Classic Buttermilk Pie Recipe

If you’re looking for a deliciously creamy and slightly tangy dessert that’s easy to make, look no further than Buttermilk Pie. This Southern classic is a delightful combination of sweet and tangy flavors encased in a flaky pie crust. Follow this simple recipe to create a homemade Buttermilk Pie that will impress your friends and family.


  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust


1. Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the pie crust in a 9-inch pie dish and set it aside.

2. Cream Together Sugar and Butter

In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. This should take about 2-3 minutes.

3. Add Eggs and Flour

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then, mix in the tablespoon of all-purpose flour until fully combined.

4. Incorporate Buttermilk and Flavorings

Pour in the buttermilk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest (if using). Mix until the filling is smooth and all the ingredients are well incorporated.

5. Pour into Pie Crust

Carefully pour the buttermilk mixture into the prepared pie crust.

6. Bake

Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and the center is set. You can test the pie’s doneness by inserting a knife into the center; it should come out clean when it’s done.

7. Cool and Serve

Once baked, remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. As it cools, the pie will set further. Serve slices at room temperature, and you can add a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness.

Enjoy your homemade Buttermilk Pie!


  • If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of regular milk. Let it sit for a few minutes before using.
  • For an extra twist, you can add a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon to the filling mixture for a subtle spice flavor.
  • Store any leftover pie in the refrigerator, and it should stay fresh for a few days.

Buttermilk Pie is a timeless dessert that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering. Its smooth, custard-like filling with a hint of tanginess from the buttermilk makes it a unique and irresistible treat. Give this recipe a try, and you’ll have a new favorite dessert in your repertoire. Enjoy!

Please note that baking times may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on your pie as it bakes to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Happy baking!

  1. Deborah Sherman

    September 13, 2023 at 11:35 pm

    Looks good going to try it tomorrow.

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