Pumpkin Butterscotch Pie

I said I was not going to make pumpkin pie this year.  And then I discovered this recipe.  It’s pumpkin pie…with scotch in it!

The caramelized brown sugar combines with heavy cream and scotch to give this pie a depth of flavor unlike any other pumpkin pie.  This recipe is not exactly a reinvention of the classic, just a slight improvement.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Pie

By Sarah Patterson Scott



1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3 tablespoons (or more) ice water


3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar, divided

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup Scotch

1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream

1 cup canned pure pumpkin

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Whipped Cream

1 cup chilled whipping cream

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon Scotch



• Mix flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add butter; using on/off turns, process until very coarse meal forms. Add 3 tablespoons ice water; using on/off turns, process until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if too dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap and chill 1 hour.

• Roll out dough to 12- to 13-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Fold edges under and crimp decoratively. Chill dough until firm, about 1 hour. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep chilled.

• Preheat oven to 350°F. Line crust with sheet of foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake 20 minutes. Remove foil with beans. Bake until just beginning to turn golden brown, piercing with fork if bubbles form, about 15 minutes longer. Cool completely.


• Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter, and salt in medium saucepan; bring to boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil until deep brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add Scotch, then cream (mixture will bubble vigorously) and whisk until smooth. Return to medium heat and stir until most caramel bits dissolve. Strain butterscotch mixture into small bowl. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

• Whisk remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar and pumpkin in large bowl. Whisk in eggs, then spices. Add reserved butterscotch mixture; whisk to blend. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Rewhisk before using.

• Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour filling into crust. Bake until just set, about 50 minutes. Cool to room temperature, about 3 hours.

DO AHEAD Can be made 8 hours ahead. Store at room temperature.

Whipped Cream

• Using electric mixer, beat cream, sugar, and Scotch in medium bowl until peaks form.

DO AHEAD Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill. Rewhisk if necessary before serving.

• Cut pie into wedges. Serve with dollop of whipped cream.



Filed under Pies and Tarts, Sweet

6 responses to “Pumpkin Butterscotch Pie

  1. Your pumpkin pie recipe sounds really different. I’m sure it tasted great!

  2. Marihelen

    I love me some pumpkin pie. This recipe is user friendly and it looks delicious. I will try it next time for sure.

  3. This sounds delicious, Larry. I can understand why you decided to make it. Plus, pumpkin pie is so good, and it is a dessert with redeeming qualities since it’s nutrient dense-that’s always nice;)

  4. Delicious idea. I hope to try this one soon.

  5. I LOVE the idea of the butterscotch with my favorite classic pie!!!

  6. Marica Chacona

    Heaven on earth! the scotch added a lovely smoky flavor that made this pie especially delicious. Try it.

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