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Buttermilk Pie

Often times I think we over look simple old fashioned desserts.

Desserts today tend to be full of ingredients and are often complicated. And although they are very good, they often contain many steps and ingredients that we do not normally keep on hand.

This pie I am sharing today is a simple and inexpensive pie to make. It contains regular ingredients that most of us have. And it is so good!

I normally do not like the taste of buttermilk on its own. I usually prefer it in things like pancakes and waffles where I can not really taste the buttermilk. My husband and his family on the other hand can drink it by the glassful. They love it.

With a name like buttermilk pie you would think that this pie would have a strong buttermilk flavor, but it does not. The buttermilk in this gives it a nice creamy texture without giving it a strong buttermilk taste.

I have tried many buttermilk pies over the years and this recipe is my favorite.

It is adapted from a recipe I found in Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible and we loved it. Paula did a great job on coming up with the perfect recipe for this old fashioned dessert. And I love her new cookbook. If you know a Paula Deen fan this cookbook would be the perfect gift.

And not only that, this pie is a perfect pie for the holidays!

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  1. This is the first time I have seen this recipe anywhere on the internet! It is my best friends favorite…and I finally happened to locate the recipe in some small southern cookbook I found. So, I randomly make it for her as a surprise as she doesn’t cook much…It is simple and yet delicious….

    Thanks for posting this one, it is a bit different so I will try it also..

    Have to say I do love your site…We have reason to believe that our family should go GF, but I am so hesitant due to our very limited budget for groceries and the fact that there are 8 of us. But with cases of ADHD, ADD, ODD and learning disabilities I think I may haave too…What a leap and I am not even sure where to start. Love your site and have learned a lot.

    Thank you so very much for all the work you put into everything.

    alizabeth from Iowa!

    • alizabeth,
      I am not sure why people think that gluten free and/or dairy free is more costly than eating ‘whatever’.
      We are gluten free and dairy free and it really does not cost more. You can eat fruits, veggies and meat without adding stuff to them. What ends up costing a lot of $ is prepackaged gluten free/dairy free garbage food. You can make a big batch of gluten free cookies to send to school with kids in lunches (1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, mix and spoon into pan or roll into balls, bake 350 for 8-10 min.)
      Look at your local library (or inter-library loan) and get some gluten free cookbooks, I live by Carol Fenster’s 1,000 gluten free recipes.)
      Head to Aldi’s if you have one near by and get some fruits, veggies and meats, you can buy any McCormick spice (single spice) they are gluten free and season your meat with that. Also checkout all her recipes are gluten free and easy. Good luck.

  2. I’m so glad you posted this recipe. I had never heard of buttermilk pie until recently and have been really interested in trying it. Since you did all the hard work of finding the perfect buttermilk pie recipe I better hurry up and try it out 🙂

  3. Why the 1/8 tsp sugar?

  4. Did you mean to put 1/8 teaspoon of salt instead of sugar? I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

  5. Lynn,
    Do you think that Almond Milk that has lemon juice added would work instead of the buttermilk?
    Thanks again for another great looking recipe!

    • I am not sure on the almond milk. This has a baked custard like texture, so if you have used almond milk in a custard/pudding type dish before, I would say give it a try and see if it works. I would love to hear how it is if you try it.

  6. This is also known as a chess pie, correct?
    We had this when we lived in southeastern Virginia & it became one of my husband’s favorites. I made something similar for Thanksgiving – at his request. I will have to try your recipe too.

  7. Hi! My husband and I moved to the south a couple of years ago and prior to this anytime I heard “buttermilk pie” I thought to myself, eww! Well one day instead of a piece of pecan pie I had ordered they brought me, yes, some buttermilk pie accidentally… I went ahead and tried it and now I am just a wee bit in love haha! Actually so much so I have to try and make my own. Your recipe looks great, I just have one question, I recently have gone gluten & grain free free and I have an excellent pie crust recipe but was curious as far as the filling goes, do you think I could sub the cornstarch for tapioca flour or arrowroot flour? Thanks so much!!!

  8. does this pie freeze well?

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