Butterscotch Pie

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions

In a large saucepan over medium heat, add sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt. Slowly add milk, constantly stirring until it thickens.

In a separate bowl temper 2 egg yolks by whisking in a small amount of hot mixture to bowl. Whisk in the eggs and add the butter and vanilla. Allow to cook for a few minutes.

Pour into a dish and refrigerate, allowing to cool. When ready, fill pie shell with butterscotch mixture.

Mix the butterscotch morsels into the whipped cream. Cover pie and garnish with more butterscotch morsels.

Whipped Cream:

Using a hand mixer, whip together the heavy cream and sugar until light and fluffy.


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I tried and seem to have failed on creating this pie, though I was careful to follow all the instructions to the letter. What I got was light brown, kind of curdled, and didn't really taste like butterscotch (its not unpleasant, but is basically sweet goo). I may have cooked it for longer than I should have after adding the eggs but I was tasting the whole time and it never came close to butterscotch flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'll say the recipe description is a little vague, I was a little confused what to do with the eggs, when to add them in and stuff, but I watched a video on YouTube and it described what to do. It also doesn't specify what kind of milk, I just ended up using whole milk. I was a little worried at first with the 4 cups of milk because it seemed like a lot of liquid and I know the it's not suppose to be watery, but after a while, a long while, it started to thicken. It says a 9 inch pie crust, but it was too small for all the filling that the recipe calls for. I think the crust needs to be 10 inches or more. Also, you don't need to put the filling in a bowl to cool down, you can put it in the pie crust and let it cool from there. Its a really sweet pie, so if you don't want to add the butterscotch morsels if you don't want to. Other than that, I would say it's a great pie for holidays or any occasion. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed this recipe to a T - everything EXACT and it never would thicken enough. It remained very runny. Wasted ingredients. Very disappointed as it was for my husband's birthday. I am an experienced cook and usually LOVE all Paula's recipes but this one just did not work. I think the ingredients need adjustment....more cornstarch perhaps but will not ever make this pie again. Wish I had read the reviews. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!! gotta read the recipe people, it is easy and quick. No butterscotch in the pie ..........lol............... Just in the whipped cream item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out nice. No one I knew had ever even heard of a butterscotch pie, but its now something I make every year (I've been making this 2 or 3 years now). But leave out the morsels, its sweet enough as it is, and it would affect the texture of the creamy smooth pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First thing that I say to the people that didn't get this Recipe, you probably should be baking frozen pies From the grocery store. I loved this pie. I am a novice baker and I had no trouble making This recipe. I changed A couple of things,I like to cut corners on sugar, I used Splenda brown sugar blend in place of the brown sugar for the filling and regular Splenda in the topping replacing the powdered sugar. I replaced 2 cups of the milk with 2 cups of coconut milk. The pie came out terrific it was very tasty and my family and friends loved it. I will make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What's with the color? Paula's was that bright rusty, butterscotch color and mine turned out "tannish". Was disappointed to say the least. Custard filling does NOT call for butterscotch morsels. Where did you get that idea??? will NOT make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it is very tasty. Very simplie. low calories. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this pie was terrific. I followed the recipe exactly as it was written, and it turned out beautifully. Lots of compliments from my family! Looking forward to having it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The filling was OK, but the topping didn't turn out at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
