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Homemade Butterscotch Pie

Homemade butterscotch pie

One of the first things I learned to bake was Butterscotch Pie. Granny often made cream-pies for us kids. Most of the time, she used a box of pudding and a store bought crust so that she could whip up one in a hurry. But sometimes Granny made homemade Butterscotch pie and I fell in love with its rich nutty sweet taste.

I’ve made lots of Butterscotch Pies since the first one so many years ago. Sometimes my filling would run right out of the crust onto the plate when I cut a slice, but that didn’t keep me from making them. Over the years, I tried various recipes but didn’t have much luck with them setting up either.

I like to make homemade Chocolate Cream Pies too-more specifically I like to make Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Cream Pie-which always comes out perfectly. One day it occurred to me, all I needed to do was ditch the cocoa in Aunt Faye’s pie and swap the white sugar for brown sugar and I’d have me a Butterscotch Pie that set up like it was supposed to. I gave my theory a try, and it worked. I’ve been making Butterscotch Pie that way ever since.

Butterscotch pie

 

 

Tipper and Aunt Faye’s Butterscotch Pie

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon plain flour (all purpose)
  • 3 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks beaten (reserve whites for meringue)
  • baked pie shell

Old timey butterscotch pie

 

Mix brown sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt in the top of a double boiler. I don’t have a double boiler-nor a bowl big enough to use as one-so I use a large pot-watching it carefully to keep it from scorching.

Add milk slowly-stirring constantly. Once the mixture thickens, temper the eggs with a little of the hot mixture. Then add tempered eggs back to the pot along with the vanilla and continue stirring until the mixture is very thick.

Remove thickened mixture from the heat and beat well. Aunt Faye said beating the mixture made the pie filling light and fluffy. Pour mixture into a prebaked 9 inch pie shell.

Use the 2 reserved egg whites along with sugar to taste, to make meringue for the pie and brown topping in oven. Or you could whip up a batch of whipped cream and serve the pie with a dollop of it.

Chill pie in refrigerator before serving.

Grandmothers butterscotch pie

 

Butterscotch Pie and a glass of cold milk is definitely one of the good things in life.

Tipper

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Ed Ammons
    March 17, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Today I came across a .com I hadn’t seen before. It has beautiful twin girls who sing and play my kind of music. After reading through the front page and looking at all the pictures thereon, I clicked on Photos. More picture of the twain doing what they do so well. One picture caught my attention. A bottle of Nehi Orange. Then later the bottle cap. How interesting I thought! Then I go on but stop and go back. What an interesting picture. I want to pin it into Pinterest. Don’t know how! Oh well, it’s still a great picture!
    Wait! What’s that? There is a little shiny ring on that finger. Looks like one of my creations. Can it be? I think it is! And I almost missed it.
    Today has been a wonderful day!

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    Pamela Danner
    March 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Mmm-Mmm, this looks so good. I am going to have to try this. Thank you so much for posting your yummy recipes!
    Pam,
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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    Eldonna Ashley
    March 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    It sounds fabulous. Butterscotch is a favorite flavor for me.

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    Melissa P (Misplaced Southerner)
    March 16, 2015 at 11:48 am

    This sounds SO yummy, and my dear husband is a pushover for butterscotch. I think I’ll have to whip one of these up for him this weekend! Thanks – as always – for the terrific ideas!

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    Ken
    March 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Tipper,
    Everyone try to wear something
    GREEN tomorrow…Ken

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    Ken
    March 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Tipper,
    The Butterscotch Pie looks great
    but that is one taste I don’t care for. Matter of fact, I don’t even like Butterscotch Candy.
    I make Chocolate Pies often and now I’m about founderd on it. Lately, maybe it’s just the season, but I took a cravin’ for Strawberry Cup Cake…Ken

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    Shirl
    March 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I made Aunt Faye’s Chocolate Pie and took it to a dinner where twenty of us girls get together once a month. I heard a lot of them ask “who brought the chocolate pie?” They will be eating butterscotch pie next month!
    I was in a baking mood yesterday, so I whipped up Miss Cindy’s sheet cake. Since I’m still on Weight Watchers, I had to get it out of the house…quickly. My daughter’s chocolate loving family hasn’t given feedback yet.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Tip, I had trouble with cream pies too, sometimes they came out great and sometimes they didn’t thicken enough. I finally just gave up making them.
    I think a homemade chocolate cream pie is a wonderful thing, and coconut, and butterscotch, and vanilla, and….well you get the picture.

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    b. Ruth
    March 16, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Tipper,
    My Mother used to make a graham cracker crust. She would press it into whatever was handy, square or round pie pan, metal or glass. Sometimes she cooked the butterscotch or chocolate filling for the pie. A lot of the time, for a quick dessert she used pudding mix. It never set like the cooked variety but ate just the same…
    Might try this recipe soon.
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Sue Crane
    March 16, 2015 at 8:39 am

    would sure enjoy a piece of that pie while I’m listening to Down the Escalante. It’s nice having the music back.

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    Alice Franks
    March 16, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Your butterscotch pie is one I will have to try.
    When a recipe calls for a double boiler I just put a little water in a black iron frying pan and set my pot down in it and get to stirring. Works like a charm.

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    dolores
    March 16, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Yummyy, right in the mouth to the tummy! Okay, never made one, but now I am tempted to try. Golly! I sure hope you are getting that cook book together.

  • Reply
    Sheryl Paul
    March 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Both pies sound great.

  • Reply
    Sheryl Paul
    March 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Both pies sound great.

  • Reply
    Sheryl Paul
    March 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Both pies sound great.

  • Reply
    Sheryl Paul
    March 16, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Both pies sound great.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    March 16, 2015 at 7:21 am

    My Aunt Pauline Dyer was the “wizard” in our family who always took the prize for Butterscotch Pie. She always brought her delicious Butterscotch Pies to family reunions, and when we’d go to her house for a visit, if she knew ahead when we were coming, we could expect for dessert her famous Butterscotch Pie!

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    March 16, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Tipper: This post is enough to tempt me into trying to make your HOMEMADE BUTTERSCOTCH PIE! Hope you have sunshine today.
    Eva Nell

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