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Buttermilk Pie


Years ago a friend came for dinner and brought a buttermilk pie from a cafe in College Station, Texas. We were hooked, but who knew how to make one? Internet search was not yet so available, so the only choice was to ask for the recipe on the next visit to the cafe. The recipe, as it turned out, came from a simple source: the side of a Borden’s buttermilk carton. Hey, that worked for me. I’ve been making buttermilk pie ever since, and it continues to be a favorite among family and friends. One thing’s for certain, there’s never a piece left, and that’s too bad because I always think about having a slice for breakfast!

buttermilk pieButtermilk Pie

1/2 c. butter, softened

1 1/2 c. sugar

3 T. flour

3 eggs

1 c. buttermilk

1 t. vanilla

9″ unbaked pie crust

Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer. Gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition. Add flour, beat until smooth. Add eggs, beat until blended. Add buttermilk and vanilla, mix well. Pour into unbaked pie crust and bake at 400 for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for additional 45 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then chill.

Though it’s yummy as is, I sometimes add lemon zest or some lemon juice which makes it even better. Simple enough, huhn? This is a pie you’ll want to try as it is always a crowd pleaser.

This recipe is shared on Foodie Friday, Sweet Tooth Friday and Friday Firsts.

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31 thoughts on “Buttermilk Pie

    1. Instead of lemon extract or lemon juice, try the zest of a lemon. I also add 1/8 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg and I use only 1 1/2 cups sugar. Two cups makes it too sweet for my taste. Buttermilk Pie is one of our favorites!!

  1. Buttermilk pie, huh? Never heard of it ’til yesterday’s post and promise of recipe. Anything that contains butter sugar and flour is OK in my book. And I love recipes from the sides of boxes, cans, cartons…..

  2. Oh that looks so good Linda! I just ate leftover broccoli I found in the fridge and am plugging away at the pile of paperwork at the Inn. I thought the broccoli satisfied me… until I saw your photo of the pie. It looks delicious!

  3. My mom made the best buttermilk pie EVER. I’m going to dig out her recipe and compare. She also made chess pie which is another old favorite that you don’t hear too much about. Have you ever tried chess pie?

    1. Linda, that looks wonderful!!! I’m going to try that as soon as we get to our home in NC (leaving tomorrow). By the way, you cap is gorgeous…did you weave that? What a multi-talented woman you are!!!

  4. Linda, I always think that the best recipes are found on food cans, boxes, etc. This looks and sounds so delicious. I’ve never had buttermilk pie, but I’m definitely going to mark this recipe to try. Thanks for sharing it. laurie

    1. Buttermilk or Chess, which to make? I think I like the tang of buttermilk best. with either it’s easy to add pecans, coconut, cocoa, pineapple etc. to make semi faux pies. We are having butterflied fried shrimp, cheese grits and buttermilk pie for supper tonight.

      By the way, didn’t you always sneak the last piece of Mother’s chess pie out of the icebox?

  5. I just bought some buttermilk this week to make pancakes…I think I might try this instead!

    Best wishes and thanks for the recipe.
    Natasha.

  6. My buttermilk pie is my kids’ favorite! They request it at every holiday gathering. I’ll have to compare it to this recipe.

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