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Buttermilk Pie with Citrus and Graham Cracker Crust

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Paired with a Fruity Ale

Buttermilk Pie with Citrus and Graham Cracker Crust is a summer pie recipe to turn that oven on for! A simple graham cracker crust is made from graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Filled with an addicting filling made of buttermilk, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar and some necessary binding agents, this buttermilk pie is over the top with sweet flavor! It’s a summer picnic must-have!

Buttermilk Pie with Citrus and Graham Cracker Crust is a summer pie recipe to get excited about! |

I think this boring Wednesday needs a little pie in it’s life. Don’t you agree?

I know what you are thinking. Pies are totally for the winter months, and I agree with you to a certain point. It’s not my favorite thing in the world to turn the oven on when the temps get above 90 degrees F, but sometimes it’s totally necessary to take advantage of some seasonal produce!

While we are somewhat out of citrus season, I still had to share this recipe for buttermilk pie with citrus. I love this pie you guys, and it’s one of my go-to desserts for a quick summer picnic potluck. When I first found a similar recipe in a magazine, I knew I had to recreate it and let me tell you that it was seriously love at first bite. It literally tastes like summer. I’m not kidding you. It’s like taking a bite out of summer. It’s so bright and packed full of citrusy flavor, that you will be begging for a second piece.

Make this buttermilk pie for a summer picnic. Your guests will love you for it! I had a hard time coming up with a beer pairing for this recipe. It’s hard not to get specific and overwhelm you with specific beers. Citrusy desserts aren’t the easiest recipes to pair beer with. I usually tend to go with a fruity ale of some kind. I think Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch is a great one for this recipe. It has a lot going on. Wine notes are prominent as well as some spice and other fruit. You can go any route you want though. If you have recommendations for a good beer pairing for this pie, I would love to hear them!

Recipe is below! Have a wonderful day everyone! xo

Buttermilk Pie with Citrus and Graham Cracker Crust is a summer pie recipe to get excited about! |

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Buttermilk Pie with Citrus and Graham Cracker Crust



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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

Buttermilk Pie with Citrus

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup room-temperature buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 room-temperature large eggs
  • Suggested toppings: confectioner's sugar meringue or whipped cream.


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter for the graham cracker crust. Press it into a 9-inch pie dish and press up the sides. Using the bottom of a cup press down so that it is firmly packed. Place the pie crust in the oven for 6-7 minutes or until just toasty and brown. Remove from oven and let cool while you prepare your buttermilk pie. Once cool enough to handle, place it in the fridge to chill even more.
  • For the buttermilk pie, in a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, flour and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, orange juice, lemon juice, vanilla extract, lemon zest and eggs until completely smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk to combine fully. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust.
  • Bake the pie for 40-45 minutes or until the pie is just set and brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before dusting with confectioner's sugar or dolloping with meringue. Enjoy!

Buttermilk Pie with Citrus and Graham Cracker Crust is a summer pie recipe to get excited about! |



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36 Responses

  1. Wednesdays always call for pie! Love the looks of this, Justine! I’ve never had a buttermilk pie before, so I’m intrigued! Its sounds so delicious, especially with that citrus flavor. Pinned!

  2. I’ve never had a buttermilk pie. Your recipe sounds delicious enough to try. Love the citrus and graham cracker crust!

  3. Wednesdays are great days for pie ;-) I am so intrigued by this recipe! I have never tried a buttermilk pie and now I really want one!! Pinning for later!

  4. Pie is totally a summer thing as far as this pie-lover is concerned. ;) Totally loving the sound of this buttermilk pie with all that citrus-y goodness! And gosh, is it ever gorgeous!

  5. That’s totally different than any pie I’ve ever seen, I’ve never heard of buttermilk pie before. Pretty sure I need to try it! And I think pie is perfect in the summer – all that summer fruit? You definitely need to make some into pie! Worth turning on the oven for!

  6. I’ve never heard anything like this before but I’m intrigued. And I agree sometimes turning on that oven for to make some of our favorites, is a must.

  7. Being from the South, I have a total love affair with buttermilk pie! This looks absolutely amazing. If you haven’t already, you should check out the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. The Crack Pie recipe looks like it’s to die for…I haven’t tried it yet but I can’t wait to!

      1. You must! I have been considering it for quite some time but didn’t buy it until I was able to pick it up for trade credit at my favorite used book store. Now I’m wondering what took me so long! The recipes are insane…just the combinations that I would never think of! Crack pie is a riff on chess pie (which is very similar to buttermilk pie-I’m not sure if non-Southerners are familiar with chess pie or not!).

  8. I’ve made this twice now, second time as a request for my brother’s birthday. It made an impression!

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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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