Delicious and Easy Apple Butterscotch Pie Recipe

Greetings fellow food lovers! Today, I want to share with you a traditional Scottish recipe that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. This recipe is for a mouth-watering apple butterscotch pie that is sure to become one of your favorites.

The pie perfectly captures the warm, comforting flavors of Scottish cuisine and combines them with sweet, caramel-like notes of butterscotch. It’s the perfect dessert for any occasion or get-together, and will leave everyone asking for seconds!

Not only is this dish delicious, but it also carries the rich history and tradition of Scottish cuisine. Passed down from generation to generation, it is a classic recipe that has been cherished by Scots for many years.

So, let’s get started on making this delectable dessert – gather your ingredients, preheat your oven and let’s begin creating memories and indulging in one of Scotland’s must-try treats.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Traditional Scottish Recipes - Apple Butterscotch Pie
Traditional Scottish Recipes – Apple Butterscotch Pie

If you’re a fan of both apples and butterscotch, then you’ll definitely love this Traditional Scottish Apple Butterscotch Pie recipe. This pie is the perfect marriage of tart apples that are baked to perfection and sweet, sticky butterscotch sauce.

One thing that sets this recipe apart from other apple pies is the addition of butterscotch. The classic butterscotch flavor pairs incredibly well with the deep apple flavors, creating a dessert that’s both sweet and tangy.

The texture of this pie is also something worth noting. The apples are soft and juicy, while the crust is perfectly flaky. And when you add the oaty butterscotch crumble topping on top, it adds an irresistible crunch that takes the texture to another level.

But it’s not just the flavors and texture that will make you fall in love with this pie. It’s also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple steps, you can have a delicious dessert that will impress even the toughest critic.

So if you want to try something new in your dessert repertoire and impress your family and friends, give this traditional Scottish apple butterscotch pie recipe a try. Trust me, it will be worth it!

Ingredient List

 This sweet apple butterscotch pie is the perfect dessert for a chilly Scottish evening
This sweet apple butterscotch pie is the perfect dessert for a chilly Scottish evening

Here is everything you will need to make this Traditional Scottish Apple Butterscotch Pie Recipe:

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp cold water

For the Apple Filling:

  • 6 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup demerara sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp plum jam

For the Butterscotch Oaty Crumble Topping:

  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup rolled oats

For the Butterscotch Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into pieces
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

These ingredients will be used to create a deep dish apple pie filled with a layer of creamy butterscotch pudding and crowned with buttery oaty crumble. If you can’t find some of these ingredients or would rather simplify the recipe, don’t worry, I have got you covered in the next section!

The Recipe How-To

 I can almost taste the buttery crust and gooey filling just by looking at this picture!
I can almost taste the buttery crust and gooey filling just by looking at this picture!

Now that we have gone through the introduction and the reason why you should try this Traditional Scottish Apple Butterscotch Pie Recipe, it’s time to dive into the fun part – The Recipe! In this section, I’ll be sharing with you how to make this golden, buttery pie crust filled with a deep apple pie filling and topped with an oaty butterscotch crumble. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Step 1: Pie Ingredients

Before we can start mixing the ingredients together, let’s take a look at what we need for this recipe. You will need 9 inches Flan Pastry Dough, 4-6 cups Apples (peeled, cored and sliced), 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar, 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar, 1/2 cup Demerara Sugar, 1/2 cup Flour, 1/4 tsp Salt, and 6 tablespoons of melted Butter.

Step 2: Preheat Oven

To start off, preheat your oven to 200°C / Gas Mark 6.

Step 3: Create Apple Filling

In a large bowl, mix the sliced apples with the granulated sugar, demerara sugar, flour and salt until completely coated. Then add in the melted butter and mix well.

Step 4: Prepare Flan Case

Roll out the flan pastry dough to fit a 9 inch pie pan. Make sure it covers the pan completely. Gently press the dough down to remove any air pockets.

Step 5: Fill Flan Case with Apple Mixture

Pour the apple mixture into the flan case, spreading it evenly. Make sure to fill it completely. Sprinkle any remaining sugar over the top of the apples.

Step 6: Create Oaty Crumble Topping

Now let’s make the oaty crumble topping. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup Flour, 1/2 cup Demerara Sugar, 1/2 cup Oats, and 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon. Then pour in 6 tablespoons of melted butter and mix until you form big clumps.

