What Is Butterscotch Pie?
Butterscotch pie is a luxurious dessert made with a cooked butterscotch custard placed into flaky, buttery pastry crust and served topped with toasted meringue or fresh whipped cream. The butterscotch filling tastes like rich, smooth, caramel-y amazingness with the brown sugar adding depth and boldness. Not being a fan of toasted meringue, I chose to top my pie with fresh whipped cream... with a kick. I added a touch of Bailey's Irish Cream to elevate the whole pie-eating experience to areas never before explored.
What Do You Need To Make This Pie?
- Pie Crust: You only need a bottom crust for butterscotch pie, so I turned to a classic and used a half recipe of Julia Child's pie crust recipe (which will never fail you). You can use your favorite standard crust recipe, or you can even use a refrigerated rolled crust.
- Butter and Sugar: I use unsalted butter and light brown sugar, firmly packed when measured.
- Flour: Some recipes for butterscotch pie use cornstarch as the thickener, but I've used flour here instead.
- Eggs and Milk: I used large eggs and 2% milk. You can use any milk that you like, even non-dairy options. The higher the fat content of the milk, the richer the pie filling will be.
- Vanilla Extract and a Pinch of Salt: Two things that are always welcome in any dessert on my plate.
- Heavy Cream, Powdered Sugar, and Bailey's Irish Cream: Just three ingredients to create the incredible whipped cream topping for this pie. It only takes a couple of tablespoons of Bailey's to punch the flavor - that's all you need!
- A 9-inch pie dish like this one or this one
- Dry beans, rice, or pie weights for par-baking the crust.
Does The Pie Crust Need To Be Baked First?
Yes, the filling will only need to bake for a short time (par baking), so you will need the crust to be completely baked and cooled before you add the butterscotch filling. Make sure to weigh down your crust using dried beans, rice, or pie weights to keep the crust from bubbling and shrinking away from the pie dish when baking.
Does Butterscotch Pie Need To Be Refrigerated?
Yes, because of the custard filling you will need to store any leftovers in the refrigerator. The fresh whipped cream will start to wilt and/or separate after a day or two, so if you want to make sure this exceptional pie is eaten at its peak, invite a few friends over and polish it off!
Whoa, Why Does This Take So Long To Make?
A pie like this made completely from scratch is a bit of a labor of love, so you will be in the kitchen for a while, especially when making the custard as it can take 45 minutes or even a touch longer to thicken up. I recommend using the time to catch up on your favorite show - that's what I do! You can also make the pie crust at a different time to break up the long stretch of baking. Even though it's a longer process, this is not a difficult pie, and the results are so worth it!Print
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