Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Easy as Pie

When it comes to pie, the possibilities are endless. From a sweet dessert enjoyed à la mode to a savory main dish served for dinner, no matter how you slice it, there’s a pie recipe to suit the occasion. We asked a local to share their go-to recipe when they’re craving a slice of homemade comfort. Making this delicious recipe is easy as pie!

Photos by Rich Smith


Buttermilk Pie

Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 graham cracker pie shells


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Beat eggs, sugar, flour, butter, vanilla, and salt.
  • Mix with a whisk thoroughly.
  • Blend in buttermilk.
  • Pour mixture into two 8-inch pie shells.
  • Bake for 45 minutes until pies are golden brown.
  • Check to make sure a toothpick comes out clean.
Keyword buttermilk pie, dessert, homemade pie, pie recipe

“This is not a complicated pie, but it is exactly what you want with a cup of coffee after a big, loud meal with people you love. Buttermilk pie was my Uncle Alan’s contribution to Thanksgiving dinner, and like him, it’s straightforward and inviting. The taste grows more welcoming as the evening grows long, and the slightly crisp caramelization of the outer shell gives way to rich sweetness within. The recipe is about as basic as a pie can be, which is important, because it was likely being baked during cocktail hour. It is a good recipe to pass on to curious children, who could dip their toes into family tradition while more sophisticated things were still out of their reach.”


Tom Pope

In Memory of Alan Pope (1948-2022)

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