Tangy, velvety custard, and a crackly, crisp sugar top make this Buttermilk Pie irresistible. It’s a Southern classic and so simple to make.

Buttermilk Pie – a Southern Classic

Course Dessert
Cuisine Comfort Food, Southern
Keyword Buttermilk, Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 357kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 9-inch frozen pie crust in foil tin thawed but still cool
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar divided
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs + 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup buttermilk anything but nonfat
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • freshly whipped cream for serving (optional)


  • Move oven rack to middle position, and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  • Place thawed pie crust on baking sheet, set aside.
  • Beat together butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add flour, salt, and eggs, and mix until well combined, about 1 minute. Add buttermilk, vinegar, and vanilla, and mix until incorporated.
  • * (See Notes) Pour filling into pie shell, and carefully move sheet pan with pie on top to the oven (be careful, the pie will be very full with the filling!).
  • Bake for 10 minutes, then sprinkle remaining 1 Tablespoon of sugar over pie. Return to oven and bake another 50-55 minutes, or until pie is golden brown and it giggles slightly when shaken. Move pie to oven rack to cool for 30 minutes, and then chill in refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Serve with freshly whipped cream (optional).


*The pie shell will be filled to the brim once the filling is poured into it. I suggest you rest the baking sheet with the pie shell on top of it on the oven rack, and then pour the filling in. This will prevent the buttermilk pie filling from spilling out! Trust me, I know from experience!


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.1mg