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Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Buttermilk pie is a traditional southern recipe that is easy to make and brings back the comforts of a time gone by.

Easy Desperation Pie

A slice of buttermilk pie on a plate.

Buttermilk pies are part of the desperation pies that stem from the depression era. People couldn’t get fresh fruit during certain times of the year, or certain ingredients and made these pies with what they had on hand instead.

Believe me, they are just as delicious as any pie I’ve eaten. And, this pie is honestly one of the easiest pies I’ve made yet.

You can read more about desperation pies at Taste of Home.

A slice of desperation buttermilk pie on a white plate.

What Is Buttermilk Pie?

Buttermilk pie is a southern traditional pie that is similar to chess pie. It has a bit of a different consistency than pudding pies because it’s denser.

The pies are easy to make and only take a few minutes to whip up and get into the oven.

More Pie Recipes

  • Coconut cream pie is a creamy, decadent pie that’s perfect for any occasion.
  • Chocolate chess pie has a similar texture to buttermilk pie and is loaded with chocolate flavor.
  • Lemon cream pie is a tart and tasty pie for the hot summer days.
  • Sweetened condensed milk chocolate pie has been a hit on the blog. It’s creamy, smooth, and full of sweetened condensed milk. And, it doesn’t get much better than that.
  • Pumpkin pie is the classic dessert that everyone loves around the holidays.
  • Pecan pie is another dessert that is always served around Thanksgiving. It’s easy to make and turns out delicious every time.
Buttermilk pie on a counter.

What Ingredients Do I Need For Southern Buttermilk Pie?

  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Butter, melted
  • Vanilla extract
  • Buttermilk
  • Salt
  • Pie crust

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How Do I Make Buttermilk Pie?

  1. Start by adding the flour and sugar to a large bowl and whisk together.
  2. Next, add the eggs to the bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the melted butter, vanilla extract, salt, and buttermilk and mix well.
  4. Pour the ingredients into a pie crust and bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Allow the pie to cool and set up for two hours before serving.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Flour and sugar in a clear glass bowl.

Add the sugar and the all-purpose flour to a large bowl. Whisk the two ingredients together.

Eggs, sugar, and flour in a clear glass bowl.

Next, add the eggs and mix well.

Pouring melted butter into a bowl with eggs and sugar.

Pour the melted butter into the bowl and mix.

Pouring vanilla extract into a bowl with buttermilk pie ingredients.

Next, pour the vanilla extract into the bowl.

Pouring buttermilk into a bowl with buttermilk pie ingredients.

Add the buttermilk to the bowl and mix well.

Buttermilk pie in an uncooked pie crust.

Pour the ingredients into the pie crust.

I place the pie crust on a cookie sheet covered in tin foil just in case it gets bumped or cooks over the side. That way, you don’t have a huge mess in the oven or on your pan.

A slice of buttermilk pie on a white plate with whipped topping.

Bake the pie at 350-degrees for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Let the pie set up and cool for at least two hours before serving.

TIP: use a pie shield toward the end of the baking process. I would say get it on there when you have about 15 minutes left. I almost burnt the edges of my pie crust.

If you don’t have a pie shield, use some tin foil instead.

A slice of buttermilk pie on a plate with whipped topping on top

Around the holidays I will keep a container of Cool Whip, or the generic brand in the refrigerator.

Then, you can pull it out and dollop a little bit on top for a tasty dessert. You can even sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon or nutmeg on top for a holiday feel.

Buttermilk Pie Recipe Card

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start creating! This is a fun pie and I think you’ll really love it.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your pie on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

A slice of buttermilk pie on a white plate with whipped topping.

Buttermilk Pie

Yield: 8 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Buttermilk pie is a traditional southern recipe that is easy to make and brings back the comforts of a time gone by.

Ingredients

  • 9-inch frozen pie crust
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour and sugar.
  4. Next, add the eggs and mix.
  5. Add the melted butter, salt, vanilla extract, and buttermilk and mix well.
  6. Place the pie crust onto the cookie sheet and pour the ingredients into the crust.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Allow the pie to set up and cool for two hours.


TIP: Add a pie shield the last 15 minutes of baking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 634Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 340mgCarbohydrates: 114gFiber: 1gSugar: 102gProtein: 5g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Find more delicious recipes at Julia’s Simply Southern, and South Your Mouth

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Vicky

Thursday 4th of February 2021

I love buttermilk pie, and I sometimes add grated lemon zest to it. A delicious twist.

Julie Pollitt

Friday 5th of February 2021

That sounds like a great addition!

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