My Grandma Barbra mentioned to me that she would love a butterscotch pie with meringue on top. I really wanted to make one for her, but I haven’t really “experimented” with butterscotch a lot – because I don’t like it! Much like coconut – I’ve never liked butterscotch… At least I didn’t think I did.
Grandma told me she usually used a recipe in her old “Kennard Friends Church” cookbook from her friend Glenna Womack. I found the recipe, and decided to give it a try.
I’m so glad I did! It resulted in a delicious pie that my Grandma Barbra absolutely loved! And – it made a butterscotch fan out of me…something I didn’t think could happen.
The pie crust recipe is my Grandma Barbra’s recipe. The butterscotch filling, and meringue is Glenna’s recipes. Shout-out and special thanks to Glenna for allowing me to share with all of you, her recipe…
Glenna’s Butterscotch Pie with Meringue
For the pie crust…
1 cup white all-purpose flour
1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons ice water
For the butterscotch filling…
3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/3 cup white all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups white whole milk
3 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons salted butter
For the meringue topping…
3 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons white granulated sugar
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
Make the pie crust by combining the white all-purpose flour, solid vegetable shortening and salt in a large bowl with a fork or pastry cutter. You can also use your fingers. What you are looking for here, are small “gravel-like” pieces to ensure that the shortening is throughout and combined. Next, add the ice water and stir together until a ball of dough forms. Take the dough, and place between two pieces of parchment paper.
Roll the dough until about 1/2-inch thick, between the pieces of parchment. Once rolled to 1/2-inch thickness, gently peel off the top piece of parchment paper. Place your 9-inch pie plate on top of dough, bottom of the pie plate facing you, and flip over. Gently remove the parchment, and lightly tuck your pie crust into the pie shell. If it rips or tears – that’s ok. Just take a little water, and “glue” the pieces back together. It will bake fine. Homemade is the look we are going for here – not professional.
Place this in your preheated oven for 18 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
In the meantime, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, all-purpose flour and salt. Gradually stir in the white whole milk, and cook over medium heat until bubbly. Cook and stir this mixture for 2 minutes.
Once cooked, remove from the heat. In a small bowl, place the 3 egg yolks. Take a little of the hot butterscotch mixture, and stir it quickly into the eggs to temper them. This will help you not have “scrambled eggs” in the pie. Once the eggs are brought up to the same temperature as the butterscotch mixture, add everything back into the main saucepan and stir quickly. Place it back on medium heat and cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly.
After 2 minutes, remove from the heat and whisk in the salted butter and pure vanilla extract. Pour this mixture into the baked pie shell and allow to cool slightly.
Next, make the meringue by combining the large egg whites, pure vanilla extract and cream of tarter in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer (or your arm and a wire whisk if feeling confident and strong) beat the mixture until soft peaks are formed.
Gradually add in the white granulated sugar, while still continuing to beat the egg whites. Beat this mixture until stiff peaks are formed. The whole process should take around 7 minutes depending on the speed of your mixer. If using your arm and a whisk, it will be considerable longer.
Once the stiff peaks are formed, spoon the meringue over the top of the pie, sealing to the edge of the pie. With the back of a spoon, make little “peaks” and mountains. This will give good color once baked.
Place in preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes until the meringue tips are golden brown.
Remove, allow to cool before cutting. Once cut and served, store in refrigerator.
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