Buttermilk Pie

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Buttermilk pie is an easy classic dessert made with simple pantry ingredients!  The result is a deliciously comforting custard pie with a slightly caramelized topping.  This pie will be one your family will request over and over!

A slice of buttermilk pie

This pie is amazing.  It’s pure classic comfort…  a vanilla flavored custard type pie with a slightly caramelized top. You don’t need a lot of fancy ingredients to create something amazing and you’ll likely have everything you need on hand for this dessert.

I have an old box of vintage recipes loaded with tons of classic desserts and meals.  I could literally spend an entire day just reading through them all!  Some of them I just look at and laugh (tuna jelly mold salad …. umm, I’ll pass thanks) but I’ve found some pretty incredible recipes hidden in there like Watergate Cookies!

Buttermilk pie recipe card with eggs

I personally LOVE buttermilk as an ingredient in baking and in fresh recipes like homemade ranch dressing so I knew this recipe was one I had to make!After a couple of tests and a few little tweaks, I feel like this is literally the most perfect pie.

Buttermilk pie in a pie plate

I use a store bought pie crust making this extra quick, it’s ready to go in the oven in under 10 minutes! It’s going to be a family recipe I’ll make often because it’s easy and everyone absolutely LOVED it!

Buttermilk pie with a bite gone
4.91 from 21 votes
Review Recipe

Buttermilk Pie

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Holly Nilsson
Buttermilk pie is an easy classic dessert made with simple pantry ingredients! The result is a deliciously comforting custard pie with a slightly caramelized topping. This pie will be one your family will request over and over!


  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 9 inch unbaked pie crust

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • LIne a 9″ pie plate with a single pie crust (store bought or homemade).
  • Beat eggs until foamy. Beat in butter, flour and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared crust and bake for 45-55 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 400, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 243mg, Potassium: 83mg, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 495IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword buttermilk pie
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Recipe Adapted from Vintage Jeff Davis Pie
(as photographed) and Buttermilk Pie

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  1. Followed the recipe exactly and used real raw buttermilk – came out PERFECT! It was a hit at a dinner party and was fun to serve something unique. Absolutely love this Buttermilk Pie recipe!5 stars

  2. This pie was amazing.. I was cruising Pinterest and came across recipe and had all the ingredients.. gave it a try and WOW! Never even heard of buttermilk pie until now and I have told a million people since making it.

  3. I have used several of your recipes I find them very good I tend to look for your recipe when searching the internet. Thank you for always having a great recipe to go to.

    1. I’ve never made this with homemade buttermilk, so can’t say for sure. If it is similar in texture to the store bought type, it may work. Enjoy Lily!

    1. I haven’t tried it with a graham crust, the filling might be a bit wet for it. Let us know how it goes if you do try it.

  4. This was so good!  But I omitted the lemon juice. There’s no need to add it if using buttermilk as it was only added to the vintage recipe to sour the regular milk. The lemon juice could further sour/curdle the buttermilk. Otherwise, perfection!4 stars

  5. OMG!!!!! I’ve looked for this recipe for so many years, it was one of my Grandmothers “Secret” recipe’s she would make for “All Her Babe’s” when we didn’t expect it.
    All she would tell us is “it’s my Jeff Davis ” pie I made Just for You!”
    I love this Pie!!! And can’t wait to make and remake.
    Thanks so much for a Loving Memory and A Belly Full.5 stars

  6. Jefferson Davis Pie. Jefferson Davis Pie, a variation of the Southern Chess Pie, is one of the most rich and decadent pies you will ever eat. It is made up of dates, raisins, and pecans, spices, and an insanely creamy custard. If you remember your history, Jefferson Davis was the first President of the Confederacy.A4 stars

  7. Hi – I just made this and it came out *really* buttery. Like, I found myself wondering if I put in too much butter, since it was oozing out of the top, but I double-checked and I didn’t. I had to take a bunch of paper towels and use them to absorb the butter off of the top, like you might with a pizza. What did I do wrong?

  8. Over the holidays, I made fresh bread and homemade butter as gifts for neighbors. As a result, I had a bunch of fresh buttermilk…this pie fit the bill perfectly. Smooth and velvety, with homemade fresh taste. And my neighbors think I’m a culinary genius. Shhhh…don’t tell them.5 stars

    1. I have only tried this as written. I do think that you could either omit the nutmeg, or try cinnamon as a substitute. I think it would still be delicious. If you try making the recipe without nutmeg, please let us know how it works out for you!

  9. Turned out picture perfect. I didn’t care for the lemon juice, Taste good.
    Will leave out next time I make it.

  10. Does anyone know if I use unbleached flour instead of all purpose flour would there be a difference? Thanks 

  11. Has anyone tried making this without the crust? Odd question, I know, but I have family members that hate pie crust and I have adapted a few recipes to make it work. Thanks. This does sound delicious.

  12. Your pie looks more solid and firm than mine was. Ours was tasty, but more custard like (closer to pumpkin pie). I baked for an hour and a clean toothpick inserted. I wonder if there are any hints?!

    1. Did you chill your pie well before serving? I chilled my pie in the refrigerator before serving which helps it to firm up.

  13. I love baki g pies especially these. It reminds me of baking with my Grandpa.He was a chef.in the Navy and came home and opened a Cafe.

  14. Holly, I too have an old family recipe box with three to four generations of recipes? It can be a challenge sometimes. I will have to try your Buttermilk Pie next to my Cottage Cheese Pie. After the Holidays will let you know the difference, if anything. Love your site, Thanks!

  15. I love buttermilk pie! I recently made a sweet cream pie and I know I would love yours! And I would kill for a vintage recipe box! My grandma never wrote anything down :( Happy Thanksgiving to you guys!

    1. Thank you! I’m definitely going to have to check out your sweet cream pie! My neighbor requested this as his birthday cake this year! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!