Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Typically when a recipe calls for buttermilk, biscuits or pancakes come to mind. But this old fashioned ingredient yields more than just breakfast treats. Buttermilk is a wonderful addition to desserts because of its thick consistency and unique flavor. While its name is deceiving, buttermilk does not contain butter. It is made of the remaining milk after butter has been churned, then left to ferment to create that great tangy flavor. Buttermilk is a lovely addition to desserts because it makes cakes and pies moist, rich and creamy.

This old fashioned buttermilk pie has lemon zest added to give it a brighter taste than its counterparts. Lemon is the perfect combination to the creamy buttermilk creating a rich, surprising flavor unlike tradition buttermilk pies that call for vanilla and are much sweeter. Serve this old fashioned treat at your next dinner party or family get together and wow your guests at the simplicity and richness of such a subdued ingredient. Pair a slice with some vanilla bean ice cream or fresh whipped cream and enjoy!

1 tbsp lemon zest
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp flour
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
1 unbaked pie crust


1. Combine lemon zest, sugar and flour in large bowl.

2. Add eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition.

3. Stir in the melted butter and buttermilk. Mix well.

4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until set in the center.

5. Cool and serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream.