Boy, Am I Glad I Tried This Vintage Jeff Davis Pie Recipe!

This pie makes me feel like I'm walking on air!

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Last month, my family went out of town to a church conference that they attend every year.  It was in the middle of winter in North Carolina and it was snowing like crazy so they did not think it would be wise to take my grandmother with them.  She is a little slower these days, needs her wheelchair for everything, has oxygen on 24/7, and well just a lot to keep up with, especially in the snow.

So, my husband and I who were not able to attend this year due to his work schedule decided to go over to my parent’s house and stay with her for the week. My grandma was thrilled! We went out shopping to her favorite stores (Kohl’s and Hallmark Store), had lunch at her favorite spots (Panera Bread and Cuban restaurants) and played board games as well as baked a lot.

We made so many different types of cakes, cookies, and pies. We would bake, take a piece for ourselves, and then invite people over so they could enjoy it, too.  They were all delicious, but the one pie that caught my attention was Buttermilk Pie. I had never tried anything like this, and it was so amazing!

Photo and recipe courtesy of Spend With Pennies.




Quick Tip: Top with fresh berries if you’d like.


  1. Carter says

    My family will NEVER refer to a buttermilk pie as Jeff Davis Pie!
    We don’t cotton to traitors.

    1. M says

      Oh good grief. Call whatever you want.

    2. Deborah says

      Stupid remark

    3. Deborah says

      Stupid remark, Carter.

    4. Carol says

      Carter, nobody cares…

      1. jim olson says

        I care.

    5. Linda Nichols says

      You are a nitwit. Who cares what a pie is called!!?

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  3. Joanmarie Marcum says

    who is/was Jeff Davis????

    1. Karen Latino says

      He was the President of the Confederate States when the South seceded from the United States of America during the Civil War. Didn’t you take American History in school?

    2. Kathie Urena says

      Jefferson Davis was thePresident of the Confederate States of America.

  4. Carol says

    I have tried this pie and it is SO GOOD! We call it a Buttermilk Pie! Think I’m going to whip up one! Umm umm good!

  5. J Willoughby says

    Why don’t you have a printable copy of the recipe instead of having the commentary?

    1. Gene Nutter says

      Looks great!

  6. Debbie says

    Just be happy the recipe is there right click and print

  7. Tank says

    Buttermilk pie is Texas pioneer favorite. Can’t believe you don’t know how to make it!

  8. Mary says

    I have a deep dish 9-inch store-bought pie shell I’m wondering will that work as well or should I use the regular Pieshell

  9. Jeffina Davis says

    I do believe Carter was just being funny! At least that’s how I took it. Buttermilk Pie is delicious!

  10. norma says

    up here there use to be a pioneer recipie for vinegar pie, no lemon eh , almost identical

  11. Ronda Renfrow says

    I like butter chess is sweeter and has crunchy top…it does not have buttermilk but looks just like this…looks like lemon chess…does anyone have butter chess recipe?

  12. Alice Williams says

    I’m been baking this pie for yrs, in 1985 while going to adult education school in muskegon michigan i prepared this for our speech in class, not telling what kind of pie it was, once done class had a slice, went crazy after i told them it was a buttermilk pie, I received an A+ as my grade, made some$$$$$$$ also the next week making for some of my classmates… Have to make a couple next wk,3/1/2017 for one of my nephews, he remembered it from a little boy, LOVE IT….

  13. charlie says

    Y’all still fighting the Civil War? sheeeesh…..I’m just trying to figure out how you get the caramelized top out of this recipe….will try if because I remember pies like this from little kid days…,..,

  14. Claudia Grimm says

    I don’t have buttermilk on hand just now, but I have the time. Has anyone tried this using substitution for the buttermilk?

  15. Delores Smith says

    I’ve always known this pie to be called Magnolia

  16. Joanmarie Marcum says

    The pie was very good, even though I dropped it taking it out of the oven and a portion of it messed up my oven big time! What was left was delicious and I will definitely bake another one before long.

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