Fourth of July Buttermilk Pie

Fourth of July, Buttermilk Pie. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? If you’re familiar with buttermilk pie, then this is old hat for you. If not, you might be scratching your head right now wondering, eh? Buttermilk? in a pie?

Let me assure you, if you’re in the unfamiliar camp, that buttermilk makes a lovely pie. A custard pie actually, and it’s quite sweet. You eat buttermilk pancakes, don’t you? Buttermilk biscuits? Buttermilk tastes great in lots of things. Last year Garrett made a buttermilk pudding that was outstanding.

With this recipe, the buttermilk pie is a sweet custard pie, topped with plain whipped cream to hold the berries in place for our patriotic pie rendition. The natural tartness in the berries balances the sweet custard of the pie.

Fourth of July Buttermilk Pie

Fourth of July Buttermilk Pie Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 8 serving pieces.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (half a stick)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
  • 1 cup cold, heavy whipping cream
  • 20-30 raspberries (or half as many strawberries, halved)
  • A handful of blueberries


1 Preheat oven to 325°F. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, then beat in the sugar and lemon zest until well combined. Beat in the flour and melted butter. Beat in the vanilla and buttermilk.

2 Pour filling batter into an uncooked pie shell (frozen is fine). Bake at 325°F for approximately 50 minutes, or until the center of the custard has just set (can still be a little wiggly). Remove from oven and let cool. The custard may puff up a bit in the oven; it will deflate as it cools.

3 Whip the chilled cream until it holds stiff peaks. Once the pie has cooled to room temperature, spread the whipping cream over the top of the pie. Arrange the raspberries and blueberries in a decorative pattern on top of the whipping cream.

Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.

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  • Becca

    Any suggestions for a pie crust, or will any standard crust recipe work? I actually – unusually – have buttermilk just sitting forlornly in the fridge, and can’t wait to try this this weekend!

    I used my standard all butter pie crust, and froze it (helps keep the sides from sinking down when you cook it). Love that crust. ~Elise

  • Amy

    You didn’t sweeten the whipped cream? I’m assuming the buttermilk filling and berries make it sweet enough.

    I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and am really enjoying it – thanks!

    The buttermilk filling is quite sweet, definitely no need to sweeten the whipped cream. ~Elise

  • Cindy S

    The whipping cream doesn’t have to be sweet as well?

    Nope, it’s just mortar for the berries. And the pie is sweet enough on its own. ~Elise

  • Tina

    This looks wonderful! I love custard pies in general, but I bet this would make a great coconut custard pie (with a little adjustment of the sugar). I have a large stockpile of coconut waiting to be used, so I think I’ll be trying it out this week! Also, the Amish bakers in our area make fruit custard pies (cherries or berries baked into the custard); this recipe would make a great base for those too!

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