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
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
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: