Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pie with Blackberry Sauce
Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. Before we get to this lovely Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pie, let’s talk a bit about the Oscars. As I am writing this post, I am watching the Oscars and will be glued to my couch for the next 4 hours. Do you watch the show? I’ve been watching it for years and just love the fashion and all the glamour. I even missed Downton Abbey tonight for it.
Last night’s show (right now for me!) had some wonderful dresses that just left me “WOW”. It’s hard to pick a favorite but I loved Reese Witherspoon’s classic and elegant white and black gown, Lupita’s white pearl dress (that woman has arms to kill for), Jennifer Lopez‘s princess cut blush gown that would be a stunning wedding dress in white (and less cleavage!) and so many other favorites (Kerry Washington, Emma Stone, Viola Davis). If you watched the show, what were some of your favorites?
Anyways, pie you guys! Let’s just talk about pie because dresses will just make want to shop shop shop.
This Meyer lemon buttermilk pie on the other hand makes me want to eat eat eat. I had two whole slices of this pie which in my 1-2 bite dessert person life is A LOT! It was creamy and tangy delicious! Of course, it doesn’t help that there is a blackberry lemon compote on top to seal the deal.
There’s a short backstory for this pie. My original idea was to make a two-layer pie with a shaker lemon pie bottom and a buttermilk pie top layer to perfectly combine the flavors of sweet citrus (Meyer lemons) and tangy buttermilk. Actually, it wasn’t even my idea… Allie suggested it to me as we were chatting about what I should do with my exciting discovery of Meyer lemons.
After two failed attempts to make the two layers, I gave up and combined both flavors into one seemingly wonderful pie. With the zest and juice of Meyer lemons, this buttermilk pie is bursting with a tangy yet sweet-tart flavor. To complete it all, I topped each slice with a blackberry lemon compote. Yes, friends, this is a killer pie!! And you need to try it soon.
As we patiently wait for the arrival of Spring, this Meyer lemon buttermilk pie is a great way to enjoy some winter citrus and think of all that the Spring will bring.
Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pie with Blackberry Sauce
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- Ice cold water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- zest of 1 Meyer lemon
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For Blackberry Compote
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- To make the crust: Prepare ¼ cup ice-cold water and keep it in the fridge. In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt. Scatter in the butter and pulse until the mixture looks like a coarse meal. Sprinkle about 2-3 tablespoons cold water over the mixture and pulse until the dough comes together in clumps. If dry, add a little bit more water (1 teaspoon at a time) until the dough comes together. Remove dough from processor and pat it into a disk. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. The dough can be made up to 3 days ahead. Keep refrigerated. Let stand at room temperature for a few minutes before rolling out.
- Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a large circle ( about 12 inches). Fit into an ungreased 9-inch pie dish, trim the edges leaving an inch or two overhangs. Crimp edges. Refrigerate while you prepare to fill.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- To make the filling: In a large bowl, combine the sugar and Meyer lemon zest. Using your fingers, work the zest into the sugar until fragrant and the sugar is moist. This brings out the lovely flavor of the lemon into the sugar. Whisk in the flour and salt into the sugar mixture.
- In a separate medium bowl, first, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs. Then add in the juice of Meyer lemon and vanilla extract and whisk to combine. In one addition, add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk to combine making sure there are no flour lumps.
- Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Place the pie dish on a baking sheet and bake pie until the center doesn’t jiggle, about 45-55 minutes.
- In the meantime, make the blackberry sauce. In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine all the ingredients with ¼ cup water. Cook, stirring occasionally until the blackberries begin to break down, about 3-4 minutes. Cook until the sauce thickens for about 10 minutes on low heat. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Let the sauce cool to room temperature.
- Let pie cool completely before serving. Serve pie slices with blackberry sauce on top. Keep leftover pie, wrapped and refrigerated for at least 4 days.
Filling adapted from Homemade Decadence
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Looks delicious! I’ve never tried buttermilk pie but it has always intrigued me…like custard within a pastry? Anyway, it sounds very tasty, especially with meyer lemon 🙂
It is exactly like custard in a pastry!!
