Buttermilk Pie

When I was growing up, I didn’t even like the concept of buttermilk.  I thought the thick, sour liquid should remain in the carton it was stored in.  So, the first time I heard of Buttermilk Pie, I was a little more than apprehensive about trying it.  A couple family members swore to me that the pie was really good and although they seemed very sincere, I just couldn’t do it.  Months later, when I eventually let my guard down and tried Buttermilk Pie, I was hooked.  It was not at all what I expected.

The custard was sweet with a flavor enhanced beautifully by the buttermilk.  Now who would ever think that buttermilk could make a dish taste better?  There are several variations of this Southern favorite.

The basic recipe uses eggs, sugar, butter, flour and vanilla flavoring.  I prefer to go the extra mile and add cinnamon, lemon zest and a splash of lemon juice to mine.  It makes a huge difference in flavor.  I also prefer to eat it cold.  Somehow, it seems to improve both the flavor and texture.

I’ve learned over the years through my cooking journey that buttermilk works wonders as a key ingredient in some of my favorite baked goods like pancakes, biscuits, corn bread, and even Red Velvet Cake. It’s also used widely as a marinade for chicken before frying.

Because I took a chance and tried Buttermilk Pie, I’m willing to try the ingredient in just about anything now. I saw a recipe for ice cream with buttermilk in it recently. I’m so going to make some.

If you’re apprehensive like I was, let your guard down and give a shot just once. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

And if you decide that you want to bake one yourself…

Here’s my recipe.


3 eggs
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon + 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs until frothy. Add butter, sugar and flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in buttermilk, vanilla flavoring, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Pour into pie shell. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until center is firm.

This post was inspired by Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop.  The prompt I chose this week was:  5.) Watcha’ cookin? Share a recipe.

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I am a born and raised Georgia Peach, lover of Food and how it brings people together, a woman of Faith and die-hard Inspiration sponge.

22 thoughts on “Buttermilk Pie

  1. SuzRocks

    Yummy- that looks pretty good! I’ll have to give it to my mom (who is the pie baker around here) I’m pretty sure I’d screw it up.


    1. Teresa

      I hope you mom bakes one. I’m sure she’ll enjoy it!


  2. Sandy

    Buttermilk always made me gag when I was little. My dad would drink it a lot. Yuck ! But this looks really good!


  3. Kristi

    This looks delicious…may have to try it out! 🙂
    Thanks for the nice comment and for stopping by my blog. It’s so great to “meet” other women out in Blogland.
    Have a blessed day!


    1. Teresa

      Looking forward to seeing you around the blogosphere Kristi. Enjoy the weekend!


  4. Dawn

    Yum!! This sounds awesome. Gotta try it. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


  5. cakeologist

    When I was little I used to drink buttermilk by the glass! I love to cook with it, but now I can’t imagine even drinking a spoonful of it. Pie looks yummy – thanks for the recipe!


    1. Teresa

      Enjoy the recipe Cakeologist!


  6. Danielle

    This looks really good! It reminds me of a pie that my husband really loves called Chess Pie.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Teresa

      Danielle, it’s very similar to a Chess Pie. I actually tried a Lemon Coconut Chess pie at a local bakery which was amazing.


  7. Mrs. Jen B

    You just brought back the most vivid memory of being in my Babci’s kitchen and trying buttermilk. I pretty much spit it out all over the place, and she just laughed. It was so gross. But now I like buttermilk in so many things. I’d still never drink it, though.

    Stopping by from Mama Kat’s!


  8. Amy @ Never-True Tales

    Oh my gosh that looks heavenly! Stopping by from MamaKat’s!


  9. Mama Kelly aka Jia

    I don;t bake pie often, and I’ve never even tried Buttermilk Pie, but this looks really yummy!


  10. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    This sounds wonderful!

    I’d love to have you share this recipe with Sweet Tooth Friday! http://alli-n-son.com/2011/02/24/cream-cheese-brownies/


  11. LBDDiaries

    My eye was caught by your title in SITS comment section – I had totally forgotten about this pie – and when I saw the title, I was hoping this was that recipe – it is! I’m so glad you shared and I can’t want to try the recipe again. it’s been years since I tasted this yummy sweet custardy pie!


  12. Gone Bananas

    *Wipes drool* That looks fab and I LOVE that you have a red kitchenaid! Thanks for playing along! 🙂


  13. NancyC

    I’ve never made a buttermilk pie, but have been wanting to try one–this sounds really good!


  14. Run DMT

    WOW. That looks incredible and sounds so good! My DH is the resident pie expert. I’m going to have to show him this so he can have a go at it.

    Thanks for playing along and linking up for our Friday Food Fight! Thanks for the shout out too on your blog. You ROCK!


  15. Amy

    Wow, your buttermilk pie looks and sounds delicious. The indside seems very moist and the top crust is beautifully golden brown! Thanks for sharing your southern recipe. BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog with your sweet comment. I really appreciate it.



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