Thursday, June 27, 2013

Addicted to Crack (Pie)

When we saw the options for pies in this month's challenge, Sara and I both independently and immediately knew what we were going to make: crack pie. Although she hasn't had the real deal, Sara had made Momofuku Milk Bar's famous dessert before. I'd only heard it raved about countless times.

Me oh my, the results didn't disappoint. This pie was out-of-this-world delicious and dangerously addictive.

Although the steps took a while, this was a relatively easy recipe. First, we baked the large oat cookie.

We then crumbled this and made it into a simple crust.

The filling was egg yolk-based with lots of sugar and other good things. It turned from a yellowish tan to a darker brown upon baking. Not the prettiest pie ever, especially since we neglected to dust it with powdered sugar.

We were supposed to chill it overnight -- yeah right. We cooled it in the fridge for a bit and then popped that sucker in the freezer for a little longer. So the consistency of the first few slices wasn't perfect, but they were damn good.

And the pie was even better the next day. The following day, it was gone. Only two lucky men got to share the results of this particular challenge with us.

Crack may be whack, but I'm already thinking about my next slice of crack pie. A pilgrimage to Momofuku Milk Bar may be in order, too.

Finally, check this out if you want a behind-the-scenes look at a Momofuku Milk Bar pastry chef making this superstar pie. I think we got it right!

RECIPE: Crack Pie
Source: Bon Appetit

Servings: 12
Preparation time: 20 + 20 minutes
Baking time: 18 + 50 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour + 2 hours, approx.
Chilling time: overnight


Oat Cookie Crust
9 tablespoons (1 stick + 1 tbsp) (135 ml) (4½ oz) (125g) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided (6 & 3 tbsp; 85gm & 40gm)
5 1/2 tablespoons (85 ml)(2½ oz) (70 gm) (packed) light brown sugar, divided (4 & 1½ tbsp; 50 gm & 20 gm)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) (30 gm) (1 oz) white sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (210 ml) (80 gm) (2¾ oz) old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup (120 ml) (2½ oz) (70 gm) all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon (2/3 gm) baking powder
1/8 teaspoon (2/3 gm) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon (1½ gm) salt

3/4 cup (160 ml) (170 gm) (6 oz) white sugar
1/2 cup (packed) (120 ml) (100 gm) (3½ oz) light brown sugar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (8 gm) (¼ oz) dry milk powder
1/4 teaspoon (1½ gm) salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) (120mlk) (4 oz) (115gm) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
6 1/2 tablespoons (100ml) heavy whipping cream
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar for dusting


Oat Cookie Crust

1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4. Line a 13x9x2 inch/33x22x5cm metal baking pan with parchment (baking) paper. Lightly spray or butter a 9 inch/22cm diameter glass or ceramic pie dish.

2. Combine 6 tablespoons (85 gm) of the softened butter, 4 tablespoons (50 gm) of the brown sugar and the white sugar in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

3. Add egg and beat until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute.

4. Add oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat until well blended, about 1 minute.

5. Dump oat mixture into prepared baking pan and press out evenly to edges of pan.

6. Bake until light golden, 18 minutes. Transfer baking pan to wire rack and cool cookie completely, about an hour.

7. Using your fingertips, crumble the cookie a into large bowl - there should be no identifiable pieces of cookie remaining. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons (45 gm) butter and 1-1/2 tablespoons (20 gm) brown sugar. Rub in with your fingertips until the mixture is moist and sticks together when pressed between your fingers.

8. Transfer cookie crust mixture to pie dish. Using your fingers, press mixture evenly onto bottom and up sides of pie dish (about 1 inch/2.5cm up the sides if your pie dish is deep). If your pie dish is shallow, place it on a baking sheet in case of overflow.


1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4. If possible, use bottom-only heat, or the filling may brown too quickly.

2. Whisk both sugars, milk powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

3. Add melted butter and whisk until blended.

4. Add cream, then egg yolks and vanilla and whisk until well blended.

5. Pour filling into crust.

6. Bake 30 minutes (filling may begin to bubble up). Reduce oven temperature to 325°F/160°C/gas mark 3. Continue to bake until filling is brown on top and set around edges but center still jiggles slightly, about 20 minutes longer.

7. Cool pie completely in pie dish on wire rack. Chill uncovered overnight.

8. Sift powdered sugar lightly over top of pie. Cut pie into thin wedges and serve cold.

Rachael from pizzarossa was our lovely June 2013 Daring Bakers’ host and she had us whipping up delicious pies in our kitchens! Cream pies, fruit pies, chocolate pies, even crack pies! There’s nothing like pie! 


Sara Clark said...

It may be uncouth to post on our own blog, but man, I want a piece of that pie right now.

Korena said...

Oh gosh, I WANT A PIECE TOO! I can't wait to try this recipe - your review only made the craving worse. Thanks a lot ;)

zazacook said...

Your crack Pie looks absolutly delicious!
Bravo :)

Anonymous said...

Your crack pie looks fantastic!!! Thanks so much for baking with me this month :)