Watch Cooking Channel

New Show on Cooking Channel: Unique Sweets

Crack Pie from Milk Bar

Imagine a show that’s devoted entirely to the sweeter side of food. Cinnamon rolls, birthday cake, pie in a jar… whatever you crave. Enter Unique Sweets, a show that’s on mission to find the most creative ways to get your sugar fix across the country.

Unique Sweets, the desserts-only spin-off of Cooking Channel’s popular show Unique Eats, premieres Sunday, April 24, at 10:30 p.m. ET. To tempt your sweet tooth while you wait for the premiere, here’s a preview of one of the treats featured in the premiere episode: Crack Pie.

Crack Pie was born in the kitchens of the New York restaurant wd~50 when then-pastry chef Christina Tosi threw together basic pastry ingredients (butter, sugar, egg yolks, heavy cream, vanilla) over an oatmeal cookie crust, to make a simple, delicious staff meal dessert. The pie was ravenously consumed and frequently requested by the staff, quickly adopting the name “crack pie” for it’s addictive qualities.

When Christina moved on to work at Momofuku Milk Bar, she brought her addictive sweet treat with her. Crack pie’s popularity grows, and it even received a shout-out on Live, With Regis and Kelly.

Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookies

Momofuku Milk Bar's compost cookies are a popular menu item.

The popularity of the Milk Bar’s crack pie is only rivaled by two other unique sweets developed by Christina: a compost cookie that’s filled with the usual suspects of butterscotch and chocolate chips, but then decked out with the addition of pretzels, potato chips, coffee, and oats; and cereal milk that is made by toasting corn flakes, steeping them in milk, and then straining them.

The inspiration for the treats offered at the Milk Bar come from all over the map – the flavors of childhood treats, comforting food from moms and grandmas, treats in every corner store, and forbidden late-night junk. They’ve served soft-serve ice cream in flavors ranging from rosemary, marshmallow sour gummy, and red velvet cake, to potato chip, PB&J, salt n’ pepper, and even BBQ sauce. While some of the flavors can seem outside the box, the team is always shooting for approachable and tasty.

Momofuku Milk Bar Cinnamon Bun Pie

This is just a taste of the Unique Sweets offered up Sundays at 10:30 p.m. Be sure to tune in April 24th to catch the start of the sugar rush.
 

Crack Pie
Yield: two 10” pies

 

To make this pie you’re going to need:

¼ cup butter
1 recipe Oat Cookie (recipe follows)
1 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 recipe Crack Pie Filling (recipe follows)
dusting of confectioner’s sugar

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a microwave, gently melt your butter on a med/low setting for 15-30 seconds. Let it cool until it is not hot to the touch before proceeding.

3. Put the oat cookie, brown sugar and salt in the food processor and pulse it on and off until the cookie is broken down into a wet sand. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can fake it till you make it and crumble the oat cookie diligently with your hands.)

4. Transfer the cookie crumbs to a bowl and, with your hands, knead the butter and ground cookie mixture until the contents of the bowl are moist enough to knead into a ball. If it is not moist enough to do so, gently melt and additional 15-25g of butter and knead it into the oat crust mixture. Divide the oat crust evenly over two 10” pie tins (two pies is always better than one).

5. Using your fingers and the palm of your hand, press the oat cookie crust firmly into both 10-inch pie shells. Make sure the bottom and the walls of the pie shells are evenly covered. Use the pie shells immediately or, wrapped well in plastic, store the pie shells at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

6. Place both pie shells on a ½ sheet pan. Divide the crack pie filling evenly over both crusts. The filling should fill the crusts ¾ way full. And bake at 350F for 20 minutes. During this time, the crack pie will still be very jiggly, but should become golden brown on top. Know your oven, which corners bake your cookies or pies lighter or darker and take these nooks into consideration when placing your pies in the oven—use the shelf and corners that brown your baked goods best.

7. At 20 minutes, open the oven door and reduce the baking temperature to 325F Depending on your oven this will take 5-10 minutes—keep the pies in the oven during this process. When the oven reads 325F, close the door and finish baking the crack pie for 5 minutes.

8. At 5 minutes, the crack pie should still be jiggly in the bulls eye center, but not in the outer center circle. If the crack pie is still too jiggly, leave the pies in the oven an additional 5 minutes in the 325F oven.

