Appalachian Food

Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie
I had never tasted Buttermilk Pie before a cooking class at John C. Campbell Folk School, but I came away knowing the recipe would be one I would use again and again. Buttermilk Pie is considered a southern recipe.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour (all purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a 9 inch pie pastry

How to make buttermilk pie
Heat oven to 425 degrees and bake pie shell for 4 minutes-remove pie shell from oven. Decrease oven to 350 degrees.

Beat eggs and sugar together until thick

Recipe for buttermilk pie

While beating-add melted butter, flour, vanilla, buttermilk, and nutmeg.

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Pour mixture into pie shell, being careful not to over fill. Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes-or till pie is done.

After baking allow pie to chill in frig before serving.

If you’re looking for an easy quick pie to make, that’s really good, this is the one. The recipe goes to gather quickly and the taste is amazing.



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    May 7, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Tipper,
    I saw you reprise this on YouTube and decided to try it for our Mother’s Day gathering. I’m going to add in blueberries and see how it comes out. Looking forward to it!

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    May 2, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you Tipper. Saw your episode on buttermilk pie and just had to give it a whirl. I made three and they turned out fabulous. I spilled a bit of the last one going into the oven so needless to say I had some oven cleaning to do this morning but it was all worth it. The recipe’s been added to my collection.

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    August 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Shea-thank you for the comment! So glad you enjoyed the tunes : ) Chess pie doesnt typically call for buttermilk-at least not the recipes Ive seen and Ive never heard Buttermilk Pie called by any other name. I do hope you drop back by the Blind Pig often!! Have a great night!
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    August 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I arrived at your site for another reason…but I stayed for the music! Thanks…nice surprise.
    But…what I am really looking for is the original name for Buttermilk Pie. It was known as a fav of President Andrew Jackson. Is it Chess Pie?

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      May 2, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      Chess pie has cornmeal in the filling so I think it’s distinct from Buttermilk pie.

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    Ann Applegarth
    July 16, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Buttermilk pie is the most delicious thing in the world to my way of thinking! Take a look at the recipe in The Commonsense Kitchen cookbook — it uses some lemon extract in addition to the vanilla. I was on a diet once and got hungry for Buttermilk Pie so I decided to make it without a crust to cut a few calories. I called that “buttermilk pudding,” but it wasn’t as good as the
    whole pie — and I didn’t lose an ounce!

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    June 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    My son loves buttermilk pie and pecan pie… i cannot make a pecan pie,so i throw toasted pecans into my buttermilk pie and it is a major hit with him and everyone else…i also cut back on the sugar,sometimes cut it more by using splenda or the like.

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    May 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Sounds yummy! Does it have a cheesecake taste?

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    Cheryl Soehl
    May 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I have tried and tried to make buttermilk pie like my mama made, but never have got it just right. This recipe looks very close.
    One thing I do when I make it is to add just a little almond extract that’s my own personal touch. Not everyone likes it, but it goes well with the buttermilk.
    Thanks for sharing!!
    p.s. some folks make this with meringue on top, but I think it spoils the delicacy and subtlety of the pie.

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    susie swanson
    May 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I’ll make this one for the get together over Memorial Day..Thanks for the recipe..

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    Glenda Beall
    May 20, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I first heard of buttermilk pie when I moved to Hayesville and ate at the Country Cottage restaurant. At first I thought I’d not like anything with the name buttermilk pie, but now I have the same recipe they used and I’m sure it is much like yours, Tipper. I’ve made it many times and it is so good, I, too could eat the whole thing. So I don’t make pies anymore. I just don’t have enough self-discipline.

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    Judy Mincey
    May 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    My friend, Helen B., makes this for dinner on the grounds often. Her pies are always special. Folks check out the table looking for Helen’s pie dish. This is probably the most popular.

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    May 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Sounds wonderful doesn’t it. Will have to see if I can adjust it for diabetics before I can try it.
    God bless.

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    Madge @ The View From Right Here
    May 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Sounds delish..Love your shot! Sorry I been so quiet these last couple weeks, I’ve been really ill (now finally diagnosed with Whooping Cough even though I was immunized) and have had a very rough week.

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    Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits
    May 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Buttermilk Pie is one of our favorites. It is a Southern classic: easy to assemble and uses ingredients that you’re likely to have on hand. It’s very portable, too, and makes a great choice for potlucks and picnics.

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    Janet Smart
    May 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve never ate buttermilk pie before. It sure looks good, though.

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    May 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for the memory!
    My MIL use to make that for my late great FIL. Him and I could devour it in one sitting!
    I haven’t tasted it for years.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I’m going to try this one for a potluck next week. Thanks

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    Ed Ammons
    May 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I was only trying to elicit a response when I made my earlier comment about buttermilk in a recipe. I do love drinkable buttermilk but I do also love it as an ingredient especially in beeskits and cornbread. We keep it in the fridge most of the time. Since the real thing is not available due to government regulations, I think the lowfat kind it the closest (one certain brand which I will not advertise, but the container is green) to Mommy’s home churned. But even it is still light-years away. I checked and I have all the other ingredients except nutmeg (we have some but it is clumped up and nasty looking.) I even have a premade pie crust I had intended to make another of your cream cheese danishes. So when I go to the store ater while, I’ll get some nutmeg and I’ll be ready to give it a try. I hope it goes over as good as the Cream Cheese Danish. I’ll let you know.
    Bill Burnett-I assume you also have an aversion to yogurt and cheese which are also fermented milk products that are delicious as a stand alone food or as an ingredient in prepared dishes.
    My wife and son won’t drink buttermilk either but that’s OK. Leaves more for me!

