Grandma Mateer’s Butterscotch Pie

When I realized I would be writing a novel based on my husband’s hometown, I knew immediately one detail I would have to include: Butterscotch Pie.

Jeff’s grandmother fixed it for me on my first visit to Pennsylvania and I couldn’t get enough of it! Until about 10 years ago, she made one every time we visited. (She’s 98 now and no longer cooks.) Of course that means if we want it now, we have to make it ourselves. (And you know me and the kitchen–I love food but hate to cook it!)

We went for years without, until one day my husband found the recipe and made it himself! And he did a great job! We still don’t make butterscotch pie very often, but he made one this past weekend. Didn’t he do a great job?

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Of course you can’t taste the buttery sugary goodness that literally melts in your mouth. But I’ll bet you can imagine. In A Home for My Heart, butterscotch pie is Blaine’s favorite. And Mrs. Fore, the cook at the Home for Orphan and Friendless Children, often makes one when she knows he will be around. In case you’d like to experience the love that is butterscotch pie, here’s the recipe so you can try it for yourself. If my husband can make it, anyone can. (Except, of course, me.) Enjoy!

Grandma’s Butterscotch Pie

1 baked 9 inch pie shell

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups milk

3 slightly beaten egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla

3 tblsp butter

3 egg whites at room temperature

3 tblsp sugar

Mix sugar, flour and salt. Gradually add milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir small amount into beaten egg yolks. Return to pan; cook and stir 2 more minutes. Add vanilla and butter; stir until melted. Pour into cooled pie shell. Beat egg whites until fluffy. Gradually add 3 tblsp sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Cover filling completely to edges of crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

6 comments on “Grandma Mateer’s Butterscotch Pie

  1. Hello, Anne! I found my way here from the sweet Laura Frantz. 🙂

    I love pie, but I’ve never had butterscotch pie. I’ve pinned the recipe, because I’d like to try it sometime in the near future. Thank you for sharing it. I do have a question though. What kind of milk do you use? We use nonfat milk, but I know that doesn’t always work well in some recipes.

    Thanks again,
    Michelle 🙂

  2. My dad’s absolute favorite! I’ve never quite managed to make it as tasty as his mom did. Might have something to do with having a milk cow and churning your own butter. I’ll definitely be trying this, though.

  3. Anne, We ARE sharing a kitchen today :). I have to tell you that butterscotch pie is one of my favorites and I’ll be writing your recipe down. Soul food, indeed. I think it’s wonderfully touching that our grannys passed down a love of these things. Thanks so much for sharing. Please have a bite for me!

    • Lol! I will. In fact, hubby made this one on Saturday and a chocolate meringue pie on Sunday! The only thing we were missing this weekend was your coconut cream! 🙂

    • Give it a go, Melissa! Seriously, if my hubby can do it . . .

      Of course unlike Grandma, we use a refrigerated pie crust. 🙂

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