9. Gently take the half sheet pan of crack pies out of the oven and transfer to a rack to cool at room temperature. You can speed up the cooling process by carefully transferring the pies to the fridge or freezer if you’re in a hurry. Freeze your pie for as little as 3 hours or overnight to condense the filling for a dense final product—the signature of a perfectly executed crack pie.

Wrap the crack pies if you are not serving them right away. Decorate your pies with 10x through a fine sieve or the pinch of your fingers.

 

Oat Cookie
yield: crust for two 10” pies

½ cup butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
3 Tablespoons  sugar
1 egg yolk
½ cup + 1 tablespoon flour
1 cup rolled oats
scant 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
pinch baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt

1. Heat the oven to 350F.

2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars on medium high for 2 to 3 minutes until fluffy and pale yellow in color. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula.

3. On a lower speed, add egg to incorporate.  Increase the speed back up to a medium high for 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar granules fully dissolve and the mixture is a pale white color.

4. On a lower speed, add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix 60-75 sec until your dough comes together and all remnants of dry ingredients have incorporated. Your dough will still be a slightly fluffy, butter fatty mixture in comparison to your average cookie dough. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula.

5. Pam spray and line a quarter sheet pan with parchment or a Silpat. Plop the oat cookie dough in the center of the pan and  with a spatula, spread it out until it is ¼” thick. The dough won’t end up covering the entire pan, this is okay. Bake the oat cookie at 350F for 15 minutes.

6. Cool completely before using in the crack pie recipe.

Filling for Crack Pie
yield: filling for two 10” pies

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
¼ cup milk powder
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 egg yolks

1. In a microwave, gently melt the butter down in 15-second intervals. Make sure it is not hot to the touch.

2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on low speed, mix together the dry ingredients until they are evenly distributed. If you try to mix the crack pie filling in on any higher than a low speed, you will incorporate too much air in the following steps and your pie will not be dense an gooey- the essence of the crack pie.

3. Add the melted butter to the mixer and paddle until all the dry ingredients are moist.

4. Add the heavy cream and vanilla and mix until the white from the cream has completely disappeared into the mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

5. Add the egg yolks to the mixer, paddling them in to the mixture just to combine. Be careful not to aerate the mixture.

Tags:

Comments (2812)

  1. adios max tablets posted 11/03/2013

    Title…

    […]Here is a great Blog You might Obtain Fascinating that we Encourage You[…]…

  2. zoloft posted 11/04/2013

    zoloft…

    […]although sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not associated to ours, we really feel they’re truly really worth a go by, so have a look[…]…

  3. universal remote posted 11/04/2013

    Third Flower…

    My wife and i happen to be now delighted that Albert could perform his reports on account of the tips he had via your web page. It is once in a while perplexing to simply constantly be gifting away measures which many people might have been offering. S…

  4. link posted 11/04/2013

    Related……

    […]just beneath, are numerous totally not related bogs to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[…]……

  5. designer Snow boots 2013 2014 posted 11/04/2013

    Healing’s Dragon…

    to locate difficulties to further improve my web page!I suppose its okay for making usage of a few of your respective ideas!!…

  6. english filmes posted 11/04/2013

    english filmes…

    […]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don?t get a great deal of link love from[…]…

  7. stay at home mom posted 11/04/2013

    The Ships’s Voyages…

    I believe engineering just causes it to be even worse. Now there is a channel to in no way treatment, now there will not likely be considered a chance for them to find out….

  8. app ontwikkelaar posted 11/04/2013

    app ontwikkelaar…

    […]very few web sites that happen to be in depth beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[…]…

  9. tsw power leveling posted 11/04/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a point like this….

  10. how to make money online posted 11/04/2013

    Title…

    […]the time to study or pay a visit to the subject material or sites we have linked to beneath the[…]…

  11. public records posted 11/05/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[…]……

  12. SEO posted 11/05/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to piddeling around on the internet and realized…

  13. eq2 power leveling posted 11/05/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    My sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to earlier…

  14. career mom vs stay at home mom posted 11/05/2013

    The Slave of the Husband…

    Searching for forward to researching further from you afterward!……

  15. safe power leveling and gold…

    we can provide that power leveling faster and safe ,welcome to place order on our website…

  16. Surrealist Art posted 11/06/2013

    Surrealist Art…

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]…

  17. runescape 3 power leveling posted 11/06/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    we can provide that power leveling faster and safe ,welcome to place order on our website…

  18. crear cuenta hotmail posted 11/06/2013

    Just Browsing…

    While I was surfing yesterday I saw a excellent article about…

  19. age spots cream posted 11/06/2013

    age spots cream…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless genuinely worth taking a search, whoa did 1 find out about Mid East has got much more problerms also […]…

  20. Multilevel Marketing Business posted 11/07/2013

    The Absent Game…

    Among me and my husband we have owned more MP3 players over time than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (typical & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few many years I’ve settled down to one line of gamers….

