April 10, 2014

Lemon buttermilk pie

Serving lemon buttermilk pie.

In this household, we love pie. As a kid, I much preferred cake, but now I'll take a slice of homemade pie over most other desserts - I especially like custard and cream pies.

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This lemon buttermilk pie was inspired by a post at The Merry Gourmet - it was one of those pies that as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to make (and eat) it. 

This time of year I find myself often feeling rather uninspired when it comes to cooking. There's no fresh seasonal foods available yet, and I have used up most of my winter stash. Plus the weather varies from warm to cold almost every day, making it difficult to plan meals that fit the season. 

While not really local, you can still find good citrus this time of year, so I was feeling pretty excited about this lemony pie (lemon is one of my most favorite dessert flavors). Plus we had a bunch of farm fresh eggs, which make up a lot of the filling.

Cat trying to reach a rolling pin.
My little pie making helper (though she's a little blurry - I had to be quick!)

Slice of lemon buttermilk pie on a serving plate.

Lemon buttermilk pie
1 recipe for a single pie crust 
3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
scant 1 cup of granulated sugar, preferably unbleached
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
zest of one lemon
icing sugar for dusting, optional 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Roll out your dough to about 11 inches round. Gently place in a 9-inch pie pan and fold over and crimp the edges. Place in the refrigerator until the filling is ready.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and yolk, sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Then add in the butter, buttermilk, vanilla, and lemon juice and zest and whisk until thoroughly combined. 

Pour the filling into the crust. Gently rap the pie plate on the counter to remove bubbles. Bake for about 55-60 minutes, until the crust is golden and the filling is set. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Serve at room temperature or chilled. Top with a dusting of icing sugar, if desired. 

Serving plate of lemon buttermilk pie with a fork and slice of lemon.


  1. I love pie also! Especially citrus based pies...this sounds so delicious!

  2. It doesn't get much better than pie, love the use of buttermilk.

  3. Hi Amy, I love anything lemon, this pie look delightful Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

  4. YUM! This looks delicious! I love pie and this custardy texture looks to-die-for!

  5. I'm a cake girl all the way, but I'd love a big slice of this beauty anytime! It looks delish! x

  6. Buttermilk Pie is one of my favorite pies! Yours looks delicious. Love your little helper :)

  7. I love lemon desserts so this looks and sounds amazing to me!

  8. Wow, your Lemon Pie looks absolutely scrumptious!

  9. I am a pie fancier myself. Buttermilk pies are delicious. Lemon pies are delicious. So what a perfect combo----Duh. My boss is a real lemon nut. I suspect if I made this I would rack up some brownie (well actually lemon) points. Ha!

  10. Your lemon pie looks really delicious!

  11. Lovely lemon pie! I love lemons and would certainly welcome a slice or two of your delicious pie!

  12. I love lemon pie and this sounds perfect for the long weekend we are about to have :)

  13. Amy, buttermilk lemon pie? Yes, it sounds and looks delicious...I so wish for a slice of this pie...yum!
    Have a wonderful week :D

  14. I am crazy for lemon as well as for buttermilk pie, one of my faves. This is a pie made in heaven though! I am so sharing this...

  15. Next to pecan pie, this is my favorite pie! Please hand me a fork, or better yet - ship me a pie. I'll pay!!

  16. I've never made a buttermilk pie. But now that I've seen your recipe I am planning on one! YUM! Pinned and shared.

  17. There is nothing like a buttermilk pie! I'll never forget the first time I tasted it! I was blown away! Yours looks fabulous! P~


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