This post was originally posted on Father's Day, but I have updated this post to share improved photography that this recipe truly deserves. We made this pie while I was visiting family in Iowa and it is so so so good! It is my dad's favorite dessert -- and for good reason! It is creamy and full of that classic butterscotchy flavor. The rich buttery and caramel tones make it especially perfect for fall!
Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, including soon-to-be dads and hopefuls. The world is a much better place thanks to many fathers but especially because of my own: David Mitchell. Everyone who knows my dad LOVES my dad. He is easy-going, hardworking, kind, and has the best sense of humor! Not to brag, but when it comes to family, I hit the jackpot! He and my mom are a perfect match, and life with five siblings has been phenomenal. There is never a dull moment when you’re around my family, and I mean that in the best possible way! See lots more photos below!
On a lighter note, one thing I definitely inherited from my dad (besides devilishly good looks as evidenced below—ha) is his sweet tooth! Though there are many favorites (homemade cheesecake with blueberry topping, caramel corn, ice cream, etc…), the recipe that always comes to mind when I think of my dad is butterscotch pie!
This is a family recipe that has been passed down from his grandmother, Florence Rasmussen. My uncle Jim (one of my Dad’s four brothers) makes 2 of these pies every Thanksgiving, and sometimes Christmas too! They are usually gone within 30 minutes because this pie is so good!
With that, please make today extra special for all dads! If you need a suggestion, this butterscotch pie will make any dad smile!
Recipe adapted from my great grandmother Florence Rasmussen
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sheets)
¼ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ tsp salt
2 cups whole milk
3 egg yolks, beaten well*
2 Tbsp butter, cut in small cubes
1 tsp vanilla
4 egg whites
¼ tsp cream of tartar
½ cup sugar
Prepare crust: Mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add melted butter and press onto the bottom and sides of a 9” pie plate. Set aside.
Prepare pudding: Whisk together brown sugar, corn starch, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and egg yolks until thoroughly combined. Gradually stir the milk and egg yolk mixture in with the dry ingredients. In a saucepan, cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Cover and keep warm.
Prepare meringue: Preheat oven to 350°. Combine 4 egg whites and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer. Gradually add sugar until the mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks.
Pour the hot butterscotch pudding into crust and spread the meringue over the pudding, sealing to the edges. Bake until meringue is lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
*Note: Reserve the 3 egg whites for the meringue. You will need one additional egg white for extra volume for the meringue. The extra yolk may be used for other purposes.