Cinnamon Buttermilk Pie

Welcome to Dual Spires, have a slice of cinnamon buttermilk pie…

Cinnamon Buttermilk Pie by Nutmeg Nanny {Inspired by #Psych}

Wedding planning is starting to become exhausting.  Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the planning but I hate dealing with companies. They always find a way to ruin my day. Here is my latest annoyance. Right next door to my venue is a Marriott Courtyard hotel. I call the other day and ask about blocking off rooms for the wedding.  I was then told the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. They refuse to offer a discount (which I’m ok with) but they also refuse to offer a block of rooms because “it’s a busy time of the year.” What? A busy time of the year? Of course it’s busy. It’s New York. How is that even a legitimate answer? Rooms area always released 60 days before an event so it’s not like they run the risk of not selling those rooms.

So, what is a girl to do?

Call the Holiday Inn Express down the street, talk to a really nice manager who offers up a block with discounted rate. In the end it worked out but I’m still annoyed. Then again, I’m almost always annoyed.

Cinnamon Buttermilk Pie by Nutmeg Nanny {Inspired by #Psych}

Now, because I was annoyed I decided to make pie. I wasn’t sure of what type of pie to make until I remembered something I saw on the TV show “Psych.”  In the episode “Dual Spires” they not only paid homage to the awesome show “Twin Peaks” they also introduced me to the idea of cinnamon pie.

Cinnamon pie…yes please!

I had to figured out a way to make this happen…stat!

I decided that the best pie to jazz up would be buttermilk pie. It was an easy vehicle to use and it turned out delicious! It also made the house smell amazing. It was a perfect combination!

Cinnamon Buttermilk Pie by Nutmeg Nanny {Inspired by #Psych}


Cinnamon Buttermilk Pie

Yield: 1 large pie or 6 mini tarts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 75 minutes

Total Time: 90 minutes


For Pie:
4 eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter - melted
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
2 teaspoon cinnamon (you can add more if you want)

For Graham Cracker Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons butter - melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


For Pie:
Preheat oven 325 degrees

Beat eggs slightly. Add sugar and flour. Then add melted butter and mix well. Next add buttermilk, vanilla paste and cinnamon. Pour into graham shell and cook until custard is set - approximately 1 hour.

For Graham Cracker Crust:
Mix all together and press into 9 inch pie plate. Pre-bake the crust 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

*If you like a firmer crust I would definitely recommend not doing a graham crust and instead using your favorite pie crust. Also, I made my pies into little tarts instead of one large 9 inch pie. Reduce cooking time by about 20 minutes if you do the same. The pies are ready when they are set but still a little jiggly. Like a pumpkin pie.

47 Responses to “Cinnamon Buttermilk Pie”

  1. #
    Deborah — January 10, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Oooh, I remember wedding planning like it was yesterday. Good luck – it will all be over before you know it! And this pie? I need a slice. Right now!

  2. #
    hungryandfrozen — January 10, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Sorry to hear your wedding plans have been stressful – I guess it’s par for the course, but yeah, busy season in New York? Who says that?!

    YAY Twin Peaks 😀 This pie sounds just incredible and I love that it has a cheesecake style crust, at least you don’t have to stress about making pastry on top of everything else 🙂

  3. #
    Veronica Miller — January 10, 2012 at 3:23 am

    When is your wedding? Sorry the planning has been getting to you, I swear weddings are more stressful than enjoyable for the couple! lol! The pie to ever, looks wonderful and a perfect end to sweeten a stressful day.

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    Erica — January 10, 2012 at 5:57 am

    So irritating! It always drove me nuts that once a vendor heard the word wedding, it would cost double… I heart that crust!! And cinnamon rocks-what a great treat

    • Lois replied: — March 10th, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

      I am a caterer and just for your information it
      Does cost more for a wedding because it is very labor
      Intense. Perfection takes time. I’m making the pie
      Right now by your recipe to try it for an upcoming
      Event. Thanks!! Good luck w your plans!

  5. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 10, 2012 at 7:20 am

    That’s so annoying. They sound stuck up. I hope they get barely any business and they look back and think, “I could’ve had her wedding party & guests” haha 😉 the treat you made looks delicious! I could have a couple of those in one sitting..

