Old Fashioned Buttermilk Chess Pie

Yields 8

10 minsPrep Time

35 minsCook Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 unbaked pie shell (you can use homemade if you want)
  • Homemade whipped cream, for garnish
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


  • Prebake the pie shell according to package directions.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk together the sugar, cornmeal, flour and salt.
  • Add the butter, buttermilk, and vanilla and whisk
  • Add eggs and whisk.
  • Stir in lemon zest and juice.
  • Pour mixture into the prebaked pie shell.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and set. Check on your pie after 20 minutes and if the crust is getting very dark, cover the edges with foil to prevent overbrowning.
  • Let the pie cool completely on a rack before cutting to give it a chance to set.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a grating of fresh nutmeg on top.