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Butterscotch Pie

We would never be able to single out one pie as our favorite, but for many people, Butterscotch Pie is The One. This is a great Southern pie made with brown sugar, and it's perfect for the holidays or any other time year.
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks, well beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 baked 9-inch pastry shell, cooled
  • Meringue (see below)
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine brown sugar, flour and salt in heavy saucepan. Gradually, stir in the milk, and cook over low heat until mixture begins to thicken. Stir occasionally.

Slowly stir half the hot mixture into the well-beaten egg yolks; then, beat the egg mixture back into the remaining hot mixture. Cook for an additional two minutes.

Add butter and vanilla, and mix well. Pour into pie shell and top with meringue. Bake in 350°F oven until meringue is lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Makes one pie.

Prep time: 30 minutes; Cooking time: 15 minutes; Total time: 45 minutes

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Meringue for the Pie

For the meringue, see Perfect Meringue recipe. Readers may also want to read the tips mentioned in our post Secrets to Good Meringue. The serving dishes in our photograph are Fiesta dinnerware.
Kitchen tools you'll need: Mixer, Mixing Bowls, Pie Baker, Saucepan, Rubber Spatula
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