Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie is an easy pie recipe that is rich, thick and has a sweet custard-like center. If you're expecting company soon, this buttermilk pie recipe is the best dessert to greet them with!
This pies is one of the easiest you’ll ever make. You simply add a quick custard filling to a prepared pie crust and bake for just under an hour! Doesn’t get more simple or easier than that.
What is Buttermilk Pie
Southern buttermilk pie has a custard filling that's smooth and sweet. The filling takes less than 5 minutes to mix up and is made of sugar, flour, eggs, butter, buttermilk, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Use a deep pie plate for this recipe so that your filling doesn't bubble over while cooking.
There are lots of variation of this pie that include things like vanilla, lemon, or nutmeg. My version is the traditional vanilla custard. You can add a dash of nutmeg to the top if you like. Directions on how to make this a lemon buttermilk pie are in the notes of the recipe.
- Single pie crust: I always make a double flakey pie crust (per the recipe) and make another pie that needs a single crust such as pumpkin pie or this Toll House Cookie pie. Might as well right?
- Sugar: this is granulated sugar and just adds the sweetness to the baked custard filling
- Flour: just a bit to help thicken the filling
- Eggs: these also help thicken the custard and add a great creamy texture
- Butter: this is added to the filling so help make it rich and creamy
- Buttermilk: the star of the show, this adds flavor, brightness, and great texture. If you have a little leftover buttermilk I highly recommend making this buttermilk biscuit recipe.
- Vanilla: this adds some flavor to the custard
How to make Buttermilk Pie
- Roll out your favorite pie crust (store bought or homemade)
- Place the pie crust in a deep pie plate.
- Crimp the edges of the crust.
- Mix up your simple buttermilk pie filling.
- Pour filling into crust.
- Bake until golden brown. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature.
This pie is best cold in my opinion but is also good at room temperature. I don't like it warm all that much but you might. There's lots of flexibility here. You can serve this creamy custard pie with a tangy flavor with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream but it's not a must.
Frequently Asked Questions
This pie is best served at room temperature but can be served warm or cold depending on your preferences. I prefer it cold out of the refrigerator! To store, let it cool for 2 hours after baking, cover it tightly with plastic wrap, and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.
No, if it's runny it probably hasn't cooked long enough. It will continue setting and thickening as it cools, which is why you want to give it a solid 2 hours to cool and properly set before cutting into it.
Buttermilk pie originated in England and has become a Southern staple in the United States. It's similar to a Chess Pie but is made without cornmeal or vinegar.
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Old fashioned buttermilk pie is an easy pie recipe that produces a rich, thick, sweet custard-like center when baked. If you're expecting company soon, this buttermilk pie recipe is the best dessert to greet them with!
- Single pie crust
- 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Prepare your pie crust, and place it in the bottom of a deep 9-inch pie plate.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, add sugar and flour, and whisk to combine.
- Add the eggs, and whisk to combine.
- Add the butter, buttermilk, vanilla, and pinch of salt, and whisk to combine.
- Pour the buttermilk mixture into the unbaked prepared pie crust, and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
- The center will be set when the pie is done.
- Remove from the oven, and let cool for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Or let cool, cover, and keep in the fridge until serving (I prefer this pie cold).
- You make add a lemon flavor to this by pie adding 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the pie filling before baking.
- I like this pie best cold. Let the pie cool for 2 hours, then cover tightly with plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
- This can be made 1 to 2 days ahead of time.
- New to working with buttermilk? Here's a whole post with more information about it!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
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This is such a delicious and simple Buttermilk Pie Recipe to bake for your family and guests, no matter the occasion. Happy pie making from my kitchen to yours!