Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Pie is King

Cakes and other desserts are fine, but in my book, pie is king!
I love all kinds of pie. So, when I saw this old family recipe over at
Julie King Art, I had to give it a whirl. It was just as I imagined. It
took me back to a different time, a different day. If you like old
fashioned comfort food, as I do, you will love, love, love this recipe.
Thanks, Julie, for sharing!

Grandma J's Butterscotch Pie

1 firmly packed, heaping cup of light brown sugar
2 T butter
2 T flour
2 eggs
2 cups of milk (at least 2%)
1 baked pie shell
2 T of water
handful of granulated sugar

Separate 2 eggs by putting the whites into a medium mixing bowl.
Place the yolks into a 2 cup glass measuring cup. Fill the
measuring cup up with milk (slightly less than 2 cups) and beat the
yolks into the milk with a fork. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan or preferably an iron skillet, melt the 2 T
of butter. Add the brown sugar and cook on medium/high until
the mixture begins to bubble and caramelize. The color will turn
to a darker brown. Take off the heat and stir in the 2 T of flour.
Slowly, a little bit at a time, add the milk/egg yolk mixture.
Immediately put back on the stove and cook on medium
until the mixture thickens to a pudding-like consistency.
Pour into the pre-baked pie crust.

Add 2 T of water to the egg whites in the medium mixing bowl.
With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites on medium/high until
peaks form. Add a handful of sugar and beat until well mixed.
Use a plastic spatula to spoon the meringue onto the top of the
pudding in the pie crust. Make peaks on top of the pie so it looks
nice. Bake at 350 degrees until the top of the meringue is a nice
golden brown. (about six minutes) Let pie cool before cutting so
the pudding has a chance to set up.

I increased the recipe by 1/3 for a 10 inch pie.


  1. Willow: I want a bite of that great looking pie, now I;m hungry.

  2. I saw this too...can't believe you've already made it!

    My favorite pies are key lime, and rhubarb. I like it tart.

  3. Heavely day Willow.. Your pie looks scrumptous!....love the pattern on the dish.

  4. Yum! My favorite is having the leftovers for breakfast! Picking up a piece and biting makes it taste better, too...tee-hee! Would love some right now with my coffee. You're ruining my Cheerios, you know!

  5. I had my multigrain toast and tea. Then I just couldn't get that pie out of my head. So I had a teensy weensy little piece with my second cup of tea. Heavenly, heavenly.

    Sorry about the Cheerios. ;)

  6. Hi
    I'm so glad you came for a visit.I see that you live in England. We love England and have visited many times. I love a good cup of tea anytime of the day, so I've you visit again, I'll put the kettle on and we can have a good chat!
    I also like to read and am always looking for a new book so I'm going to check out some of your recommendations.
    I am really glad to meet you and will be back again.
    Oh, and the pie looks too yummy!

  7. Hi Rhondi, thanks for stopping by. I love England, too, but live here in the midwest. Yes, please do put the kettle on and lets have a nice chat. Let's have some pie, too. :)

  8. Hi again
    I just skimmed some of your older posts and you don't live in England! The older couple beside the tree looked English and one of the rooms looked like it was an English home and then I saw your side bar about a day without tea and jumped to a wrong conclusion. Guess I'm not a good detective!
    Feeling foolish :) Rhondi

  9. Rhondi, no problem, I'm flattered and take it as a compliment! :)

  10. OMG ! Yummmmm ! You know Butterscotch Pie was an old time favourite growing uo here in the Maritimes (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island & New Brunswick). I am definitely trying this one. As you know Willow ... I have quite a sweet tooth. Smile. Thanks !

  11. Oh. wow. And such a pretty confection, too! My mouth is watering...

  12. Willow, what a delicious looking pie. And this sounds so simple and I know I have everything on hand already....including frozen pre-baked pie dish. Hmmmm, I think I know what we'll be having for dessert on the weekend. Your pie looks scrumptious!

  13. Yummm....butterscotch! I've never attempted to make a butterscotch pie but the recipe sounds so easy I might try it.

    I've been trying not to eat desserts since I've been back from vacation, but I bought some Italian pastries this morning, as my daughter is coming over tonight for dinner and I thought I'd surprise her with her favorites.

    So happy you're enjoying Ireland --I wish I could have taken you along with me!

  14. Willow, pop over to the birdbath if you have a moment; I've got a dessert post up too, with 'historical' aspects.....

  15. oh...yummy!
    you do concoct fabulous things in your kitchen!!

    enjoy it!

  16. I don't think my husband would eat this but I will try...I hope for my sake I'm not left eating ALL the pie!!!

  17. Yummy! Everyone is talking about desserts this week. I love it!

    P.S. Over from Bill Stankus' site.

  18. oh, willow, your pie is just beautiful!!! my grandma j would be so very proud that her recipe is traveling the internet. of course, she would be asking, "what is the internet"? hee hee thanks for sharing this!!!

  19. Please come to my house and bake next time you feel the urge! It looks delicious!

  20. this looks great & when I can get all the ingredients here, I might have a go at it! hopefully it will turn out great like yours & julie's!

  21. I'm going to have to ditto the "fishing guy"... yummy!!!
    The Bach

  22. Golly! what is it with some of you lady's today? Your posts are all about deserts. Great pictures....but no explosion on the taste buds! It's about bed-time here...and now I want a snack!

  23. As in Tag, it looks like PIE IS IT!

    Jennifer at http://sayingyes.typepad.com/saying_yes/ just had a pie moment too.

    If I didn't blow-up eggs and melt pots and pans I might give your recipe a try - but the rescue services are too slow in reaching my potential nuked kitchen, so I'll remain a food voyeur.

    Willow, Kudos to you!

  24. OMG I am gonna have to make that and then work out the WW points. I have adored butterscotch since childhood and that looks DEElicious!

    Maybe not so much later on my butt though ;-)

  25. I like butterscotch pie. In fact, I don't think I've ever found a pie I didn't like. I'm sure there is one somewhere that I might turn down, but so far I haven't found it. :)

  26. The meringue on this pie looks perfect, Willow!

  27. Oh, man--that looks scrumptious! I'm off at a work retreat for 3 days, and just got in so I can finally get caught up on blogs and sites I enjoy, and this does my heart good! Maybe not my waistline, but my heart. I'll have to copy this down--it sounds fabulous. And Joe likes pie more than anything else, so I think I could let him have a piece or two as well. Whatta' you think?

  28. Pie is King... and you are QUEEN! What a beautiful creation that is... yum yum!

  29. Oh yumm, I love pie--that looks amazing. I thought it was a Lemon Meringue first which is my absolute favourite.

  30. Your house looks heavenly, and so does the butterscotch pie and blackberry muffins. I took the recipes and will try them. Thanks!


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