This Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie is a true southern staple dessert, and every bite tastes just like a sweet Sunday afternoon.
Ever since I can remember, I can recall a buttermilk pie sitting on the dessert table somewhere during a church event. The sweet older ladies in my church make some of the best pies in the world – often made from recipes handed down for generations. Buttermilk pie has a pretty long history in our country, as it was a pie that could easily be made with very inexpensive pantry staples, such as buttermilk and eggs. When fruit was hard to get or out of season, you could always count on a buttermilk pie.
One of my favorite things about buttermilk pie is it’s texture and consistency. In my opinion, it’s almost like a cross between a chess pie and an egg custard pie. My Grandmama made a mean chess pie, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world to make. Sometimes you have to pray extra hard over the ingredients to get them to set properly in a chess pie, but a buttermilk pie is just about fool proof. Perhaps one day Grandmama’s chess pie will cooperate for me and will make an appearance here on Southern Made Simple, but for now – we can all just enjoy this simple southern delicacy.
Along with sweet potato pie and chess pie, this is one of my must-have desserts during Thanksgiving. It’s rich and needs no added toppings, but I’m a sucker for a dollop of cool whip on top of my pies every now and then. This recipe is one of the most simple pie recipes to make, and is a perfect starter dish for little ones to learn how to make. I have been slowly introducing recipes to my oldest daughter who is beginning to take an interest in cooking, and buttermilk pie is perfect for her. This is truly a “mix and pour” recipe, so any age level and skill set can make it!
Here’s a free printable version of this classic Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie if you’d like to give it a try!
Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 pie crust (9-in) unbaked
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Mix all ingredients together and pour into unbaked pie shell.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until pie is set and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean
- Top should be slightly crisp and golden brown
- Enjoy with a dollop of cool whip or a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Are you a fan of buttermilk pie? What are your favorite simple desserts to serve year round? Do you have a special connection or memory associated with Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie? Leave a comment below and share the love!
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