Southern Buttermilk Pie

Southern Buttermilk Pie

I always say that as a New York-er living down here in the south I feel right at home.  I love the heat and I am even getting used to the humidity.   Weekends by the pool and grilling year round will never get old.  Collard greens and fried okra seem like long-lost friends even though we really just met.  Ok, so I have only made collard greens once but I order them in restaurants any chance I get.  I think my biscuits are pretty darn good, too.

This Buttermilk Pie is a great example of southern cooking.  Not overly complicated by any means, but it tastes as good as any pie you will ever sink a fork into.  With some fresh whipped cream and strawberries on top you will think you are in heaven.  Heck, you don’t even need the toppings for this pie – it is that good.

I decreased the amount of lemon juice in this recipe because one of the other reviewers said it tasted more like a lemon pie and not buttermilk.  I definitely wanted more of a custard flavor for this one so I am glad I cut back.

Here are some other classic southern recipes to try as well!

Buttermilk Biscuits

Pressure Cooker Green Beans

Buttermilk Sauce

Pimento Cheese


Source: Southern Living

Southern Buttermilk Pie
  • 1 pie crust
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon loosely packed lemon zest
  • 1-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I used 1 tablespoon as I didn't want this to be too lemony)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Whisk together the sugar and flour in a large bowl. Whisk eggs and next 5 ingredients into flour mixture. Pour into an uncooked pie crust.
  3. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until almost set, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool 1 hour.



  1. Even being from the south I’ve actually never had buttermilk pie. I definitely need to try it sometime!

  2. Your post gave me a big smile. From all the southern food you enjoy, people would never know you didn’t grow up in the south. I did and I haven’t ever had buttermilk pie but I have heard of it. Yours certainly does look delicious.

  3. This is a new one for me! It sounds and looks delicious! I love the tang of buttermilk in baked goods.

  4. classic. this is awesome, becki, a true favorite in our house!

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