Almond Buttermilk Pie

February 19, 2013

Author Notes: Buttermilk pie originally hails from England. Today the deep south stakes claim as its home with Texas bestowing more love on it than most. A custard of buttermilk, eggs, butter and sugar baked in a pie shell is a simple pleasure, no pretentiousness here. However, there is elegance in its simplicity. The tangy tartness of the buttermilk shines through if you don’t drown it in sugar. Sometimes a little lemon zest can add additional brightness.

Growing up in the south, I have always adored buttermilk pie. When I began making it, I often added a bit of dark rum or almond extract and everyone loved it. Last fall a light bulb went on and I decided to add some toasted slivered almonds. Voila - even more elegant.

Makes: 1 pie filling


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 tablespoon all- purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup almond slivers, toasted
In This Recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F (177º C).
  2. Beat together first 6 ingredients until homogenous.
  3. Stir in toasted almonds.
  4. Pour in unbaked pie shell and bake for 50 minutes.

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