Amish Buttermilk pie is a smooth classic, with a melt-in-your-mouth custard filling and a perfectly flaky crust.  This delicious, buttermilk pie recipe uses just the basic ingredients from your pantry!

The perfect buttermilk pie!

Amish Buttermilk Pie

A creamy custard-like filling makes this Amish Buttermilk Pie completely addicting. While baking, the sugar in the filling crystallizes and caramelizes, creating a creme brûlée-ed effect. One slice of this Amish Buttermilk Pie is all you need for a refreshing ending to a hearty meal.  Especially if you use my Amish never-fail pie crust!

What makes buttermilk so amazing?  Would you believe me if I answered with “science”? I’m no scientist so I will try to make it as simple as possible.  Back in the butter churning days, buttermilk was just the cream that was left over after the butter was churned out.  They would let it sit for a few days.  The natural product that was left behind was a creamy, almost tangy, and slightly acidic liquid. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, be sure to check out how to make your own buttermilk at home!

How to know when a Buttermilk Pie is done

This pie comes out kind of like a cheesecake, slightly firm but a little jiggly in the center. You could test it by inserting a wooden toothpick into the center if it comes out clean, it is ready.

Classic Amish Buttermilk Pie

How to Make a Pie Foil Shield

I’m just going to give you one last tip on this buttermilk pie recipe, or really any pie recipe for that matter.  Cooking times tend to vary from pie to pie, and sometimes you will find yourself in that awful predicament.  Your pie hasn’t finished cooking but (gasp) your crust edges are starting to burn.  A simple trick I have learned is to create a tin foil barrier around the edge of the crust.  You don’t have to put it on right away, just when you notice the edges are starting to brown. Tear off a square of foil large enough to cover your pie and fold it twice to make a square.  Using scissors, cut a pie-shaped circle out of the middle.  When you unfold the foil, you should have a foil ring.  Place shield over pie and crimp lightly to hold it in place before returning the pie to the oven.

The pie that everyone begs for the recipe!
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Amish Buttermilk Pie

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
One slice of this Amish Buttermilk Pie is all you need for a refreshing ending to a hearty meal.


  • 1 pie crust (see Amish Never Fail Pie Crust recipe)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure lemon extract


  • Move oven rack to the lowest position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch pie dish with the pie crust. Keep pie crust refrigerated until ready to use.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and flour. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, butter, buttermilk, and lemon extract. Pour into the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Pour into the pie crust and bake for 70-80 minutes, rotating halfway. Pie is done when the top and crust are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely before cutting and serving.


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  1. When I was a kid and used to visit my Grandmother’s house, there was a German Bakery across the street that used to have the most scrumptious butter cakes. They had a very soft caramelization on soo gooy and delisious. Just wondered if you have ever had or made anything like it.

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