Butterscotch-Praline Cream Pie

SERVES: 8-10




  • Pulse flour, salt and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add butter, And process until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. With the machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream until mixture just begins to hold together.
  • Shape dough into 2 disks. Wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate umtil firm, about 1 hour, or up to 2 days.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll 1/2 of pate brisée disk to 1/8 inch thickness. Fit into a 9-inch pie dish. Trim edges, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Tuck overhang under dough so edges are flush with rim, and crimp edges. Lightly prick bottom of dough with a fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F Line dough with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights, or dried beans. Bake until edges begin to turn gold, 15-18 minutes. Carefully remove weights or beans and parchment. Bake until crust is golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Let cool completely on wire rack, crust can be stored overnight. ( the other half of the Pate Brisée can be stored for up to a week refrigerated or frozen for up to 3 months0.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until butter browns. Stir in sugar until it dissolves, about 5 minutes. Slowly pour 1 cup cream down the side of the pan, stirring constantly, umtil smooth (caramel will bubble). Remove from heat.
  • Whisk cornstarch, salt and milk in small bowl umtil smooth. Whisk into butter mixture until well combined. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until bubbling and thick, about 7 minutes total (about 2 minutes after it comes to a boil).
  • Whisk yolks in a medium bowl until combined. Pour in milk mixture in a slow, steady stream, whisking until completely incorporated. Return mixture to the saucepan, and cook over medium heat, stirrimng constantly, umtil it returns to a boil, 1-2 minutes.
  • Immediately remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Let custard cool in saucepan on a wire rack, whisking occasionally for 10 minutes.
  • Pour custard into pie crust. Press plastic wrap on surface of custard. Refrigerate until custard filling is chilled and firm, at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Heat sugar, corn syrup, water and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, without stirring, until deep amber. Remove from heat, stir in nuts, and spread evenly on baking sheet. Let cool completely on sheet on a wire rack.
  • Break praline into medium pieces, and transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Using a rolling pin, crush in to pea-size pieces. (crushed praline can be stored for up to 1 month).
  • Whisk remaining 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Reserve 2 tablespoons praline, and fold remaining praline, into cream. Spread cream over pie, and sprinkle reserved praline on top. Serve immediately.