Breads & Biscuits, Chocolate, Desserts, Pies & Tarts

White Chocolate Butterscotch Pie

November 15, 2011
If you asked me what my favorite dessert to make was, I would be able to tell you in a split second.  We’ll I don’t have one favorite (I mean who really does?) but I have 3.  Without a doubt, no questions asked, my favorite desserts to make are cupcakes, cakes, and pies.  With macarons being a close 4th.  {Ok, don’t get on me; I had to add on my 4th favorite.  What can I say :)}
If I was told I could only make a certain amount of desserts for the rest of my life, I would chose those 3 desserts (Ok, maybe 4… Ah!).  I hope that never happens, but if it does I know what I would do.  I would be prepared for me decision.
I never get bored of baking these desserts.  I could bake them all day, every day.  Don’t think I don’t love to bake other fun and different things.  I of course love to mix it up and bake many different types and varieties of desserts.  But my heart is always won over by a good cake, cupcake, and pie.
I love to bake these desserts because there are endless possibilities.  There are just so many different variations you can create in in just these 3 simple desserts.  
 So when thanksgiving was quickly approaching I knew I wanted to bust out some delicious pies.  This was the first one that I created to show you.  It’s not the traditional thanksgiving pie, but it has great flavors that go perfectly for fall.
{I’m stopping right in the middle of this post to tell you something so funny!  As I am sitting here writing this post about this incredible pie, I am watching The CookingChannel.  And what comes on the TV? Unique Sweets… ALL ABOUT PIES.  I stopped writing and was completely consumed into this pie episode.  A dessert show all about shops selling delicious pies.  Now, please support me as I go and open my own pie shop :).  Ok… I’m not doing that now, but maybe in the future!  Back to describing this white chocolate butterscotch pie…}
This pie is made with my favorite, all-butter pie crust.  It’s the same recipe that I have been using for quite some time.  It’s perfectly flaky, buttery, and delicious.  You have to trust me on this one.  This is the pie crust.  I trust no other recipe. 
The pie is filled with a butterscotch filling.  The filling is almost like a pudding/custard filling.  It’s jelly-like, and has a very silky and smooth consistency.  It’s cooked on the stove and then poured into a full-baked pie crust.  Then it is quickly baked in the oven to just set and finish it off.
To add another dimension to the pie, I drizzled white chocolate on top of the baked and cooled pie. 
If you want to make a pie for Thanksgiving, but don’t want to make the traditional pumpkin, apple, or pecan, you definitely have to make this pie!  You will be happy that you made a unique pie, and your family and friends will be happy that you made such a delicious treat.
Or you can just make this pie on any random day, and have it all to yourself!
Enjoy 🙂

White Chocolate Butterscotch Pie
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Makes: 1 9-inch Deep Dish Pie
Pie Crust
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour, plus more for dusting the surface
9 tablespoons (1 stick + 1 tbsp.) Unsalted Butter, Cold
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tablespoon Sugar
5 tablespoons Water (Very Cold)
Butterscotch Filling
1 ¼ cups Light Brown Sugar
5 tablespoons Corn Starch
½ teaspoon Salt
2 ½ cups Milk
2 Egg Yolks
1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
While Chocolate, for Drizzling
To make the crust, start by cutting the butter into ¼ inch squares.  Put all the butter in a small bowl and place in the freezer until needed.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt, and sugar; mix just to combine.  Add in the butter and beat until the butter pieces are the size of small peas and the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Some butter pieces may not break down.  If this happens, use your hands to squeeze the mixture together to break up the larger pieces.
With the mixer running on low speed, slowly add in the very cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time.  Stop adding water when the mixture comes together and is in wet clumps.  Be sure to not add too much water – you don’t want to dough to be extremely wet.  You might not use all 5 tablespoons, or you might need to use more. 
Pour out all the dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Form the dough into a disc.  Flour all sides of the dough, and wrap the disc in plastic wrap.  Chill for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
When the dough is done chilling, remove from the refrigerator, and place the disc onto a floured surface.  Dust the top of the dough with flour and, using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 12-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick.  While you are rolling out the dough, be sure to check the bottom of the dough to make sure it is not sticking.  If it starts to stick, add more flour to the surface. 
Carefully roll the dough up onto the rolling pin and transfer it to a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan.  Trim the excess dough hanging off the sides of the pan.  Using your fore-finger and thumb, crimp the sides of the dough. 
Place a piece of foil over the entire surface of the dough.  Gently press the foil into the center of the pie.  Fill the pie with pie weights.  If you don’t have pie weights you can use dry beans. 
Place the pie pan into the oven and bake until the crust is a light golden brown color, about 30 minutes.  To check the pie while baking, carefully lift up the sides of the foil to check the color of the crust.
While the pie crust is cooking, make the butterscotch filling.  In a medium saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, and milk.  Place the pan over medium heat and whisk constantly until the mixture thickens. 
Whisk in the egg yolks, and continue to stir until the mixture is very thick.  It will be like a custard/pudding consistency.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.  Cover and let sit until ready to pour into baked crust.
When the crust is done baking, remove it from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.  Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
Quickly whisk the butterscotch filling and then pour it into the pie crust.  Bake the pie for 10 minutes, just until it is set and has lightly browned on top. 
Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool completely.  Once cooled, melt the white chocolate and drizzle over the top of the pie.  Let the white chocolate harden and let slice, serve, and enjoy!
Pie dough recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated and Simply Recipes. Butterscotch filling adapted from All Recipes.

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  • Melissa November 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    White chocolate is in the title!
    I know I’ll love this!
    Did you save me a piece?

  • Kiri W. November 15, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Oh my *splutters* I want it. All. Now. Immediately!
    This looks beyond delicious! You have me drooling at work…

  • DessertForTwo November 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    This is stunning! I want it now! 🙂

  • Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny November 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    What a gorgeous pie, this looks so delicious! Lovely pictures as well! 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations November 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    @Kiri W.
    Thanks Kiri!

  • Krissy's Creations November 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    @Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny
    Thanks so much Kelly! I actually wish I had a piece in front of me now 🙂

  • Krissy's Creations November 15, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks Christina 🙂

  • janet@cupcakestocaviar November 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    This looks delicious Krissy! Butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors so I HAVE to try this. Your photos are awesome btw!

  • Krissy's Creations November 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks Janet! Butterscotch is one of my favorites too 🙂

  • Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} November 16, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Gawgeous my dear! I have a terrible habit of watching cooking shows while writing too. Multi-tasking at it’s finest!

  • nicole {sweet peony} November 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

    really great pictures krissy! i love the white chocolate drizzle 🙂

  • MyFudo™ November 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Really a unique recipe! And I love it even more as I start reading your blog, the ingredients are easy to purchase (probably already in my cupboard)and the directions are easy to follow. I will definitely have to try this myself! Thanks Krissy!

  • Krissy's Creations November 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I try hard to not use too “hard to find” ingredients. Good to hear you appreciate this :).

  • Kim Bee November 17, 2011 at 5:29 am

    This looks so delicious. And may I add I just love your plates.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet November 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I don’t usually go for butterscotch but some people really love that combo! I am in love with those pretty plates.

  • Sandra November 21, 2011 at 7:12 am

    It is after midnight over here and I am just looking through your blog posts..this one caught my eye as I am wishing to have some in my fridge for midnight snack..I know bad thoughts but so delicious!:))) Your pie look stunning!!!

  • Emma Malone Cranford July 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    My friend and I are making your pie right now! i sure hope it turns out as well as yours! *fingers crossed*