Step 7: Add Oaty Crumble Topping to Apple Filling

Sprinkle the oaty crumble over the top of the apple filling ensuring it is spread evenly.

Step 8: Bake

Place the pie on the middle shelf of your oven and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling is cooked through.


There you have it, a complete guide on how to make this delicious Traditional Scottish Apple Butterscotch Pie with an oaty crumble topping. Serve fresh from the oven with some whipped or ice cream on top, or store it in the fridge to enjoy later. Trust me, this pie is a dessert must-have!

Substitutions and Variations

 Warm up your kitchen and your heart with this delicious homemade pie
Warm up your kitchen and your heart with this delicious homemade pie

One of the beauties of cooking is being able to experiment with different ingredients and flavors. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, or if you happen to be out of a certain ingredient, don’t hesitate to try some substitutions or variations to make this traditional Scottish recipe truly your own!

Instead of using apples, you can also use pears, rhubarb, or mixed berries for the filling. Additionally, instead of making a single crust pie with a flaky pastry dough, you can opt for a deep-dish pie with an oaty crumble topping for some added texture.

For those who have a sweet tooth and want to add an extra layer of decadence, consider drizzling some caramel sauce over the top of the finished product. And if you’re feeling particularly experimental, why not add a twist to the classic butterscotch by incorporating hints of vanilla extract or even smoky flavors from homemade butterscotch?

Take inspiration from other desserts too! One option is to incorporate plum jam into the filling while another option is to mix in some ground cinnamon with the brown sugar. Chess pie lovers might appreciate this dessert substitution tip from Erin McDowell. She recommends adding a couple tablespoons of butterscotch pudding mix to any basic pie recipe for an extra level of creaminess.

Remember that these suggestions are simply starting points – feel free to get creative and come up with your own unique approach to this delicious apple butterscotch pie recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to impress your friends and family with your baking skills with this classic recipe
Get ready to impress your friends and family with your baking skills with this classic recipe

When it comes to serving and pairing this delightful apple butterscotch pie, I recommend you serve it warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Trust me, nothing beats the sweet, warm apple filling paired with the cool, creamy texture of whipped cream or ice cream.

If you prefer a boozy pairing, a glass of whiskey or bourbon as an accompaniment could work wonders. The rich flavors of the pie are perfectly complemented by these spirits to create a harmonious matchup.

If you’re sticking to non-alcoholic options, you could also pair this delectable pie with your favorite hot beverage like tea or coffee. It’s like having tea and cake but with an added twist of indulgence.

Lastly, if you feel adventurous and want to take things up a notch, try adding a drizzle of homemade butterscotch sauce on top of the whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream. This will take the flavor pairing to another level and create an unforgettable dessert experience.


Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Apples and butterscotch were just meant to be together in this irresistible pie
Apples and butterscotch were just meant to be together in this irresistible pie

This Apple Butterscotch Pie recipe is an excellent dessert to prepare ahead of time. Once baked, it can last for a few days if you want to enjoy it later on without the fuss of baking again.

To store this pie, wrap it tightly using plastic wrap or aluminum foil before putting it in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to three days when stored well. Moreover, you can also freeze the pie by wrapping it in plastic wrap and then covering it with foil. Simply thaw the frozen pie in the fridge overnight before reheating.

When reheating this pie, use a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for approximately 20 minutes until heated through. Covering the edges of the crust with foil will prevent it from burning while reheating.

If you want to enjoy your Apple Butterscotch Pie fresh out of the oven, consider prepping all the ingredients beforehand so that you only need to assemble them when you’re ready to bake. You can even make the butterscotch sauce ahead of time, keep it in the refrigerator and then simply reheat it before serving.

Whether you choose to make this Apple Butterscotch Pie ahead of time or on-the-spot, serve it with whiskey-infused whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a warm and comforting dessert that’s perfect for any gathering or special occasion.

Tips for Perfect Results

 I can already smell the cinnamon and nutmeg wafting through the air
I can already smell the cinnamon and nutmeg wafting through the air

To ensure the success of your Apple Butterscotch Pie recipe, I’ve gathered some tips and tricks that I’ve learned throughout my years of experience as a chef specializing in British cuisine. These tips will help you achieve a perfect outcome with every bake. So, let’s get started!

