Southern Buttermilk Pie

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Southern Buttermilk Pie is an easy baked dessert with rustic charm. This old fashioned pie recipe is plenty sweet with a little citrus twang.

Southern Buttermilk Pie on a plate

Southern Buttermilk Pie

If you’ve never tried Buttermilk Pie before, you’re missing out! There’s all sorts of delicious pie recipes out there- apple pie, pumpkin pie, cream pie- but Southern Buttermilk Pie rarely seems to come up. Frankly, I’m kind of upset- this delicious Southern pie recipe is almost like a rustic, country creme brulee!

Overhead of Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

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Like creme brulee, our Buttermilk Pie recipe here hinges on eggs, sugar, and dairy. Instead of a heavy cream, however, this pie uses buttermilk, which- with some added lemon juice- gives the whole thing a delicious citrus twang. Add in a little bit of vanilla extract and a subtle touch of nutmeg and you’ve got an amazing, well-rounded dessert that’s certain to please!

Slice of buttermilk pie on a server

Pies are some of our favorite desserts here on the site- we have tons! If you enjoyed this Southern Buttermilk Pie, here’s a few more you may enjoy. Check them out!
  • Easy Banana Cream Pie couldn’t be simpler to make! A store-bought pie crust, some banana pudding mix, some cool whip, and some bananas are all you need to make this delicious spring-time pie. This will be the perfect holiday dessert to enjoy on Easter!
  • Traditional Lemon Meringue Pie sounds difficult to make but, I can assure you, it’s much easier than you’d expect. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll find that this pie tastes perfect- the right amount of citrus and sweet flavors! Don’t worry- we’ll help you through the process and you’ll have your perfect pie in no time.
  • We love our Coconut Cream Pie recipe! We packed it with plenty of coconut flavor- coconut extract in the whipped topping, and that toasted coconut topping? It’s perfect!

Text on image Southern Buttermilk Pie

We hope you try out all of these delicious pie recipes. Our old fashioned Buttermilk Pie recipe here, especially, we think will be real favorite if served at a party or dinner. Bake one up tonight!

Text on image Southern Buttermilk Pie

Ingredients for Old Fashioned Pie

  • Pie Crust – This recipe is for a 9-inch pie crust. Use store-bought or Homemade Pie Crust.
  • Eggs – We used 2 whole eggs and 1 yolk.
  • Sugar
  • Buttermilk
  • Butter, melted
  • Flour
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Lemon Juice
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt

Ingredients to make pie

How to make our Southern Pie Recipe

Start this recipe off by getting our pie filling made. For that, first crack your eggs into a mixing bowl with your granulated sugar. Whisk those together until mixed.

Eggs and sugar inn a bowl with whisk

Once those you’ve mixed those, you can start adding all your other ingredients. Whisk all those together until you get a consistent pie filling.

Additional ingredients added to egg mixture

Before we get our filling poured into our pie crust, we need to give it a quick docking first. To do that, just give it a thorough poking with a fork, making all sorts of tiny holes in the bottom of the crust.

Fork docking pie crust

After you’ve docked your crust, you can start pouring in your pie filling. Fill your pie crust generously and maybe give it a few taps on the counter to knock any air bubbles out.

Buttermilk mixture added to pie crust

All that’s left is to get our pie baked. For that, we’re going to first bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. After that, knock the temperature down to 350 degrees and let it cook until the top has browned and it no longer jiggles when shaken. This should take around 45 minutes, but keep an eye on it! Once it’s finished baking, turn off the oven, and allow to slowly come down in temperature. 

Fork with buttermilk pie

5 from 1 vote

Southern Buttermilk Pie

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Southern Buttermilk Pie is an easy baked dessert with rustic charm. This old fashioned pie recipe is plenty sweet with a little citrus twang.
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 Pie Crust
  • 2 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Butter melted
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • pinch of Salt


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Whisk together eggs, egg yolk and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Add buttermilk, better, flour, vanilla, lemon juice, nutmeg and salt.
  • Whisk until well blended.
  • Dock bottom of crust by poking holes in crust.
  • Pour mixture into prepared crust.
  • Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce temperature to 350.
  • Bake until top is browned and pie is set, about 45 minutes.


Calories: 401kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 237mg, Potassium: 76mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 496IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Look delicious and nutritious. I your recipe. It works. I had a really good meal. It took me a long time to cook, but the results were great. Thanks for your useful article.