Butterscotch Pie

Photo: Karry Hosford

The smooth, creamy filling for this pie recipe is a true butterscotch—meaning that the brown sugar is cooked with butter to coax out the caramel flavors. Make the pie a day ahead; the filling needs an overnight stint in the refrigerator to set properly.

Yield: 10 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 280
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 9.4g
  • Saturated fat: 3.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 5.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 42g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 182mg
  • Calcium: 159mg

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 3/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated fat-free milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

Preparation

  1. To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, powdered sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine water and vinegar. Sprinkle surface of flour mixture with water mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time; toss with a fork until moist. Gently press mixture into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap, and cover. Chill for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°.
  3. Slightly overlap 2 (15-inch) sheets of plastic wrap on a slightly damp surface. Unwrap chilled dough, and place on plastic wrap. Cover with 2 additional (15-inch) sheets of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into a 12-inch circle. Place dough in freezer 10 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed.
  4. Let stand 1 minute. Remove 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 9-inch pie plate; remove remaining plastic wrap. Press the dough against bottom and sides of pie plate. Fold edges under, and flute. Freeze 10 minutes.
  5. Line bottom of dough with a piece of foil; arrange pie weights or dried beans on foil. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until pastry edge is lightly browned. Remove pie weights and foil; bake an additional 8 minutes or until done. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. To prepare filling, melt butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar; cook 2 minutes or until mixture resembles wet sand, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Add 1/4 cup evaporated milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring after each addition. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  7. Combine remaining 3/4 cup evaporated milk, cornstarch, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and egg yolks in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Heat 2% milk in a small saucepan over medium heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil), stirring frequently. Gradually add hot milk to cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly with a wire whisk.
  8. Gradually add hot milk mixture to brown sugar mixture, stirring with a whisk. Place mixture in a pan; cook over medium heat 11 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Cook an additional 2 minutes; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 20 minutes or until mixture comes to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove pan from ice. Spoon mixture into the prepared crust. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Spread whipped topping evenly over filling just before serving.
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