Tip #1: Choose the right apples

The type of apples you use can greatly impact the texture and flavor of your apple butterscotch pie. You’ll want to choose firm, tart apples like Granny Smith or Braeburn to withstand baking and hold their shape while providing a tangy contrast to the sweetness of the butterscotch pudding.

Tip #2: Blind bake the crust

Blind baking is a process where you pre-bake an empty crust before filling it in. This method not only ensures a crisp and flaky crust but also prevents it from getting soggy due to the juicy apples. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and follow your preferred pie crust recipe for a single crust. Line the crust with parchment paper or aluminum foil and then fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15-20 minutes, remove the weights or beans, then bake for another 10 minutes until it turns golden brown.

Tip #3: Use quality ingredients

It can’t be stressed enough how important using quality ingredients is for any recipe. For this Apple Butterscotch Pie, go ahead and splurge on good quality butter, flour, sugar, and vanilla extract to elevate the flavor profile of your pie.

Tip #4: Make homemade butterscotch sauce

Sure, you could buy pre-made butterscotch sauce from the store, but trust me when I say that making your own sauce from scratch will make a big difference in taste. Try out one of our recommended homemade butterscotch sauce recipes online if you have time for an extra step.

Tip #5: Add a dash of salt

A pinch of salt can balance the sweetness in the butterscotch filling and top crust of your pie. Try mixing 1/4 tsp salt with 1 tbsp brown sugar for the oaty crumble to add a delicious and complex flavor.

With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to mastering this Traditional Scottish Recipe for Apple Butterscotch Pie. Have fun baking!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this traditional Scottish recipe for apple butterscotch pie is a must-try for any pie lover. The combination of deep apple flavors and classic butterscotch pudding will make every bite a delight to the taste buds. Whether you choose to top it with an oaty crumble or a homemade butterscotch sauce, this dessert will surely become a crowd favorite.

With the tips and substitutions provided in this article, you can customize the recipe to your liking and dietary restrictions, without sacrificing any flavor or consistency. All you need is some basic ingredients like flour, egg, and sugar – as well as some Scottish staples like demerara sugar and plum jam – and you’ll be on your way to making this delicious pie.

So put on some tunes, grab your wooden spoons (as they did in Episode 5 of The Kilted Chef), and get ready to impress your loved ones with this mouth-watering dessert. And don’t forget to share your variation on social media – who knows, maybe you’ll inspire the next generation of Scottish recipes!

Traditional Scottish Recipes - Apple Butterscotch Pie

Traditional Scottish Recipes - Apple Butterscotch Pie Recipe

I found this on an interesting and informative web site, and tried this on my family last night. Very good and easy. Especially when using ready prepared pie crust and sliced, tinned or frozen apples. A thin layer of plum jam and a meringue topping make this pie different, and extra good. Prep time is determined by whether or not you use fresh or tinned/frozen apples.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Apple, Dessert, European, Fruit, Inexpensive, Low Protein, Mixer, Oven, Scottish, Small Appliance, Sweet
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Servings 1 pie
Calories 321.2kcal


  • 9 inches flan pastry dough
  • 4 -6 cups apples, to fill the flan case completely
  • 100 g demerara sugar (light brown)
  • 125 g granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plum jam
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 pinch salt


  • You can use a ready-prepared pastry flan case or make your own. I recommend Recipe #148258.(I would like to mention that on, most pie crust recipes are made with half lard, half butter. Seems to be another scottish touch, which I like).
  • Peel and thinly slice the apples to fill the case completely.
  • Beat together one egg and two tablespoon of cream. Mix this with the brown sugar, flour and pinch of salt.
  • Spread this mixture over the apples and bake in a preheated oven at 220C/425F/Gas mark 7 for ten minutes. Then reduce the heat to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 for a further 20 minutes or so, until the apples are soft.
  • Make a meringue topping by placing two egg whites in a dry bowl and beat with an electric whisk/mixer until firm peaks form. Add the white sugar gradually, beating constantly until the mixture is thick and glossy and all the sugar has dissolved.
  • Spread the plum jam over the apples and then spoon the meringue over the filling. Swirl into peaks with a fork or flat-bladed knife.
  • Bake for a further 20 minutes or so until the meringue is lightly golden.(watch kind of closely, I've burned meringues by following these directions excactly because ovens vary) Serve cold.


Serving: 140g | Calories: 321.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4.7g | Fat: 12.5g | Saturated Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 40.8mg | Sodium: 216.3mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 29g

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