tateyest pie yet paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've aways enjoyed Paula's recipes but this one is lacking flavor. The texture is off and really needed help. I added butter and an extra egg yolk but it still was flat. Finally added the butterscotch chips to the filling and that helped. Most cooked pie fillings state how low to cook (2 minutes but this one doesn't. Will not make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those of you that aren't reading the recipe, you DO NOT put butterscotch morsels INTO THE PIE. They go into the whipped cream. The custard is the butterscotch in the pie. This pie probably needs a gas stove for the temperature changes. It was good, but I have an electric stove, so it took a whole lot longer to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What an easy recipe to follow! The pie I made came out wonderfully. I followed the instructions and wow what a great looking and tasting pie. It was a hit. Thank you Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice easy receipe. If you follow this instructions it makes a lovely pie. Remember to temper the eggs or they may cook when you add them to the hot mixture and not thicken up well. I also cheat sometimes and add a little extra cornstarch is I'm pressed for time to make sure that pie sets up firm. Also let your pie shell cool completey after you bake it. I leave the butterscotch chips out of the whip cream because the custard is plenty sweet for us. But a handful sprinkled on top for looks is great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ms. Paula, PLEASE STEP UP AND CORRECT THIS RECIPE. No one can afford to waste expensive ingredients or time on a poorly constructed recipe. I have never seen a pre-cooked pie shell in a grocery store, so I bought a ready-made shell, baked it & let it cool. NOWHERE does it say when to put butterscotch morsels into the pie filling. I added them to the filling mixture at the same time as the butter and vanilla. The recipe does not specify the type of milk. I know to use WHOLE milk for custard pies. Bottom line, my pie was ok, but there are just too many specific instructions left out for a novice cook (or even an experienced one to get wrong. You have a responsibility to your viewers and all those who support you and your shows. I look forward to the corrected recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It tasted great but did not set. It was like pudding. What did I do wrong? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow I just made it and put it into the pie crust. And I loved it. My grandma and I worked on it together and afterwords we licked the bowl. I'm thinking about making one for a work meeting. Thanks Paula. <3 item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow was this good! Made it for Sunday dessert and everyone loved it. I followed recipe except I put 3 eggs yolks and 3 tablesoons of butter as I wanted a meringue top. It wasn't overly sweet and it set up fine. Will be making this again Thanks Paula‚ô• item not reviewed by moderator and published
I FOLLOWED THE RECIPE TO THE POINT, AND IT TURNED OUT GREAT! I DO HAVE A GAS STOVE MAYBE THATS THE DIFFERENT. FRIST TIME I EVER MADE A Butterscotch pie. I LOVE PAULA! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great pie, every thing taste better when cooked with southern love added to the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderfully delicious pie. This is just like my Grandmas recipe. Yummy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must say I was concern when I saw the amount of flour and that the pudding would have an after taste of flour. Sure enough it did have an after taste of flour. Paula, I was surprised that you would include so much flour in a butterscotch pie. Oh well, there you are..................... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this pie...as the recipe states...on an elec stove top with no problem! It thickened, and taste GREAT. The other comments need to pay closer attention to the name of the episode.....SOUTHERN SPIN.....ya see, in the south the #1 most important part of cooking is LOVE. And I just have to say....to the person who was embarrassed when she served the pie to her guest....the #2 most important part of cooking....taste it before you serve it....dummy! I'm just sayin..................................... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This butterscotch pie recipe is just like the one my mother used to make. Is a wonderful recipe it takes me back to my childhood. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just watched this episode, and contrary to what other people have posted, the ingredient amounts in the recipe match exactly what Paula said on the show. However, I believe the amounts are off. I don't know much about making cream/custard pies, but I compared this recipe to some other reliable sources for butterscotch pie, and the other recipes all used less milk, less sugar, more egg yolks, more cornstarch, and NO flour. Also, for the pie filling to set up correctly, apparently it is very important to cool the filling to WARM before pouring it into the pie crust--NOT cold or hot (after pouring it in, of course, the pie is refrigerated till completely cool). I also agree with a previous reviewer that it is much more difficult to make this on an electric stove; in fact that's why I rarely try to make anything like this dish anymore that requires a quick change in heat and/or a steady, even temperature on the stovetop. My electric stove just won't cooperate that way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading the reviews, I used two heaping tablespoons of cornstarch and 3 egg yolks. It was super yummy and was just the right consistency. Also, I did not use any butterscotch chips in the whip cream. