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Old-Time Buttermilk Pie

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


8-10 servings

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


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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 446 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • chefmd
    Aug 5, 2014

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

  • mmdoll
    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
    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
    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
    Aug 15, 2008

    My husband loves this pie.