Pieathlon 8 – Rum and Butterscotch Pie

Long time readers will recall the annual pie challenge thrown down by Dinner is Served 1972. For those of you new to the club, long story short a bunch of vintage recipe bloggers swap pie recipes and endeavour to master long loved/forgotten/dreaded pie and report back on our successes and missteps. You’re welcome.

1 tablespoon rum
1 package butterscotch instant pudding
18 gingersnaps
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Light cream

Crush 12 gingersnaps and mix with sugar, butter and 1 tablespoon of water. Spread over bottom of 8-inch pie plate. Cut 6 gingersnaps in half, arrange around edge of pie plate. Prepare pudding according to package directions, using combined rum and cream instead of milk. Pour pudding into gingersnap shell. Chill for at least 2 hours. Serves 6.

Looks easy as pie, right? It’s 2021, and easy, like God, left the universe in late 2019. I swear to Cheezits that Jell-O Instant Butterscotch Pudding is the toilet paper of 2021. Nowhere I looked locally could I find a single solitary box. I tried Target, Walmart, the local market, Instacart. Not one single fucking box was anywhere to be found. What are you people doing with all the pudding? I tried Amazon and if I wanted 24 boxes I could get them for $30. I don’t need 24 fucking boxes of pudding. I just wanted to make one pie not get into pudding wrestling.

Since I was missing one of the key ingredients, I had to make the pudding from scratch, which kinda leveled up the pie a smidge. I used the Unbelievable Butterscotch Pudding recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. And since I was being all kinds of fancy now I substituted Knob Creek Bourbon for the rum as the pudding recipe called for bourbon – and I was afraid that a bourbon/rum double whammy might offend my clearly sophisticated palate. Also, 100 proof is 100 proof bitches.

The pudding came out delicious. I highly recommend the recipe. I also highly recommend Knob Creek. While I didn’t follow exactly what Taryn sent me as my challenge, I do consider sitting on my kitchen floor in my pjs drinking bourbon while eating cookies dunked in pudding on brand for 2021.

Checkout the pies made by the other bloggers:

Retro Food for Modern Times

The Nostalgic Cook

Dr. Bobb’s Nostalgic Kitchen

Silverscreen Suppers

Recipes for Rebels

Grannie Pantries

A Book of Cookrye

Dinner is Served 1972

10 thoughts on “Pieathlon 8 – Rum and Butterscotch Pie

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  2. S S

    It’s weird how some groceries have just disappeared. One of my friends really likes those microwave sausage biscuits, and there haven’t been any for MONTHS. Even if you’re hoarding toilet paper and pudding powder, do these people have chest freezers full of the things?
    And yeah, 2021 was only barely an improvement on 2020. I spent a lot of it so far drinking lots of Diet Coke in bed. Anyway, hope to see you next year, and hopefully this plague ends soon! It can’t go on forever…. right?

  3. Poppy

    Butterscotch pudding AND gingersnaps? If you left out the alcohol, my childhood self would have thought this was a great, great recipe. And honestly, my adult self is now kind of wishing I were relaxing with some boozy, pudding-y cookies too.

    Also, I love how Amazon’s grocery section so often seems to think that everyone is planning to stock a store rather than that just buy a normal human amount of something. I can usually find the elusive ingredients I want, but I am rarely willing to buy them in the quantity Amazon offers.

  4. greg

    Ummmm…”sitting on my kitchen floor in my pjs drinking bourbon while eating cookies dunked in pudding” sounds like a party to me! I think there’s a bunch of us that would go for that! Let me know when the next one is! Loved your hilarious post!

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  6. tarynnicole

    I chose this recipe because I could not find butterscotch pudding mix anywhere in Melbourne. I thought for sure it would be readily available in America. How wrong I was!!! Loved this post!! xx

  7. MCL

    Thanks so much for your post! Not only do we get a recipe, but it was also one of the most humorous items I’ve ever read. Keep on coming and please, write a book!


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