Life of Pie: the “Perfect” Butterscotch Pecan Pie Recipe

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One 9″ flaky pie crust. This is where people fall down on the job. I like this recipe and in fact have used it for the last dozen pies or so and it’s been foolproof. If you have to buy a crust, FINE (*eyeroll*) just don’t tell me about it.

You need to partially prebake the crust. I’m telling you this now because it adds, easily, an hour to the process.


1 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar (none of the light stuff, now)

1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 cup butterscotch chips

Pinch of salt

3 large eggs

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 tsps. vanilla extract

2 cups chopped pecans

I’m going to assume that your crust has been prebaked, cooled and is sitting waiting for your filling. Set your oven to 350. Warm the corn syrup, the brown sugar and the butter over low heat in a saucepan on the stovetop. Stir until the butter has melted. Remove the mixture from the heat. Add the butterscotch chips and set aside for five minutes, shaking occasionally to distribute the chips and coat them with the liquid. Add salt and whisk to smooth.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and the yolk until frothy. Add the vanilla and continue to whisk. Add the hot liquid and whisk until smooth. Add the pecans and stir gently to distribute. Pour filling into the cooled pie crust. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 350, turning the pie 180 degrees halfway through baking.

Cool finished pie on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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3 Responses to Life of Pie: the “Perfect” Butterscotch Pecan Pie Recipe

  1. Ok, this just made it in the running for pecan pie week on Bella Eats Pie. It sounds delicious!!! I can’t wait to taste it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I just made this pie last night…it is delicious! Look for it tomorrow night on Bella Eats!

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