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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.

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

Instructions
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

Let’s Make a Pie!

Hey kids! It’s time for the 2017 Pieathlon!

Every year at this time our friend Yinzerella over at Dinner Is Served 1972 lays down a vintage pie challenge. A group of retro food bloggers all submit pie recipes, and like a good gameshow hostess, Yinzerella spins a wheel and doles out assignments. This year, I got what’s behind Door #3! Monty Hall’s Angel Pie.

Of course, because I’m a generally unpleasant person with a vengeful streak I submitted a “Calorie-Wise Dessert” of Fluffy Lime Pies. I pity the blogger who got stuck with that.

Monty’s Angel Pie is a pretty basic recipe for a chocolate cream pie in a meringue shell. Nothing I couldn’t whip up half drunk on a Saturday night, which is exactly what I did.


With my bourbon at the ready I got baking.

The instructions were pretty basic. In fact, a little too basic in that they forgot to tell you what to do with the pecan pieces for the crust. Not that it’s hard to figure that out, but they were completely omitted from the process. So I just tossed ’em in and hoped for the best. (This is how my husband approaches our marriage.)

The crust took a little longer to cook than the recipe indicated, and perhaps I whipped up the meringue a bit longer than I should have because there was a significant volume of it, enough to fill the pie dish and a small soufflé dish.

The filling was quick and easy, but I think I fucked up a step because I read the directions of “Whip Cream” as that I was to add the whipped cream to the chocolate. Like I said, bourbon is my sous chef. ZONK!

While the filling firmed up nicely, it wasn’t as fluffy and light as it would have been if I had whipped the cream. Life is full of shoulda, woulda, couldas induced by bourbon. We move on.

Pie complete, I fed it to my unsuspecting neighbor who is a ready and willing experimentation subject. There were no complaints. He wouldn’t dare. I know where he lives.


Recipe from Cookbook of the Stars, Motion Picture Mothers, Inc., 1970

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To see the posts of other entries in the Pieathlon visit their websites:

Cheese Meringue Pie at Food and Wine Hedonist

Waffle Pie at Bittersweet Susie

Chicken Sausage Pies at Dinner is Served 1972

Apple Cheese Pie at A Book of Cookrye

Lemon Raisin Pie at Dr. Bobb’s Kitschen

Nutty Caramel Pies at Grannie Pantries

Vintage Apple Pie at Recipes 4 Rebels

Rum Pie at Silverscreen Suppers

Torta di Pisatchhio at Battenburgbelle

Fluffy Lime Pie at Retro Food for Modern Times