  6. #
    Jessica — January 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Cinnamon is definitely one of my favorite flavors, it warms my soul and makes my mouth happy 🙂

    And buttermilk pie, well that’s just classic food porn! So put the two together, and you’ve got perfection!! Brandy you are always so smart!!! 🙂

    And the hotel thing = super annoying!!!!! UGH!!!! Glad you got it settled though 🙂

  7. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — January 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Ugh, talking on the phone to any corporate representative never fails to give me a headache. Kudos to you for finding a helpful Holiday Inn alternative.

    Also these look deeeelish. I had buttermilk pie for the first time (?!) this past fall, and I think the addition of cinnamon flavor would be pretty bangin’…I’m also a total sucker for graham cracker crust. Sometimes I’m fairly sure I’d just eat the crust straight up. Not that I’ve ever done that before. Or anything.

  8. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — January 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I love Psych! This looks so delicious! Pinning!

  9. #
    Cheri @ KzooKitchen — January 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Yep, so Pinning this to add to my repertoire.

  10. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I love Psych too, we never miss it. Your pie is gorgeous and I must try it!

  11. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — January 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Wedding planning, while fun, can sometimes be the pits, can’t it? At least there is pie to get us through!!! This looks fab!

  12. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I love anything in a graham crust! This looks fantastic! Sorry wedding planning is stressing you out – that’s why I eloped! 😛

  13. #
    Marla — January 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Love that you added buttermilk to these pies…always a favorite in baking!

  14. #
    Tracy — January 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I love Psych, and this pie is amazing! Sorry to hear about your wedding planning troubles. Glad you found a new hotel though, and I hope the old one is kicking themselves later for turning you away. 😉

  15. #
    Samantha — January 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    You are a genius. Twin Peaks and Psych. Cinnamon pie & apple cider or cherry pie and “damn fine” coffee? Both please.

  16. #
    Cassie — January 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I love buttermilk pie. Cinnamon is an amazing addition. Well done with this one! And good luck with the wedding planning…I thought it was fun but was glad that it was over!

  17. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — January 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Can I have a bite? Looks delish Brandy.

  18. #
    J.J. — January 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I’m so glad you got your hotel mess figured out. Sounds like you are kicking butt with the planning! Also, that pie looks amazing! Cinnamon is my absolute favorite and this recipe looks like pure bliss. I might have to try this asap, if not sooner!

  19. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Oh man this sounds awesome. And I love that it’s in a smallish portion so I don’t go too crazy. Sorry you’re getting frustrated with companies and vendors. It happens… it’s why a lot of people after the fact wish they had just eloped 😉 It’ll be worth it though.

  20. #
    Meghan — January 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Dealing with people can be so annoying! These little pies look awesome! I don’t think I ever tried buttermilk pie, it sounds so good with the cinnamon!

  21. #
    Mimi — January 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I like how you take out your frustrations in the kitchen… delicious pie! Good luck with the wedding planning, soon it will all be a blur.

  22. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — January 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    What a perfectly delicious sounding pie! Buttermilk and cinnamon – two of my most favorite ingredients. Hope the planning gets easier from here on out 🙂

  23. #
    Micaela P. — January 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    did you prebake that graham crust? This pie sounds so good… I want to make it tomorrow but don’t have regular grahams (do have chocolate) and don’t have vanilla paste, just good extract. What do you think? I think the chocolate would work with the cinnamon, more worried about liquid ratio of paste vs. extract.

    • admin replied: — January 10th, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

      Hi Micaela!

      I would pre-bake the crust. About 15 minutes on 350 degrees. I will make sure to add that to the recipe 🙂

      Vanilla paste is actually a little liquidity so substituting extract will not be a problem. You could also use the fresh beans from a vanilla bean if you have them.

      The chocolate crust sounds good! You could even add a little cinnamon to graham crust to bring the flavors together. Hope you really enjoy the pie…let me know 🙂

  24. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — January 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Love this idea! Love Psych!!! Good luck with the wedding planning. It can be work sometimes.

