Elder Care in Hudsonville, MI: Eat Dessert First Celebration

From the dawn of time children have been begging to eat dessert first. In the month of August, we celebrate National Eat Dessert First month. So, with a month of eating dessert first, it means there had better be a good supply of scrumptious dessert recipes for elderly home caregivers and their loved ones.

Butterscotch Coffee Pie

1 (9 inch) deep dish pie shells (unbaked, store bought or homemade)

½ cup soft unsalted butter

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 ½ tablespoons very finely ground powder-like coffee

2 large eggs, at room temperature

Elder Care in Hudsonville, MI1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons milk

1 cup butterscotch chips

½ cup chopped walnuts or ½ cup pecans

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for garnish

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • While the oven preheats, put your pie shell in the refrigerator to keep it cool.
  • Filling: using an electric mixer, cream the butter on high speed, gradually adding the sugars. Beat in the coffee.
  • The mixture will remain coarse and clumpy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and beating well after each addition.
  • Blend in the vanilla
  • Add the flour and salt and blend the filling until evenly mixed
  • Blend in the milk, and then stir in the butterscotch chips and nuts.
  • Scrape the filling into the chilled pie shell, smoothing with a spoon.
  • Bake the pie on the middle oven rack until the center is set, about 50 minutes, turning the pie 180 degrees about midway through the baking.
  • When done, the top of the pie will turn dark golden brown.
  • That’s good – it does not mean the pie has over-baked!
  • Give the pie a slight nudge to check for doneness – the filling should not move in waves, but it may jiggle near the center.
  • Transfer the pie to a cooling rack and cool.
  • The pie can be eaten slightly warm or at room temperature or it can be chilled for 1 to 2 hours before serving, though it is best not to serve it cold or the butterscotch chips will be hard.

This is a very unique recipe, made from an original chocolate chip cookie pie toll house recipe. It is rich yet delectable. Though not too healthy, a person should still watch the portion sizes. Freezes very well so it can be pulled out of the freezer and serve to surprise guests or just as a special treat on a day that you don’t want to cook dessert!

If you or someone you know needs help with elder care in Hudsonville, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 658-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.