull the crust up and over the sides. The filling is enough to fill a pie plate all the way to the tippy-top
  • for a shortcut prep to making this pie, try my no-roll pie crust recipe
  • really listen when it says to let the pie cool for 2 hours. The crust and the pie filling need time to cook more and firm up before cutting into them

Make-Ahead and Storage:

How long will buttermilk pie last?

  • Buttermilk should be covered and refrigerated. It can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • To serve warm pie, place a slice in the microwave for about 30 seconds

Buttermilk pie is made with milk and eggs, so after you’ve eaten your share, leftovers should really only sit at room temperature for 2 hours.


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What Ingredients do I need to  Make this Easy Buttermilk Pie?


  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • large eggs
  • salt
  • vanilla – I like to use pure vanilla extract but you can use imitation
  • buttermilk
  • 1 unbaked pie crust

This pie doesn’t have a lemon in the ingredients. Should I Add Lemon?

I know there are several buttermilk pies that have lemon flavoring, but this is an old-fashioned and classic recipe from the mid-west that happens to not have lemon, and I kind of love it the way it is.

This particular recipe does not have lemon flavoring or lemon zest in the ingredients. I love this pie as-is, but I also think that during summer, a fun twist would be to add a tangy and refreshing lemon flavor

southern buttermilk pie recipes do tend to have lemon zest or lemon juice in the recipe which gives it a refreshing and even more zesty flavor. If you love a tangy lemon custard, then you might enjoy this pie with 1-2 teaspoons or up to 1 tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lemon or the lemon zest from one lemon.

Do you need a recipe for a simple and easy homemade pie crust?

You’ll be obsessed with this milk pie crust recipe that is made directly in the pie pan and produces a delicious flaky pie crust. The best part is – No rolling is needed – which I love!

How do you make this Buttermilk Pie Recipe?


Make the filling:

  • In a large bowl (or mixer), beat the butter and sugar together
  • Add eggs, whisk, and beat in vanilla
  • Mix dry ingredients together and add them to the egg batter.

Bake and Cool:

  • Pour buttermilk mixture into a 9-inch uncooked pie shell
  • bake in the preheated oven on the middle oven rack at 400 degrees for 10 minutes
  • lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 40 minutes
  • Let the pie cool on a wire rack (if you have one) for about 2 hours
  • It should continue to set up as it cools and the crust will cool enough to slice into without crumbling

Serving suggestions:

This custard pie is best served warm. To add to the delicious flavor, you could sprinkle on a little cinnamon or nutmeg. Whipped cream and pecans would complement a slice of this pie so well.


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Creamy, sweet buttermilk pie recipe

  • Author: Melissa


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. of flour
  • 3 eggs – beaten
  • 1/8 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 deep dish pie shell – 9-inch



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter together 
  • Add eggs, whisk
  • Then, add vanilla and mix in
  • Pour into pie shell and bake for 10 minutes 
  • Reduce heat to 350 degrees, and bake for 40 more minutes
  • *buttermilk pie should be golden brown on top and knife inserted should come out clean
  • Allow pie to cool for about 2 hours
  • Best when served warm


*pie will continue to set up as it cools

Storing your pie:

  • Any leftover pie should be covered and placed in the refrigerator for up to 3 days



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