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    May 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    This sounds like a great recipe. I want to make the Buttermilk Pie soon. Mama loves pies and I’m sure she will like this one, too. It sounds like custard pie. Dad liked custard pies very much. Thanks for the recipe. I like the fact it’s quick and easy to fix. That sounds like my kind of recipe.

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    May 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Tipper, looks delicious and I am definitely going to try it.

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    Paul Certo
    May 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Sounds like a custard pie, what’s not to like about custard? Mrs. Wanda just mentioned coconut cream pie this morning, so I may have to make this.Thanks for the recipe.

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    May 19, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I was just trying to decide whether or not I need to go into town today for groceries. Had just about decided I could wait a few more days. Now it seems I was wrong! 😉

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    Charles R. Perry, Sr.
    May 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

    There is absolutely no comparing today’s cultured buttermilk with the real buttermilk that I grew up with in the South. Whenever we had cornbread for supper, I would always save a slice or a piece that I broke off of the cake and before bed would crumble it up in a tall glass and pour fresh cold buttermilk over it. Nothing better. I have never tried the pie but it sounds good.

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    Dale Anderson
    May 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Another of one of my Mother]s favorite recipes. She was a fan and classmate of John Parrish. I think that I have all his books. Remember that Buttermilk Pie was featured in one of his articles.

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    May 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Copied it down. Got it saved. I can’t wait to try this!!!

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    Bill Burnett
    May 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I agree with B. Ruth, uttermilk is great in baking but I want my drinking milk before it sours. My Mom used to love Buttermilk and could make it look delicious but even though I have tried several times I cannot get it past my uvula without activating the gag reflex. However Buttermilk Pie is one of my favorite desserts. Go figure.

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    Pat in east TN
    May 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I’ve had buttermilk pie and like it. Easy to make puts it at the top of my list!

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    May 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Buttermilk pie is to die for! It’s sweet, creamy texture is so good in the mouth. Only one problem; I want to eat the whole thing!!!!

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    dolores barton
    May 19, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Something I need to try! Looks yummy!

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    May 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

    My friend made a buttermilk pie for a dinner we had at work. I had never tasted one before. It was delicious! I call my chocolate cake, homemade yogurt and bread-machine bread “Tipper Recipes”. Here goes another one that will likely be labeled in the favorite category.

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    Karen Larsen
    May 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I love buttermilk, so I would love this pie. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Ed Ammons
    May 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

    As a counterpoint to B. Ruth, I am a connoisseur to fine buttermilk. I would have to taste it before I put it in the recipe. If it is good buttermilk, I can’t force myself to waste it in a recipe. If it is not, I can’t force myself to eat the finished product knowing it was made with less than perfect buttermilk. So this is my quandary! How can I possibly make this recipe?

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    Uncle Al
    May 19, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Sure sounds like a good one to try. I wonder what the taste will be like? Perhaps a custard?

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    May 19, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Mike-it is similar to a Chess Pie-we made those too : )
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    May 19, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Haven’t baked one in a long time but agree that they are delicious. A slice would even go good with this cup of coffee for breakfast.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Tipper, I’ve never had Buttermilk Pie. I found a recipe for it in one of John Parish’s newspaper articles many years ago. I still have the article, I think, but never tried it. I saved it because it was so interesting.
    Will you make me one when I come visit next week.
    I wonder how different it may have been when made with raw, fresh buttermilk. I know that biscuits were wonderful made with the homegrown buttermilk and much better than any made with commercial pasteurized buttermilk.

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    Mike McLain
    May 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Looks good. Looks sort of like what we used to call Chess Pie when I was a kid, although I have no idea if it is even similar, not knowing the recipe for Chess Pie.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 19, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Buttermilk pie has been a “standard” dessert in our family for as long as I can remember. I learned the recipe “by heart” from my mother and Aunt Northa, and began making it when I was 14 and had to become ‘chief cook’ after my mother’s death. Only back then, there were no handy pastry shells from the grocery store; we made our own from scratch! We’ve passed the buttermilk pie recipe down in our family, and now my daughter and granddaughters know how to make it, too! We often have it in our Sunday evening get-together family meals–and nearly always at our big family reunions! A good dessert, and quick and easy to make!

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    B. Ruth
    May 19, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I can’t drink buttermilk, but I can eat just about anything with buttermilk in the I play cat and mouse with buttermilk….Cornbread, cake, salad dressings, etc..Sooo, I am sure that pie is for me….LOL
    Thanks Tipper, It almost looks like it has coconut in it…My coffee is even purring looking at that slice pie…yummm, LOL

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