Old-fashioned Buttermilk Pie with Lemon Curd Recipe

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Do you love anything lemon flavor? If so, I have the best old-fashioned buttermilk pie with lemon curd recipe for you.

This one bowl pie recipe has only 6 simple ingredients and it is amazing!

buttermilk pie

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My buttermilk pie recipe has been a family favorite pie for years and recently I decided to change it up a bit by adding lemon curd. And wow, it just made a great recipe even better.

homemade lemon curd

I love to make homemade lemon curd to use in my recipes.

It is so good in so many different things.

You can certainly use store bought lemon curd for this lemon buttermilk pie, but if you have the chance to make your own lemon curd, it just takes it up a notch.

Lemon curd is also a great gift for friends, family or neighbors.

Put it in a cute jar with a tag and it can also be a great favor for a summer party or a lemon theme party.

jar of lemon curd and white bowl full of lemons

ingredients for lemon buttermilk pie

ingredients for buttermilk pie with lemon curd sugar flour buttermilk lemons eggs lemon curd

unbaked pie crust – you can use a frozen pie crust (thawed) or your own homemade pie crust
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups of sugar
1/2 cup real buttermilk
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons lemon curd
1 teaspoon lemon zest
juice from 1 lemon – I like to use meyer lemons whenever I can find them, but that is certainly optional

directions for buttermilk pie with lemon curd

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 1 stick butter.
Stir 1/4 cup flour into melted butter and mix until flour is dissolved.
Add butter mixture, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, and lemon curd to large bowl or mixer bowl and mix on low speed until well blended.
Add lemon juice and lemon zest and mix pie filling just until incorporated and is a creamy custard consistency.



Pour mixture into pie shell, place in preheated oven and bake pie for 60 minutes.
Don’t be tempted to cook longer even if it seems not quite done in the center.
The center of the pie should have a slight jiggle when you remove the pie from the oven.

The only exception to this time would be if your oven cooks a little hotter and the pie is done sooner than 60 minutes.



At about 30 minutes the top will begin to brown and you don’t want the top to be over done.
“Tent” a piece of aluminum foil over the pie. This will prevent the top from getting over cooked. You just want the top to be lightly golden brown.

After 60 minutes, remove from oven and let cool.

buttermilk pie with lemon curd in white pie dish topped with sliced lemons and tiny daisies 3 lemons and dish towel beside pie plate
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Buttermilk Pie with Lemon Curd

This 1 bowl pie recipe is easy and delicious and only has 6 simple ingredients. It's sure to be a family favorite!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk pie, buttermilk pie with lemon curd, custard pie, lemon buttermilk pie, pie recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Cost 5

Equipment

  • electric mixer
  • lemon zester
  • lemon juicer

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust (unbaked)
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup) melted
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon curd
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice from lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt 1 stick butter.
  • Stir 1/4 cup flour into butter and mix until well blended.
  • Add butter mixture, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, and lemon curd into mixing bowl and mix on low speed until incorporated well.
  • Add lemon zest and lemon juice and mix just until well blended into a creamy custard consistency.
  • Pour filling into unbaked pie shell.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. (The center should have a slight jiggle.)
  • Remove from oven and let cool.

Notes

At about 30 minutes the top of the pie will begin to brown and you don’t want the top to be overdone.
“Tent” a piece of aluminum foil and gently place over the top of the pie until the pie is finished baking.  This will prevent the top from getting too done. 

what is buttermilk pie?

Buttermilk pie is a traditional pie in the southern part of the US. It is a custard type pie with a filling that usually consists of sugar, buttermilk (key ingredient), eggs, butter and flour.
The batter is then poured into a pie crust and baked until filling is set.

slice of lemon buttermilk pie on white plate with lemon slices beside

does buttermilk pie need to be refrigerated?

There is a bit of controversy about whether or not buttermilk pie needs to be refrigerated or not.
Some say it is fine left on the counter for a couple of days.
However, since there are dairy products in this pie, others would argue that it does need to be refrigerated, so I normally err on the side of caution.

Since I prefer to serve this pie warm or at least at room temperature, I make it the day I am going to serve it.

Then cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Some would say that buttermilk pie is best when served and eaten chilled.

It’s a personal taste, so try it out, and you decide for yourself!

This old-fashioned southern dessert is always a crowd pleaser, so there is a good chance there won’t be any leftover pie.

does buttermilk pie have a strong buttermilk flavor?

Buttermilk pie does not have a buttermilk taste at all. It is a smooth custard like filling with a sweet and buttery flavor.

slice of lemon buttermilk pie on white plate with lemon slices beside

is buttermilk pie and chess pie the same?

Although buttermilk pie and chess pie look similar and have a similar consistency, they are very different.
The major difference is buttermilk pie has buttermilk in the filling and chess pie has cornmeal and milk instead of buttermilk.

ways to serve buttermilk pie

buttermilk pie with strawberries

dust the top with powdered sugar
fresh berries on the side (I like to serve sliced strawberries)
homemade whipped cream on top
with vanilla ice cream

variations for lemon buttermilk pie

If you prefer a more tangy flavor, you an add a bit more lemon zest to the filling.

If you prefer a classic buttermilk pie without the lemon flavor, omit the lemon curd, lemon juice and lemon zest and add in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

I use a store-bought crust, but certainly a homemade flaky pie crust would be great!

slice of lemon buttermilk pie on white plate with lemon slices beside bowl of lemons in background

This old-fashioned recipe is a simple pie to make and one of those classic southern desserts.

If you like lemon flavor, this might be the best pie you’ve ever had!

I would love to know if you try it. I love hearing from you!

blessings,

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13 Comments

  1. This sounds amazing! I would love to share this on my newsletter. Hugs to you, my friend.

    1. Thank you so much sweet friend! I would love that!

  2. Anne from Simply2Moms says:

    Oh my gosh. Everything about this pie sounds heavenly! Pinned!

    1. It’s so yummy and easy to make!

  3. Michele I’ve never had this before but it sounds amazing!!!

    1. Thanks Stacy! It’s such an easy and yummy recipe!

  4. Oh my! This looks absolutely mouthwatering Michele. I love lemon-flavored desserts and can’t wait to try your pie!

  5. Oh, my. This look so yummy, Michele. I love anything lemon-flavored. I can’t wait to try your pie!

    1. Thanks Jen! I hope you love it as much as I do!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It is so yummy and easy to make.

  6. Man, this sounds good. Thank you for linking up on Farmhouse Friday. Featuring it tomorrow. Off to make my grocery list! pinned

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! So glad you liked it and I really appreciate the feature.

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