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 piece: 446 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g 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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chefmd User ID: 6661215 15204
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

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

mmdoll User ID: 6107827 20857
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."

nana4jazandnay User ID: 3393513 42790
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."

mijnsnoeptje User ID: 4644666 202153
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!"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 45490
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2008

"My husband loves this pie."

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