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Butterscotch Cream Pie with Gingersnap Crust


This delectable pie comes from "The Craft of Baking," by pastry chef Karen Demasco.

  • Yield: Makes one 9-inch pie

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out, bean and seeds reserved
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • Gingersnap Crust
  • 1/2 cup chopped Honeycomb Brittle


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolks, and cornstarch until pale in color; set aside.

  2. Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water, and the vanilla bean and seeds in a medium saucepan. Stir until sugar is completely damp. Heat mixture over high heat until sugar becomes a yellow-golden caramel, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Slowly whisk in 1 cup cream, being careful to avoid splatters, then stir in milk.

  3. Return caramel mixture to stove and bring to a boil; remove from heat. Pour one third of the caramel mixture into the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream, whisking to combine. Whisk egg mixture into caramel mixture until well combined. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until custard thickens, about 8 minutes. Remove pan from heat; whisk in salt and butter.

  4. Strain custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl; pour into prepared pie crust. Transfer pie plate to a wire rack and let filling cool completely. Transfer pie to refrigerator and chill until cold, about 1 hour.

  5. Whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups cream until soft peaks form; spread whipped cream over top of pie. Sprinkle brittle over top of pie just before serving. Pie is best eaten day it is made, but can be kept, loosely covered in plastic wrap, refrigerated, up to 2 days.

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  • justjusti
    22 OCT, 2012
    Delicious! I won a pie contest with this recipe. It's worth the extra time to make your own cookies to make the crust with. Great combination. However, I did not make the brittle as I did not have time, but smashed a Butterfinger bar to sprinkle on top, which worked perfectly.
  • Jmclaughlin
    24 NOV, 2011
    What happened to the video?
  • Jmclaughlin
    18 NOV, 2011
    I made all the recipes for this pie and it was all worth making it from scatch my whole family loved it all so much, can't wait to make it again :)
  • HopeandHolly
    7 DEC, 2009
    I loved this recipe and made all the recipes (gingersnaps, brittle) - was worth the effort! Looking forward to Ms. Demasko's book - very creative and challenging if you love to create special desserts. Will definitely make again!
  • cknight421
    6 DEC, 2009
    This recipe is fun to make. The video was helpful. Especially for figuring out the color for the honeycomb brittle. So many steps. Took me three evenings. Gingersnaps were fantastic and perfect. Followed the recipes as closely as possible. Got a bit off on the buterscotch filling but overall a fabulous dessert. Had never made brittle before but it went really well for me. Cooked it in cast iron. I would make it again and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
  • Maynard
    16 NOV, 2009
    I think it is important to note add the sugar to the eggs stir then add the cornstarch in that order. If you add cornstarch to eggs or to the sugar YOU will get lumps.