Butterscotch Pie with Meringue Topping - Carolina Country

Butterscotch Pie with Meringue Topping

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Butterscotch Pie

Take your time to savor the rich, smoky-sweet flavor of this pie, topped with billowy meringue. You can also top it with fresh whipped cream and fancy it up by drizzling some butterscotch topping over it!


  • 1 refrigerated pie crust

  • 1⅓ cups whole milk

  • 1⅓ cups brown sugar, lightly packed

  • 5½ tablespoons flour

  • Pinch salt

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ cup sugar


  1. Follow directions to bake store-bought crust.

  2. Heat milk to medium heat in a pan on the stove. Mix flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Beat egg yolks; add to flour and sugar. Gradually add this mixture to warm milk; cook over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla; stir well and pour into baked crust.

  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  4. For the meringue, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar, a little at a time, on high until you have stiff, glossy peaks and sugar is dissolved. Spread over hot filling, sealing edge to the crust.

  5. Bake 12–15 minutes or until meringue is golden. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour and then refrigerate for 3 hours or more before serving.

Recipe courtesy of

Ruby Hyatt of Lexington, a member of EnergyUnited

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Comments (10)

  • In your August issue 2021 the Butterscotch Pie; the ingredients say 1cup(s). Is it suppose to be more than 1cup? The s indicated more. Before making thought I would ask.

    Bonnie |
    July 28, 2021 |

    • Bonnie, you have a good eye! You are correct! The recipe should read: "1-1/3 cups whole milk." We fixed it above. Hope the pie turns out lovely for you!

      Carolina Country |
      July 30, 2021 |

  • You published recently a recipe for Butterscotch Pie. Would you please clarify regarding the brown sugar, should light brown sugar be used or dark brown sugar? It calls for 1 1/3 cup of brown sugar, but before I make it, I would like to make sure that I am using the correct ingredients.

    Thank you.

    Betty McPhatter |
    September 01, 2021 |

    • Hi Betty! Typically if a recipe just lists "brown sugar," plan on using light brown sugar which is what we used here. Dark brown sugar is a staple for gingerbread, baked beans, spice cake—dishes where that deep molasses flavor is more of an asset. I hope you enjoy the pie!

      Carolina Country |
      September 01, 2021 |

  • The Butterscotch pie recipe call for 5 1/2 T of flour.
    Should that be all-purpose or self-rising flour?

    Wayne |
    September 01, 2021 |

    • Hi Wayne,
      That would be all-purpose! Hope it turns out well for you!

      Carolina Country |
      September 01, 2021 |

  • What is different in the directions if you want to use whipped topping instead of meringue? Do you just skip steps 4 and 5?

    Cathy |
    November 24, 2021 |

    • Hi Cathy,
      Yes, you would basically skip steps 3, 4 and most of 5. After you pour the pudding into the pie shell, I would cover the surface with plastic wrap (so the filling won't form a "skin") and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Add your whipped topping and enjoy!

      Carolina Country |
      November 29, 2021 |

  • Question: After step 2, you have to get it into the oven? and after that, get the merengue and put it again into the oven for 12-15 minutes, or you put step 2 and 4 into the crust (already baked) and then, all of it into the oven for 12-15 minutes?

    Martha Gamboa |
    January 10, 2022 |

    • After pouring the filling into the crust, let it sit while you make the meringue. Add the meringue to the pie and then put the whole thing into the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Hope it turns out for you!

      Carolina Country |
      January 12, 2022 |

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