Sunday, July 21, 2013

crack pie

for my writing class, i had to take pictures of something that may be difficult to describe in words. a picture is worth a thousand words anyway, right? i thought for a while and couldn't really decide what to do so i decided i would show how to make a pie! this is a recipe my poppy brought to utah with him when he moved here from the south. my dad grew up eating it all the time so he decided to teach me how to make it a few years ago! 

warning: it is highly addictive, hence the name crack pie

since i had to post the pictures somewhere for my teacher to have access to them, i figured i may as well share the recipe with all of you so you could enjoy it too!

here are all the ingredients you will need.
Oat Cookie Crust
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
5 1/2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
6 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (for dusting)

first, you'll preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
then, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray it with pam or a similar cooking spray. 

now the fun starts :)
combine 6 tbsp butter, 4 tbsp brown sugar, and 2 tbsp sugar in a medium sized bowl.

beat until it is light and fluffy.

add the egg.

now beat again until it is pale and fluffy.

add the oats, flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

beat until well blended.

spread the oat mixture out onto the cookie sheet and spread it out evenly so it is about 1/4 inch thick.

bake for 17-18 minutes or until the top is golden brown and cool the cookie completely.

break the cookie into smaller pieces and put it in a blender to grind it into a "crumby" texture.
add 3 tbsp butter and 1.5 tbsp brown sugar. mix with your fingers until the mixture is moist enough to stick together.

press the mixture into the bottom of a glass baking dish and then up onto the sides.

now for the filling.
add both sugars, milk powder, and salt to a medium sized bowl.

whisk until combined.

add butter.

whisk until combined.

add cream, egg yolks, and vanilla.

whisk until combined.

pour the filling into the crust.

place on a cookie sheet and onto the middle rack of the 350 degree oven.

after 30 minutes, turn the temperature down to 325 degrees.

cook another 20 minutes or until there are brown spots on top and the middle still moves slightly when the dish is gently shaken.

refrigerate overnight and dust powdered sugar on top.
cut into slices and serve cold!