The Ultimate Buttermilk Chess Pie

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012

A neighbor of mine gives buttermilk pie as her signature gift every Christmas and for years, my family has eaten the pie within minutes of its long anticipated arrival. The unspoken deal – if you aren’t home at the time it arrives, then you miss out  – has led to a bit of family discord and disgruntlement each year. So after last year’s delivery and the usual pie eating frenzy, I decided it was time to add this to my personal dessert repertoire. Here’s the recipe I’ve settled upon. Hope it spreads holiday cheer and peace amongst your family!

Assemble the ingredients.


Add buttermilk to melted butter.

Buttermilk Chess Pie
Classic Southern pie is a great addition to your holiday table! Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 40 mins Serves: 8
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • 5 ounces buttermilk
  • 1 cup evaporated cane juice sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 8- or 9-inch pie crust (not deep dish)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Gently melt butter in a saucepan. Once melted, stir in buttermilk and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, combine sugar and flour in a blender on low. Add melted butter mixture, vanilla, and sea salt and blend. Add eggs, one at a time, blending until well combined.
  3. Pour batter into crust and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the pie is just set in the middle. Cool on a rack before serving.


Using a blender makes clean up a breeze.


Pour batter into ready made pie crust.


Cook til top is golden.



This recipe is so quick and easy that this year there will be no family squabbles as I’m making plenty to go around!    


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