Colonia Cottage Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie is a classic many of us have grown up having enjoyed. This is a terrific pie for when you don’t have a lot on hand, but still, want to make dessert. This is a custard-like pie that is good both warm out of the oven and later chilled.

homemade buttermilk pie, and a plate of a slide of buttermilk pie

A lot of people love buttermilk pies. It is a wonderful creamy custard pie that you don’t often see in stores, bakeries, or in restaurants. So if you want one of these old-fashion pies, you are going to have to prepare one yourself. Did you know it is super easy to make this pie? If you can measure and stir, you can make one of these amazing pies.

What’s the difference between a buttermilk pie and a buttermilk chess pie?

In one word, cornmeal.

  • A buttermilk pie filling is made of sugar, butter, eggs, buttermilk, and flour. People add vanilla, lemon zest, and nutmeg for variety.
  • A chess pie has its origin in New England. Cornmeal was added instead of flour to help the pie stabilize.

Are both pies completely delicious? Yes!

Love old-fashioned pies? Be sure to check out these old-fashioned pie recipes

Easy Chocolate Pie
Cherry O Cheese Pie
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Chess Pie

A slice of buttermilk pie.

homemade buttermilk pie, and a plate of a slide of buttermilk pie

Colonia Cottage Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pies are easy to make, enjoy this Southern pie.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Buttermilk, Pie Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 387kcal


  • 1 9 inch pastry shell
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 
  • Place beaten eggs in a medium bowl. Gradually beat in sugar. Stir in melted butter, salt, flour, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pastry shell, and sprinkle top of the pie with nutmeg. 
  • Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bake an additional 10 minutes. Pie is done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.



Tips for making a buttermilk pie

I personally like to start all of my ingredients when they are room temperature. So that means I take my eggs out about 20 minutes before I need to use them. Baking is better when the temperatures of the ingredients start from as close of a range in temperatures as possible.
I recommend purchasing commercial buttermilk for this recipe. I believe your results will be more consistent than making homemade buttermilk.
This pie is best eaten while still warm. You should store this pie in the refrigerator. Custard pies should always be stored in the refrigerator.
Warm this pie before serving


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.8mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Melissa

    5 stars
    THE BEST Buttermilk Pie recipe, spoken from a TRUE Southern girl that LOVES to cook TRUE southern cuisine!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    I was so glad when I found this recipe my Grandmother made buttermilk pie for every holiday and my Dad loved it. I made one for him and he said it was as good as his mothers! I will be making this every Christmas and Thanksgiving!

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