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Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie is a classic, traditional southern pie. It’s simple and made from regular ingredients, but it tastes so good. Buttermilk Pie is creamy, sweet heaven. It’s one of my very favorite pies.

Old-fashioned Buttermilk Pie

What Is The Origin?

Buttermilk Pie is a southern dessert that has been passed down through the generations. Interestingly, it is thought to have originated in England.

What Does Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie Taste Like?

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie has a super smooth, custard-like filling that is really sweet. It has just a little tang from the buttermilk, but mostly it is very sweet. This pie is for people with a serious sweet tooth. The filling only takes about 5 minutes to make and consists of eggs, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter, flour for thickening, and lemon juice, vanilla extract, and nutmeg for flavor.

Old-fashioned Buttermilk Pie

What Is The Difference Between Buttermilk Pie and Chess Pie?

Buttermilk Pie is very similar to Chess Pie only a Chess Pie typically has cornmeal and a Buttermilk Pie does not. If you are looking for a Chess Pie Recipe, I love this Chocolate Chess Pie and this Lemon Chess Pie.

Old-fashioned Buttermilk Pie

You can use a store bought pie crust or make your own. Watch the video below to learn how to make an easy homemade Flaky Pie Crust.

How To Tell When It Is Done

The center of the pie should jiggle just slightly when it is done. It will set up further in the refrigerator.

If the pie crust starts to get too brown before the pie is done baking, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.

Why Is My Pie Runny?

If your pie is runny, you most likely didn’t bake it long enough, or it could be that you didn’t add the full 3 tablespoons of flour. The flour acts as a thickener. It’s also essential to chill the pie before slicing.

How To Serve

You can eat this pie warm, room temperature, or chilled. I think it tastes best straight from the refrigerator, especially when the weather is warm. Then it is cool and creamy and oh so delicious.

How To Store

It should be refrigerated. Wrap it well and it will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days. It will weep some. This is normal.

Can it be frozen? Yes, this pie can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Old-fashioned Buttermilk Pie

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Old-fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk pie is super sweet with a little tang. Such an easy pie to make!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 50 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked


  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar.
  • Whisk in remaining ingredients until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared pie crust.
  • Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: pie, Thanksgiving

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105 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie”

  1. Turned out delicious. Didn’t wanna share, but I did. Great old fashion buttermilk pie recipe. Thanks

  2. Looks delicious can’t wait to make it this thanksgiving. Was wondering if I need to do anything different since I’m at a higher altitude?

  3. Jamie LeJeune

    What kind of pan do you bake this in, metal or glass? Just wondering what the temps are set for

    1. the un baked pie shell comes in a tin pan .. after cooke spoon out in a mug add ice cream Carmel sauce and chopped nut …omg your welcome

    2. I made this for my brother. He was skeptical based on the name. He is not a dessert person. But he loved this pie so much he had a second piece. Served it cold with whipped cream. Yum!! My brother just said to change the name to milk butter pie.

  4. I love this simple recipe! I made it dairy free by subbing 1 cup oat milk with 1 tbsp lemon for the buttermilk. You can barely tell the difference and it didn’t alter the texture.

      1. I did too!!! I put it out in the garage to cool and forgot about it. Pie was in the oven for 2 min when I remembered, so I poured it back in the mixing bowl and added the butter! 😳 Still in the oven- fingers crossed! 😊

      2. I read all these comments and thought, “How on earth do you forget butter?” Then I had my custard ready to pour and realized I had left out the butter!! 🤣

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