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I first started cooking, custard recipes (like this on) were the bane of my existence. I poured many of them down the sink! Recipes (and chefs) never tell you the problem: Most TV cooks, as well as most professional cooks, use gas ranges. Gas gets hot, fast. Electric burners just do not. This recipe uses fairly standard ratios of liquid to starch to egg, but if you use Medium heat with an electric range burner, it may never thicken. I start with Medium high, and watch the pot like a hawk. I don't walk away, or get distracted, and I stir fairly often. The flour and cornstarch are in correct proportions, especially since the recipe also features egg yolks. If you are afraid of that much heat, be prepared to wait a long time before it thickens. item not reviewed by moderator and published
a recipe is the formula for success. this recipe is a failure. adjust the starch and flour as many have posted. i made the custard twice. no need to waste my money or your celebrity image with geeeestimates. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a huge fan.I love Paula.I watch her shows at any chance I get.But,this recipe was horrible.I think the measurements were incorrect.I have made many things from Paula's cookbook that were great,except maybe one or two that were I'm sure my fault,but this was the worst.It was the consistency of almost water. I had to put it back on the stove and add more flour and cornstarch.It still didn't taste like butterscotch at all. I just wish somebody would fix the recipe and I agree with one of the others who did a review,it needs to be alot more clear on the times of cooking.Oh,and about the morsels,you add those to the whipping cream,not the pie itself,then you spread it on the finished and cooled pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This pie was delicious. I served it to my Saturday night poker group and they all went crazy for it. One guy ate 3 pieces. I did take someones advice and added an extra tbsp of cornstarch. It set up perfectly. I did decide to make it richer and added an extra 2 tbsp of butter. I will definately make this again and again item not reviewed by moderator and published
i WAS VERY EMBARRASSED WHEN I SERVED THIS PIE TO MY GUESTS AND IT FELL ALL OVER THE PLATE. I TRUSTED THIS COOKING GURU AND HAD WORRIED THE MIGHT BEFORE ABOUT THE THICKNESS OF THE CUSTARD. THE TASTE WAS GREAT, BUT CUSTARD WAS A DISASTER. THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST ENTERTAINING DISASTERS I HAVE HAD AND THE FIRST TIME I HAVE USED MS. DEEN. item not reviewed by moderator and published
for being an "easy" level recipe, this recipe was very vague and was not easy. this is one of the first pies i had every made, which is why i wanted to use an "easy" recipe. 1. it never said when to put in morsels 2. there were no time amounts for the thickening or on the whipped cream or on the refrigeration. what i ended up with tasted way too sweet and not like butterscotch pie. it looked so easy on tv but was not translated well in the recipe. an easy level recipe should be more explainatory for us "inexperienced" cooks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not sure why everyone had problems with this recipe. I followed it exactly and it came out great. It took a little while to thicken, but it did without any modification. Recipe was perfect as-is, will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As in the other comments-Flour and cornstarch show incorrect amounts. Also it doesn't tell you when to add the butterscotch morsels. I think it is obvious, but to novice cooks this could be a disaster. All in all the pie is delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I already deleted the show, but I also think that it was 1/4 cup of cornstarch instead of the 1 tablespoon written. I really loved the show itself, and thought that it was one of the better shows. I love Zakk! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WHEN I MADE THIS IT DID NOT THICKEN SO I PUT IT BACK ON THE HEAT AND ADDED A LITTLE MORE FLOUR AND CORNSTARCH. AFTER IT COOLED IT WAS PERFECT . I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THIS EPISODE AGAIN AND SHE USES 1 CUP OF FLOUR NOT HALF. ENJOY!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pie did not get as thick as I wanted, its very sweet! Was tasty but I could not eat much. Good luck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has a really nice flavor. The only problem I had was that it would'nt thicken. I made it and cooked it as directed and put it in the fridge for 4 hours. It still was the consistency of hersey's chocolate syrup. So I re-heated it, then I heated a little milk and put some cornstarch in it, and then added it to the reheated butterscotch mixture. Then I put it back in the fridge for several hours. This was better. Still not super thick, but definately worked for the pie. good, good flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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