Peanut Brittle Buttermilk Pie

Peanut Brittle Adds Flare to a Plain Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie is a very old recipe originating in England, blending the smooth flavours of buttermilk with the sweetness and crunch of peanuts is a new recipe of mine.  Whenever I make a buttermilk pie. I can imagine a woman churning butter from cream, looking at the leftover buttermilk and wondering, “Now what am I suppose to do with you?”

Please don’t let the word buttermilk scare you off, this is a delicious mellow tasting pie that doesn’t compete with the flavour of the peanut brittle.

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I love this recipe because the ingredients are so simple.

Buttermilk Pie

You will need:

Single Pie Crust

1 cup sugar

4 1/2 tbsp flour

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/3 cup butter, melted

3 eggs, well beaten

tsp vanilla


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Line your pie plate with crust.  Make your own favorite recipe, purchase a crust or if you like here is my recipe.  In a large bowl mix together sugar and flour.  In the second bowl add buttermilk, melted butter, beaten eggs, and vanilla.  Whisk well.  Make well in sugar and flour, pour in the buttermilk mixture, blend.

Pour into shell, bake at 425 for 10 min. Lower temperature to 350 and bake another 30 min.  The center of the pie will jiggle a little bit when baked.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Whipped Cream

2 cups whipping cream

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Whip the cream until soft peaks form, add sugar.  Beat at high speed until hard peaks form.  Add vanilla and whip until incorporated.  Place on the pie.

Peanut Brittle

You can purchase peanut brittle if you like, chop it up and serve on the pie.    I prefer the homemade version as I make mine with lots of peanuts.  But of course the purchased brittle allows you to skip the candy making.

I have had my peanut brittle recipe since the 70’s, it comes from the Sacred Heart Church in Prince George, BC.  This recipe was my go-to gift for teachers, friends at work and family who begged for it.

Please note that peanut brittle gets extremely hot, you cook it to hard crack stage about (305 F).  I don’t make it when anyone is around the kitchen and I don’t leave it unattended, I stay at the stove.

Otherwise brittle is easy peasy to make, if you can make fudge, you can make peanut brittle.  This is a large recipe so you will have a dish of candy leftover as a bonus.

You will need:

2 cups sugar

1 c white syrup

1/2 cup water

2 cups unsalted peanuts

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp butter

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Place sugar, syrup and water in a saucepan, cook over medium heat until hard crack stage. (task a tsp of hot syrup and drizzle into cold water, if its hard and crackly its done, or use a candy thermometer and cook to 305 F degrees.  It will be a light golden colour.  At this stage, it will burn quickly.

Add the butter and the peanuts. Then add baking soda, it will foam. Spread out in a thin layer on a well-buttered pan.  Don’t touch it, it’s extremely hot.

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To get threads for the top of the pie.  Once it has started to cool, pull off little sections using a set of tongs.  It will form long candy threads.

Alternatively, you can let the peanut brittle cool completely, then break it into little chunks and scatter over the top of the cream.

The crunch of the brittle adds an interesting texture to the creamy pie.

My family loves this pie.  It is so worth the time you put into it.



Buttermilk Pie with Peanut Brittle topping.


Easy buttermilk pie with peanut brittle topping.


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23 thoughts on “Peanut Brittle Buttermilk Pie

  1. I wanted to stop and say hello and say how delicious this recipe is. I am a big fan of peanut recipes and this caught my eye.
    It just sounds amazing. Will pin too.

  2. This is a beautiful Pie, and what a great combination. I really wish I could have a slice of this pie right now. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. There aren’t many people who make peanut brittle which is a shame. Its fun inexpensive and tasty.

      Enjoy your week. Leanna

    1. Hi Mimi: I am really proud of this recipe. Its light without being bland and the peanut brittle adds a fun texture. Please let me know how your family likes it.

    1. Hi Florence: Keep going on your food plan, good for you. This pie can wait until you have a special occasion.

      Thank you very much for both the pin and the comment. I appreciate both.

  3. You aren’t kidding the pie ingredients are simple, but making candy? I haven’t tried that before! I know I would love this pie as well as my hubby. We grabbed a bag of home made brittle on the closing day of Silver Dollar City in the Candy Shop. YUM.

  4. I really had no idea of the origins of buttermilk pie. My grandmother made them and something similar she calls a “Jeff Davis” pie. I just remember loving both these pies as a kid.

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