Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 50 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe has been in my family as far as I know since 1900. The year my Grandmother was married. All the ingredients back then had no chemicals mixed in. BUT, it is still my #1 favorite. Just don't burn the custard in the process. YUK.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make and bake a 9" single pie shell. Or use store bought.
  2. In saucepan combine brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in half & half. Whisk constantly over medium heat till mix is thick and bubbly. Cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Gradually whisk about 1 cup of the hot mix into the egg yolks, whisking all the time. Add this back into the rest of what is in the pan. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and cook and whisk for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla till well mixed. Let cool a bit, whisk and pour into pie shell and set aside.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degree's.
  4. Take egg whites and sugar to please you and beat to make meringue. Top pie (sealing edges) and bake till the top is the way you like it.
  5. Enjoy and save me a piece :O).
Most Helpful

Delicious. Well written, clear instructions. A rich butterscotch flavor, just firm enough to hold together when cut. I too, had more than enough for a 9" shell, ate the rest right out of the cooking pot so I wouldn't have to wash another dish. Next time I think I'll skip the meringue and top the pie off with a lightly sweetened whipped cream. Thanks, Cap'n Jack, for sharing this keeper!

Chef Edlear March 24, 2010

Wahoo this was just heavenly. ~My hubbie's favorite kind of pie! Thanks Cap'n Jack!

Melanie Adrienne April 23, 2011

Man oh man, Cap'n Jack! What a pie! So sinfully good I felt wrong eating it on Easter Sunday! The custard had the most wonderful flavors and was so smooth and creamy! Only, I had more than fit in my pie shell, so I made little minis in custard cups, too. Sorry I can't fulfill direction number 5 all the way. There will be no saving for you this time! Made and devoured for PAC Spring '09!

PianoCook April 13, 2009