Fourth of July Buttermilk Pie

Classic American buttermilk pie, fancied up a bit with red, white, and blue (raspberries, whipped cream, and blueberries).

Side of an easy buttermilk pie with a slice removed and topped with berries.
Annika Panikker

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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.

A slice of buttermilk pie set in front of the whole pie.
Annika Panikker

Fourth of July Buttermilk Pie

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 70 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 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
  2. Beat eggs, sugar, zest. Then flour and butter. Then vanilla and buttermilk:

    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.

    Hand mixer making a buttermilk pie recipe.
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    Overhead view of the filling for an easy buttermilk pie.
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  3. Fill pie shell and bake:

    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.

    Pouring filling into a pie crust to show what is buttermilk pie.
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    A baked buttermilk pie.
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    A baked buttermilk pie.
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  4. Top with whipped cream and berries:

    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.

    Adding whipped cream to a buttermilk pie for a buttermilk pie recipe.
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    Overhead view of a buttermilk pie topped with berries.
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