Killer custard pie, indeed, Z! I am so glad you ventured into pie territory with meyer lemons and a buttermilk custard after being inspired with Shaker Lemon Pie. Love the blackberry sauce addition, too! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!
Beautiful pie! I love anything with meyer lemons. I watched half of the Oscars before I fell asleep and agree that I loved the dresses you mentioned. Kerry Washington is always one of my favorites!
You know Kerry is always on point!!
I love this. Buttermilk pie and I have never gotten along so I don’t make it very often. But you’ve inspired me to give it another try!
Jen I am sure you will love it with the next try!!
i missed Oscars…#gradschoolsucks on a separate note, i love the freshness of this pie with tangy sauce, yum yum yum
Grad school does suck!! But it’s OK!
I too was glued to the couch watching the Oscars. And now I am glued to the screen watching this. This pie is everything I hoped it would be, so refreshing and bright and happy. I want it in my mouth. Also I thought Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Lupita and J Lo killed it.
Anything with meyer lemon is a win in my book! I’ve never made a buttermilk pie before but that will have to change. I need this in my life!
The vibrant lemons and berries just take me back to Summer!! Love this, Zainab…I would be in heaven with a slice of this for sure. xo, Tammy<3
Summer is almost here!!
This pie looks delicious, Zainab! Love the lemon flavour and that blackberry sauce is the perfect addition to serve! So yummy! 😀
I thought Anna Kendrick looked STUNNING. On top of that, her small performance was killer! Ugh, I’m obsessed with her.
Sarah she did!! Her dress was so pretty!
I’ve never had a pie with buttermilk. It truly looks amazing! Can’t wait for berry season too. I’ll be topping pies and waffles and everything under the sun. Mmm…
Melanie you need to change that. It is very good!!
Z, love all the dresses you mentioned and LOVED what Rosamund Pike was wearing!!! love this lemon buttermilk pie!!! that blackberry lemon compote is to die for!
Yes!! I forgot to add her to the list!
I didn’t watch much of the Oscars…but I did see some pretty gowns. I was disappointed because the only movie I’d seen (American Sniper) didn’t win! haha This pie looks so delicious, and topping that luscious lemon filling with blackberry sauce was such a great idea! 🙂
I was hoping American Sniper won something too because it was one of the few I saw!
Such a great use of meyer lemons…love it!
Gah! I’m so sorry I steered you wrong with your meyer lemon pie idea! Obviously this was the way to go all along. It looks fantastic! I wish I could have watched more of the red carpet last night but I was busy busy baking. I did catch a glimpse of Jennifer Lopez and I thought she looked AMAZING! Cleavage and all 😉
You did not my dear. I loved trying and learned a few things lol!
Be still my heart. This a MAJORLY EXCELLENT recipe. I am impressed.
I’m loving this flavor combination Zainab, I could drink that gorgeous blackberry sauce!
Haha, I didn’t even watch the Oscars…. guess I’m kind of lame like that! I love the combination of the lemon and buttermilk in this pie — I am such a fan of tangy desserts!
Well hello there, lemon pie that I not so secretly want to hoard all to myself. 🙂
Hello there Julie 🙂
Can milk mixed in with lemon juice be used in the place of the buttermilk. What about just a plain lemon?
Rose, yes to both! But just keep in mind that the texture and flavor of the pie will be different with using just milk. Buttermilk has a thicker consistency. Make sure you check often during baking to determine if the pie is ‘setting’.
I didn’t have a chance to catch the Oscars but I did see some of the red carpet! So many beautiful gowns! Beautiful pie too! I love the meyer lemon and blackberry combo!
I LOVED the Oscars dresses this year!! Lupita looked STUNNING, as per usual, but Kerry and J-Lo also looked fabulous. I have been binge-purchasing meyer lemons and this pie looks so perfect for using some of them!
I am binge-purchasing too! And should seriously stop!
This pie… my wife would absolutely LOVE. She’s all about lemony desserts… maybe I need to win husband of the year and make this for her?!
Uhmmm you are already husband of the year but you know pie can only help!!
How much sugar goes in the crust? Directiions say to combine flour ,sugar and salt.
1 tablespoon. Sorry about that.
I make buttermilk pie all the time. But OMG!! That lemon looks like it will set if off! Thanks for sharing.