I’ve been racking my brain for weeks trying to come up with a pie to make for the holidays. Since I already made my earl grey pie and chocolate covered strawberry pie a handful of times now, I wanted something a little different. So I turned to my next favorite pie, buttermilk custard pie, and decided to give it a festive spin. And what could be more festive than adding butterscotch to the mix? Butterscotch just sounds like Christmas to me so I put the two together and ended up with this salted butterscotch buttermilk pie. Without being too sweet like most butterscotch desserts, this pie definitely hit the spot. A new holiday pie to add to the list!

salted butterscotch buttermilk pie

salted butterscotch buttermilk pie

salted butterscotch buttermilk pie


Serves 8 servings


Salted Butterscotch Buttermilk Pie

Yields 1 9-inch pie

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    Pie crust
  • 1 1/4 cup (200 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) cold butter, cut into small chunks
  • 3-4 tbsp ice cold water
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp water
  • Butterscotch
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • Filling
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp (26 grams) cornstarch
  • 1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  1. Make the pie crust. Combine the flour with the salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or food processor, mixing until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the ice-cold water one tablespoon at a time, mixing just until the dough comes together. Shape into a disc and wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Dust a clean work counter with flour. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out to about a 12-inch circle. Transfer the crust to a pie pan, trim the excess dough, and crimp the edges. Use a fork to poke holes in the bottom of the crust. Beat together the egg yolk with water and brush the egg wash on the bottom crust. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make the butterscotch. Combine the brown sugar with water and salt in a heavy bottom saucepot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream and simmer for another minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter, vanilla, and bourbon. Let cool slightly.
  5. Prepare the filling. Whisk the eggs until frothy, about 1 minute. Add the sugar and cornstarch and whisk until smooth. Add the buttermilk, nutmeg, and butterscotch, mixing until well combined. Pour the filling in the pie crust and bake the pie for 40-60 minutes or until the pie is set and no longer jiggly. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.


**Helpful tips and common mistakes

As far as pies go, I have to say this one is my easiest recipe. I have this habit of adding more than one element to the dessert to make them extra unique, which in turn requires more time and effort. This time I wanted to highlight just the butterscotch and buttermilk. Keeping it simple sometimes is good, right?

bake the pie crust

To make the salted butterscotch buttermilk pie, first, make the crust. You can also use the store-bought crust. This recipe is meant for a deep-dish pie so if you’re using a storebought one, you may have enough filling for two pies.

To prevent the crust from puffing up and getting soggy, we’re going to prick the bottom with a fork and brush it with egg wash. The egg wash acts as a shield, protecting the crust and prevent it from getting soggy from the filling. Bake the crust for 10 minutes and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

the butterscotch

While the crust is cooling, make the butterscotch. Butterscotch is basically a caramel but with the addition of alcohol. I used bourbon but you can also use rum or whiskey. Make the sauce and let it cool until it’s easy to handle.

the custard filling

Now on to making the filling. The custard is a fairly basic custard except that we’re going to use buttermilk instead of milk. Add the cooled butterscotch sauce at the end, whisking until combined. If you add hot butterscotch sauce to the egg mixture, it can cook the eggs.  Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake the pie for 40-50 minutes or until the pie has set.

salted butterscotch buttermilk pie

To ensure that the pie doesn’t crack, you can cool the pie in the oven with the door cracked open and the oven turned off. Make sure to cool the pie completely before serving since the custard is still cooking.

salted butterscotch buttermilk pie

What’s great about this salted butterscotch buttermilk pie is that it’s not overly sweet like other butterscotch desserts. The balance is perfect with just a hint of alcohol and salt. Top the pie with a dollop of whipped cream or just as is, it’s delicious either way!

salted butterscotch buttermilk pie


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