Butterscotch Pie

Jul 19, 2018

You know you're home in Cape Breton when there's a freshly made Butterscotch Pie waiting for you when you get in from the airport.

I thought everyone grew up with tasty treats like this, but whenever I post photos of my  son Cameron's favourite pie (that his Nanny makes for him whenever he visits from Scotland) many friends say they've never tried it and would appreciate the recipe.

I'm not sure if it's just a Cape Breton or Nova Scotia tradition, but the world should definitely know about it.

3/4 cup brown sugar                  1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup white sugar                    3 egg yolks, beaten (save whites for meringue)
1/3 cup flour                                1.5 tbsp butter
2 cups scalded milk                    1 tsp vanilla

Combine sugars and flour in a pot (or in the top of a double boiler) and gradually add scalded milk. Stir constantly until smooth. Add salt and cook for approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
Pour part of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks, stirring quickly. Pour back into pot (or double boiler) and mix well. Cook not more than a further 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add butter and stir until melted. Leave to cool. Add vanilla.
Pour into a 9" baked pie shell.
Beat the left over 3 egg whites until light and fluffy. Gradually add approximately 2 tablespoons of white sugar and beat until mixture forms soft peaks. Cover pie with meringue.
Bake at 325* F until very lightly browned.