vanishing act + crack pie

In the blink of an eye, a whole month vanishes, and I wonder what happened to anything and everything. Did I bake? Did I cook? Did I blog? What DID I do?

You must forgive my unintentional hiatus from blogging. I had good reason.

This Little Guy/Nephew visited us for a month. We ran circles around the kitchen, ventured into NYC, read books, resisted naps, and snacked a whole lot. I made a bunch of old favorites for him: rich yellow cupcakes, cornflake crunch cookies, NY Times chocolate chip cookies...

 all very well received. He also relished his role of Cookie Dough Taster.

I managed to try one new recipe. If you can only bake one recipe this month, I'd highly recommend this one— Crack Pie. My Son, 11, perked up his ears. "Crack?!?"

I, thinking how the heck do you know what crack is, instead said, "Yes, Son, it is THAT addictive."

The dessert is simultaneously gooey, chewy, crunchy, creamy, and sinfully sweet, even with my dialing back the sugar. It is a multi-phase recipe, first baking an oatmeal cookie base, baked, then crumbling and forming a pie crust, and then baking with a filling. Don't let that intimidate you, the pie takes just a bit more time, but it's worth it.

I know the slice doesn't look that big, and on top of that, it's an awfully short piece of pie, but you've got to believe me, the super rich portion more than sufficed. (Next go around, I won't put the confectioner's sugar on it, though the sugar makes for a prettier picture.) I heard a lot of "mmm"s and "yuuum"s as I watched the pie vanish into thin air.

Crack Pie
from Momofuku Milk Bar, by Christina Tosi

For the Oat Cookie (used in the crust):
2/3 c. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp. white sugar
1 large egg
1 cup rolled oats

Heat the oven to 375ºF.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk the egg into the butter mixture until fully incorporated. With the mixer running, beat in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until fully combined. Stir in the oats until incorporated.

Spread the mixture onto a 9 x 13-inch baking sheet and bake until golden brown and set, 18-20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to the touch on a wire rack. Crumble the cooled cookie to use in the crust.

For the Crust:
Crumbled cookie for crust
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine the crumbled cookie, butter and salt in a food processor and pulse until evenly combined and blended (a little of the mixture clumped between your fingers should hold together). Divide the mixture between 2 10-inch pie tins. Press the crust into each shell to form a thin, even layer along the bottom and sides of the tins. Set the prepared crusts aside while you prepare the filling.

For the Crack Pie Filling:
1 1/4 c. white sugar, granulated
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. milk powder
1 c. unsalted butter, melted
3/4 c. plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 large egg yolks

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, salt and milk powder. Whisk in the melted butter, then whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla.

Gently whisk in the egg yolks, being careful not to add too much air. Divide the filling evenly between the two prepared pie shells.

Bake the pies, one at a time, for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325ºF and bake until the filling is slightly jiggly and golden brown (similar to a pecan pie), about 10 minutes. Remove the pies and cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate the cooled pies until well chilled. The pies are meant to be served cold, and the filling will be gooey.

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  1. That is one seriously cute kid. :)

    1. Thanks so much! We thoroughly enjoyed having him around- cute and smart.

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one on hiatus! So many thoughts going through my head......So little time to write! :-)

  3. Wow that sounds good!! I love a good homemade pie recipe. :)

  4. Yum - sounds delicious & definitely addictive :)


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