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Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie


Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie – Welcome to a slice of comfort with every bite! Today, I’m sharing a recipe. That is close to my heart. The Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie. This delightful dessert. Combines simple ingredients. Like buttermilk, eggs, and lemon juice. To create a pie. That’s creamy, tangy, and utterly irresistible. Perfect for family gatherings. Or a cozy night in. This pie will transport you back. To a simpler, sweeter time.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

The first time I made this Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie. Was on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I wanted to surprise my family. With a special treat. That wasn’t just delicious. But also filled with nostalgia. As the sweet aroma filled the kitchen. My husband couldn’t wait to have a slice. And my child’s eyes lit up. With the first bite. This pie not only became a family favorite. But also a lovely tradition. That we all look forward to.

What makes this Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie truly special?

What sets this Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie apart? First, it’s incredibly easy to make. With a prep time of just 5 minutes. Perfect for those last-minute dessert needs. Secondly, its rich history as a classic Southern dessert. Gives it a charm. That’s hard to find. In more modern recipes. The tanginess of the buttermilk. Paired with the subtle sweetness of vanilla. And lemon. Makes it a unique treat. For any occasion.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

What You Need To Make This Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie Recipe?

Pastry Crust: You can use a ready-made crust to save time. Or make your own for a personal touch.

Butter: Soften your butter before mixing. To make it easier to blend with the sugar. For a smooth filling.

Sugar: This balances the tanginess of the buttermilk. And helps the top of the pie get a nice golden color.

Flour: A little flour thickens your pie filling. So it’s firm and custardy.

Salt: Just a pinch enhances all the other flavors.

Eggs: Room temperature eggs blend more smoothly into the mix. Helping set the pie as it bakes.

Buttermilk: The key ingredient! It gives the pie its classic tangy flavor. Full-fat buttermilk works best. For a creamier taste.

Lemon Juice: Adds a hint of citrus. That complements the rich flavors.

Vanilla Extract: Provides a warm, deep flavor. To round out the sharpness of the buttermilk and lemon.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Steps To Make Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie:

Step 1: Start by creaming the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. This is your base for that silky pie texture. Next, blend in the flour and salt. Crack in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is well incorporated before adding the next. Now, pour in the buttermilk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Don’t worry if the mixture looks a little curdled – that’s perfectly normal!

Step 2: Pour this creamy mixture into your pastry-lined pie dish. I like to place my pie pan on a cookie sheet to catch any drips and to ensure even baking. Preheat your oven to 350°F and bake the pie for about 50-55 minutes. You’re looking for a beautiful golden top and a set center that jiggles just slightly.

Step 3: Once done, let the pie cool on a rack. Enjoy it at room temperature for that perfect buttermilk tang. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie


Shield the edges of your crust. Buttermilk pie has a longer baking time. Which can cause the edges of the pastry crust. To overbrown or even burn. Before the filling is properly set. To prevent this. Loosely cover the edges of the pie. With strips of aluminum foil. For the first 30-40 minutes of baking. Remove the foil. In the final 15 minutes. To allow the edges to achieve. A perfect golden hue. This ensures a beautifully baked crust. That complements the creamy filling. Without distracting from its flavor and texture.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use low-fat buttermilk in this recipe?

Yes. You can use low-fat buttermilk. Although full-fat buttermilk. Provides a richer flavor.

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

Wrap the pie in plastic wrap. Or aluminum foil. And refrigerate. It will stay fresh. For up to 4 days.

Can this pie be frozen? 

Yes! Wrap the pie well. And freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie
Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

This Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie recipe. Is a heartwarming nod. To simpler times. Blending the rich tang of buttermilk. With the sweetness of vanilla. And a touch of lemon. All nestled in a flaky crust. It’s the type of dessert. That fills the kitchen. With a comforting aroma. And gathers everyone around the table. Eagerly awaiting a slice. Each bite offers a creamy. Melt-in-your-mouth texture. That transports you back. To fond memories. And cozy afternoons. Ideal for sharing with loved ones.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8


  • 1 9- inch pastry crust
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Mix Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Add Dry Ingredients and Eggs: Blend in the flour and salt. Then, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition to ensure they are fully incorporated.
  • Mix in Liquids: Stir in the buttermilk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Don’t worry if the mixture looks a bit curdled; this is normal.
  • Prepare the Pie Crust: Pour the filling into your 9-inch pie crust. If you’re using a shallow pie dish, make sure not to overfill.
  • Bake: Place the pie on a cookie sheet (to catch any spills) and bake in the preheated oven for 50-55 minutes. The pie is done when the top is golden brown and the filling is set but still slightly jiggly in the center.
  • Cool: Allow the pie to cool on a rack until it reaches room temperature. This helps the filling set properly.
  • Serve: Slice and serve the pie at room temperature, or chill it in the fridge if you prefer it cold.


To make this Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie gluten-free. Simply substitute the regular pastry crust. And all-purpose flour with gluten-free alternatives. You can find gluten-free pastry crusts. At most grocery stores. Or make your own. Using a mix of gluten-free flours. Like rice and almond flour. Also, replace the all-purpose flour in the filling. With a gluten-free flour blend. That includes xanthan gum. Which mimics the texture. And the elasticity of gluten. This swap allows you. To enjoy the same delicious, tangy, and creamy pie. Tailored to meet your gluten-free dietary needs.
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