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Easy Buttermilk Pie Recipe #PiDay

An Easy Buttermilk Pie recipe that yields a sweet pudding like custard center like a chess pie with a crunchy top like creme brûlée in every bite!

Buttermilk pie recipe with custard center and crunchy top in pie tin

Today is Pi Day!  (3.14) so Im sharing an Easy Buttermilk Pie Recipe with you.  Ive gotten together with some of my other food writers who are also posting about pie today so you can be completely covered in any flavor of pie your heart may desire!

What is Pi Day?  Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same. The actual number of Pi is 3.14 and then a ton of other numbers, thus why it’s celebrated on 3/14.  In the food world, we’ve taken it to share any and all pies on this day! Isn’t that so much more fun than the mathematics of Pi Day?

My husband and I were in Minnesota last fall and this adorable diner called the Barn in Brainerd MN.  It had both the famous maid-rite sandwiches and 9 selections of pie on the menu.  One of their pies the day we were there was Buttermilk Pie.

I’d never heard of it, but they said it was their most popular pie so we gave it a try.  It was heavenly.  A beautiful custard center that was sweet, but the lemon in it made it balanced.  The top was almost crunchy.  The sugar in the pie caramelized when baking so it was like a creme brûlée on the top.  We devoured it and knew exactly why it was their most popular pie.

When I came home I found a buttermilk pie recipe in my Grandma Hyde’s recipe book. I don’t ever remember her making this pie, but she did live in the south so I’m sure that’s when she made it.  It’s so easy to make you can have it ready in 10 mins to go into the oven.

Southern Buttermilk Pie slice on a plate.

What is a buttermilk pie?

A buttermilk pie has origins in England, but typically today it is known as a southern recipe.  It has a custard center and is made with just a few ingredients.  Buttermilk gives the pie a unique tart like taste that balances out the sugar in the pie.

Are a Chess Pie and a Buttermilk Pie the same thing?

Often people think that they are.  A chess pie does have a custard center but this and other easy Buttermilk Pie Recipe’s do not have cornmeal that is needed to be called a Chess Pie.  (I’m thinking my next pie will be a Chess pie because adding cornmeal to a pie has to be amazing.  Thinking about the texture that adds to a pie sounds wonderful.)

Tips for making this  Easy Buttermilk Pie Recipe?

  • Bring to room temperature the butter and eggs so its easy to cream.
  • Do the pie in steps, first mix the eggs until frothy.
  • Add the butter, sugar and flour and mix until fluffy.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and make sure the filling is smooth.

Pour into a pie shell.  (Store-bought it fine, but if you want to make your own I have one here for the best homemade flaky pie crust!)Bake.Cool. (totally worth the waiting!!)

An Easy Buttermilk Pie recipe (in a pre-made crust if you want) that yields a sweet pudding like custard center like a chess pie with a crunchy top like creme brûlée in every bite!

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Yield: 6

Easy Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Close up of pudding like crust slice of an easy Buttermilk Pie

An Easy Buttermilk Pie recipe that yields a sweet pudding like custard with a crunchy top like creme brûlée in every bite! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes



  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In an eclectic mixing bowl, mix eggs until super frothy and bubbly.
  3. Add butter, flour and sugar and beat for 2-3 minutes until well combined and fluffy.
  4. Add buttermilk, lemon juice, vanilla and nutmeg until very smooth.
  5. Pour into the 9 inch pie tin.
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the center.
  7. Allow to cool completely (1 hour) before cutting.  If making ahead for use later or another day, allow to come to room temperature (3-4 hours.). Then place in the fridge, covered until ready to use.  Pie is good for 2-3 days.  


You can make your own piecrust recipe with the recipe from the Blueberry Thyme mini tarts here.  Just leave out the sugar in the recipe for the crust

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 505Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 329mgCarbohydrates: 60gSugar: 43gProtein: 6g

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Thelma Williams

Wednesday 16th of June 2021

Do I need a deep dish pie crust for this pie?

Michele Hall

Wednesday 16th of June 2021

A regular pie plate will work just fine! I'll add that to the instructions --- thank you!


Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Can you taste the lemon juice? I don’t like lemon flavored desserts. Can you leave it out?

Michele Hall

Monday 10th of May 2021

You don't taste the lemon juice at all, but it acts as an acid to balance the flavors--- I would suggest not leaving it out. ~m

Michaela Kenkel

Monday 14th of October 2019

This is the only recipe I will ever use for buttermilk pie!! It's taken me years to find a recipe I love, thank you!


Friday 2nd of November 2018

At one time did your Grandma Hyde live in Marietta, Ga.?


Sunday 4th of November 2018

Not that Im aware of... but she did live in many places like West Virginia, Texas and Michigan. ~m

Erin Vasicek

Tuesday 20th of March 2018

Funny cause I shared a chess pie for Pi Day! I actually don't think I've ever had a butttermilk pie and now want to fix that.

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