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Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie

This sweet and spicy Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie encapsulates everything we love about fall and Southern buttermilk pie. It features a rich and buttery custard that’s enhanced with cinnamon and nutmeg to give it a warm and zesty flavor. It can be served after your meal as a dessert or as a sweet treat any time of day.

Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie

Southern Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie Recipe

We love our buttermilk custard pies here in the South. The ingredients that each recipe calls for are similar, but, oftentimes they’ll vary depending on the preference and sometimes even region, of each cook. Generally speaking, traditional buttermilk pies may have a pinch of nutmeg in the filling, but not every cook would add vanilla, lemon juice, or even cinnamon as I have for this Autumn spiced variation. Other flavor additions to enhance the custard in this pie is lemon juice and vanilla. The cinnamon and nutmeg in the custard gives the flavor of the smooth buttermilk custard warm and spicy undertones.


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How to Make the Best Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie Recipe

The homemade filling for this buttermilk pie is both tart and sweet. The spices also give the top of the pie a beautiful rich color that magically rise to the top while baking. A piece of buttermilk pie is like sharing a taste of tried-and-true Southern tradition that’s been handed down from one generation to the next.
  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie: A 9 inch deep dish pie shell either frozen, refrigerated or homemade, buttermilk, large eggs, butter, all purpose flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, granulated sugar, baking soda and vanilla extract.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A whisk or a hand mixer to make the filling, a medium size mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons, a small bowl to melt the butter and a sheet pan to place the pie on for ease of moving in and out of the oven.
  • You can use a refrigerated pie crust that’s fitted into a pie dish or a frozen pie shell. When using a frozen pie shell, there’s no need to thaw prior to filling.
  • If you’d like to make your own crust, checkout my Flaky Pie Crust recipe.
  • This is one time where you want to use full fat buttermilk if you can find it. If not, low fat will work but it’s not ideal to use non fat.
  • You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white distilled vinegar to one cup of whole milk. Allow it to stand on the counter for 5 minutes then stir and proceed with the recipe.
  • Store Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie for up to 5 days chilled in the refrigerator.
  • You can also freeze buttermilk pie for up to 1 month, Thaw in the refrigerator.

Baked Buttermilk Pie

More Southern Style Pie Recipes to Make

Bakers of all skill levels can make homemade pies successfully. Whether you’re creating a no bake warm weather dessert or making it completely from scratch, I’ve got many options for you to try. More pie recipes you may also like to make.

Single piece of Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie on a plate

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Autumn Spiced Buttermilk Pie

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Chill time4 hours
Total Time5 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Pie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: autumn-spiced-buttermilk-pie
Servings: 8 pieces
Calories: 437kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 9 inch deep dish pie crust frozen or homemade
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg plus additional for dusting the top
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk [Not low fat]
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place pie shell on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry beating until well blended.
  • Pour into the unbaked pie shell. If using a frozen pie shell, there's no need to thaw the pie shell first.
  • Sprinkle the top with additional nutmeg. Bake for 50-65 minutes or until the center is set when gently shaken.
  • Check the pie halfway through cooking and cover the edges if needed, to prevent over browning.
  • Cool on a cooling rack to room temperature.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight before cutting.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I’m making this recipe again today (3rd time). I’ve used lowfat buttermilk each time. As I’ve not used whole, I can’t tell you the difference, but the pie is awesome! I am a spice person, so I added cardamom and 5-spice the first time. Second time i added some homemade lemon curd. Today, I am going back to spices and will be heavy-handed. LOVE this pie!

  2. Looking forward to trying this version!! I’m assuming the lemon juice you mentioned is used in place of the vinegar?
    Love your site!! 🙂

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