  25. #
    Joanne — January 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    ugh I’m SO sorry girl! Sometimes people and vendors are just so weird…and unpleasant…and uncompromising.

    In fact…I’m getting so irritated at them that now I’m craving pie as well! Guess I need to make this…cinnamon heaven.

  26. #
    foodwanderings — January 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Gotta tell ya, I love the art of making crusts and it is not simple to get it as right as you did. Love this!!

  27. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Ooo, yeah I remember those wedding planning days, not fun. Glad you got it sorted out in the end.

  28. #
    Lenore — January 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I’ve never had a buttermilk pie before…or even heard of one…but this looks SO good. Plus I love how you used the mini tart pans…so cute!

    I do NOT miss the crazy stress of wedding planning, but it is SO worth it when it all comes together!

  29. #
    Tiffany — January 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    No fun! I would think they would be more accomodating to get your business! I am sorry, but something will work out even better.

    These little pies look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Yum.

  30. #
    Terra — January 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I imagine that pie probably helps make anyone feel better, but this pie “Oh My!” I love the flavors in your gorgeous pie:-) Cinnamon is my favorite spice, and hear that buttermilk pies are pretty fantastic:-) Take care, Terra

  31. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — January 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    oh my cinnamon pie 🙂 looks wonderful!

  32. #
    Diana @ a girl, a dog & an oven — January 15, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I remember wedding planning…I remember wishing I enjoyed it more, like girls are supposed to. Good luck!

    This pie looks so yummy, I must make it immediately. Yay!

  33. #
    kyleen — January 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Good luck with the wedding planning! I look forward to it.
    Love this pie; it looks so delicious.

  34. #
    DessertForTwo — January 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I could eat two of these! They look delicious!

    Good luck with wedding planning!

  35. #
    christina @ ovenadventures — January 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    these sounds so good. i swear i can almost smell it through the screen. i have been having a crazy craving for cinnamon lately and i think i just found my fix.

  36. #
    Aggie — January 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Wedding planning IS exhausting! I remember…

    I’m such a sucker for cinnamon! These look so heavenly…wish I could stick my spoon in and take a bite, right now!

  37. #
    Michelle — February 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! My husband & I just watched that episode last night and that was my whole reason for my web search for Cinnamon Pie today!!!! I’m not only happy that I found this yummy pie, but that it was inspired by Psych….they really made that pie look good 🙂 You Rock!!!

  38. #
    Valerie — March 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I was looking for a cinnamon pie recipe after watching the same episode of Psych. Yours was the best looking one of the bunch. I made it the other day and it was incredible. Thank you for whipping the recipe up!

    • admin replied: — March 18th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

      Hi Valerie,

      I’m so glad you liked the pie! Have a great Sunday!!!

      – Brandy

  39. #
    Stephanie B — November 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I JUST saw that episode of Psych and immediately did a search for cinnamon pie! The pictures you put up were just like what I saw in the show–not cinnamon bun pie, which was everywhere. I can’t wait to make this! Thank you for doing the leg work 🙂

  40. #
    Page — July 4, 2014 at 1:25 am

    wound up here after watching Psych and just had to find a cinnamon pie recipe!!! I’m sensitive to gluten, and choose to lessen my dairy consumption. I used a locally made gluten-free crust, used brown sugar instead of white, used Cloud Nine gluten free all purpose flour, coconut milk, vanilla extract and 3 teaspoons of cinnamon. it turned out AMAZING!!! although there was more filling than would fit in my pie (I could only find an 8 inch, fairly shallow – might make a second one with the leftovers!!!) it was the right color, right consistency, right everything! although I think it could have used a little more cinnamon!!! otherwise, perfect! for other gluten free folks, this CAN be made, easily!!!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — July 12th, 2014 @ 10:10 am

      Hooray! Psych lovers unite 🙂 I’m so glad you made this gluten free…it sounds amazing!

  41. #
    Sara Reed — November 20, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Hi I made your recipe in a 9″ pie dish and the flavor was great, but the pie shrunk and the top pooled with what looked like oil or water. Do you know what I did wrong?


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