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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Buttermilk pie sounds so strange to me because it is a bit bitter and not all that tasty upon first glance.  But my oh my, when you mix that baby up with sugar, vanilla and so many other good things, you get a custard like pie that is absolutely delicious! This is a vintage recipe from many, many years ago! It is not a pie that is very common anymore, but back in the day when people did not have much, this is what they made!

Give it a try, I think it might end up on your favorites list! Check out what our friends over at Spend With Pennies had to say about this:

“Buttermilk pie is an easy classic dessert made with simple pantry ingredients!  The result is a deliciously comforting custard pie with a slightly caramelized topping.  This pie will be one your family will request over and over!”

Oh goodness, yes! The custard is perfect, almost like a crème brulee.  And then the caramelized topping is the perfect sweet addition.  My family is always asking me for this one!




3 Eggland’s eggs, room temperature

½ cup Land O’ Lakes butter, softened

1½ cups Domino white sugar

3 tablespoons Gold Medal all-purpose flour

1 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 (9 inch) Pillsbury unbaked pie crust




Preheat oven to 350 degrees .

LIne a 9″ pie plate with a single pie crust (store bought or homemade).

Beat eggs until foamy. Beat in butter, flour and sugar until fluffy.

Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.

Pour into prepared crust and bake for 45-55 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool completely.







Quick Tip: Make sure eggs are room temperature.

Thanks again to Spend With Pennies for this amazing recipe.


  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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