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Butterscotch Pie (VRP 001)

Butterscotch Pie (VRP 001)

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Butterscotch Pie

This recipe for Butterscotch Pie is one of my favorite recipe cards because it dates itself by the mention of the measurement of butter is the size of walnut using a spider pan!

In addition to Dutch ovens with three or four feet, which Abraham Darby I secured a patent in 1708 to produce, a commonly used cast-iron cooking pan called a spider had a handle and three legs allowing it to stand upright over campfires as well as in the coals and ashes of a fireplace.

Source: Cast Iron Cookware – Wikipedia

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Butterscotch Pie

Butterscotch Pie (VRP 001)


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Melt in spider lump of butter the size of a walnut
  2. Add brown sugar and 4 tablespoons of milk
  3. Then add and boil together yolk of 1 egg, cornstarch, and 1 cup milk
  4. Pour into baked pie crust
  5. Top with meringue

Butterscotch Pie

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Saturday 29th of December 2018

Haven't figured out the spider yet. I assume it is some kind of pan. If I make this pie it will have to be without the spider.


Sunday 30th of December 2018

Yes, it's an old cast iron pan with legs so it could sit over a fire.

Tonya Baker

Monday 19th of December 2016

Is this recipe gluten free?


Sunday 29th of January 2017

I am not sure as I do not know a lot about a gluten free lifestyle and what defines gluten free

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