Old Fashioned Lemon Pie

This recipe is adapted from “A Cook’s Tour of Athens” published in 1963. This recipe uses buttermilk and simple staple ingredients that are in much of classic southern American recipes. This pie has a smooth and creamy texture and is not over-powering, similar to a lemon-flavored sherbert. You can use pre-made pastry, but to make this truly special, use home-made pastry and I’m sure you will love the result!

Ingredients for 1 pie (6 servings)

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 lemon (grated rind and juice)
  • Unbaked pie crust
  1. Beat eggs and add buttermilk in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sift flour and sugar together and add to egg-buttermilk mixture.
  3. Stir in butter and juice and rind of lemon.
  4. Pour into pie pan lined with unbaked pastry.
  5. Place in hot oven, 450 degrees, for 10 minutes to bake sides and bottom of crust. Decrease heat and cook at 325 degrees for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center will come out clean.


I used home-made pastry which I recommend (recipe here). This pie is easy and satisfying to make; you will love how simple but flavorful it is. This pie is sweet and almost custard-like, and the lemon perfectly balances with this. I would not hesitate to serve this at any function, from a picnic to a Christmas Dinner. Please let me know if you try this in the comments below, and don’t forget to share and subscribe! Enjoy!

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