Simple Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Buttermilk Pie is a classic Southern dessert known for its creamy, custard-like filling with a subtle tanginess from the buttermilk. This pie is simple to make and perfect for any occasion, from family dinners to holiday gatherings. With a rich, sweet flavor and a flaky crust, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.


  • 1 unbaked pie crust (9-inch)
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (melted and slightly cooled)
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional, for a slight spice)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare the Pie Crust:
    • If using a store-bought pie crust, follow the package instructions for preparing it.
    • If making your own, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and fit it into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim and crimp the edges as desired.
  3. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour until well combined.
  4. Combine Wet Ingredients:
    • In a separate large bowl, whisk the melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth and thoroughly mixed.
  5. Combine and Mix:
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, whisking constantly until the filling is smooth and well combined.
  6. Pour into Crust:
    • Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust. If desired, sprinkle the top lightly with ground nutmeg.
  7. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the filling is set and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. The top should be golden brown.
  8. Cool:
    • Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour. The filling will continue to set as it cools.
  9. Serve:
    • Serve at room temperature or chilled. Optionally, dust with powdered sugar or serve with a dollop of whipped cream for extra indulgence.

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