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Old-Time Buttermilk Pie Recipe

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This recipe is older than I am...and I was born in 1919! My mother and grandmother made this pie with buttermilk and eggs from our farm and set it on the tables at church meetings and social gatherings. I did the same and now our children make it, too! —Kate Mathews, Shreveport, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 446 calories, 21 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 111 mg cholesterol, 383 mg sodium, 59 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening until smooth. Gradually add milk and egg and mix well. On a floured surface, roll dough out very thin. Place in a 10-in. pie pan; set aside.
  2. For filling, cream butter and sugar in a bowl. Add flour. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into crust.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Old-Time Buttermilk Pie in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p83

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Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"My kids love buttermilk pie. They however did not care for this version which was flavored too strongly with lemon"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"This pie is excellent! I have used many different recipes over the years and this one is our favorite. I reduced the butter by half and put it in custard cups to bake. A lower fat treat and equally delicious! Thanks for the recipe."

Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"I used to make this pie years ago when in high school. I found this recipe and it is delicious! Will definitely become a regular in my pie baking."

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"We are HUGE buttermilk pie lovers! This recipe was fantastic...only modification I made was to lessen the amount of sugar to 1.5 cups. Didn't affect the outcome in any way! DELICIOUS and recommended to anyone who wants a simple yet decadent dessert!"

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2008

"My husband loves this pie."

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