  21. Carbon Michel posted 11/07/2013

    Woman of Alien…

    Fantastic operate you may have completed, this web site is basically great with excellent facts. Time is God’s method of keeping almost everything from taking place without delay….

  22. carbon marcky posted 11/07/2013

    New Show on Cooking Channel: Unique Sweets | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel…

    Great facts is often observed on this website web site….

  23. Bass fishing tackle posted 11/07/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    […]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[…]……

  24. infinity 2 global review posted 11/08/2013

    Whispering Misty…

    So sorry you may pass up the workshop!…

  25. markle publicacoes…

    lockport radcliff celebra rikta tanan blackberry elimnates….

  26. Attorneys Mesothelioma posted 11/08/2013

    Attorneys Mesothelioma…

    […]below you?ll locate the link to some sites that we feel you should visit[…]…

  27. adfdsaeeeeeeeeeee posted 11/08/2013

    Title sdfsdf…

    This is my Excerpt…

  28. index posted 11/08/2013

    Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nevertheless definitely really worth taking a search, whoa did one master about Mid East has got far more problerms as well […]…

  29. Mavish.com posted 11/08/2013

    Title…

    […]usually posts some really intriguing stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[…]…

  30. marko man posted 11/08/2013

    Thorn of Girl…

    Very good information can be located on this web website….

  31. Trust Jacker Review posted 11/09/2013

    Title…

    […]very couple of sites that take place to become detailed beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[…]…

  32. wow power leveling eu posted 11/09/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    I feel truly blessed to have seen your site and look forward to so many more amazing minutes reading here…

  33. eq2 power leveling posted 11/09/2013

    Title…

    This is my Excerpt…

  34. youtube promotion posted 11/09/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    […]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[…]……

  35. runescape 3 power leveling posted 11/09/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    Thanks a lot…

  36. Atlanta Beauty Spa posted 11/10/2013

    The Birch of the Shadow…

    I think there might be considered a number of duplicates, but an exceedingly helpful listing! I have tweeted this. Lots of thanks for sharing!…

  37. consider uk short loan posted 11/10/2013

    Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated data, nonetheless actually really worth taking a appear, whoa did a single understand about Mid East has got extra problerms at the same time […]…

  38. Title…

    […]although sites we backlink to below are considerably not connected to ours, we feel they may be actually worth a go by way of, so possess a look[…]…

  39. iherb coupon code posted 11/10/2013

    Title…

    […]below you’ll obtain the link to some sites that we feel you need to visit[…]…

  40. Spa In NYC posted 11/11/2013

    Third Flower…

    My spouse and i are now delighted that Albert could carry out his scientific studies due to the thoughts he had via your web page. It is actually once in a while perplexing to only always be making a gift of ways which some individuals might have been …

  41. Beauty Spa Savannah posted 11/11/2013

    Whispering Misty…

    So sorry you can expect to skip the workshop!…

  42. news posted 11/12/2013

    Title…

    […]just beneath, are quite a few entirely not related internet sites to ours, nevertheless, they are surely worth going over[…]…

  43. restaurant redondo beach posted 11/12/2013

    Title…

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nonetheless definitely worth taking a search, whoa did 1 find out about Mid East has got much more problerms at the same time […]…

  44. safe power leveling and gold…

    You’re the one performing a great job…

  45. Fresno Criminal Lawyer posted 11/12/2013

    Fresno Criminal Lawyer…

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]…

  46. weight loss classes posted 11/12/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw a writer writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  47. funny photos posted 11/12/2013

    funny photos…

    […]The facts mentioned within the write-up are several of the most effective available […]…

  48. review posted 11/12/2013

    Awesome…

    There is definately a lot to find out about this subject. I like all the points you made….

  49. Commit 2 Get Fit posted 11/12/2013

    Commit 2 Get Fit…

    […]please stop by the web sites we stick to, including this 1, as it represents our picks through the web[…]…

  50. cheat dragon city gems posted 11/13/2013

    Title…

    […]very handful of internet websites that occur to become comprehensive below, from our point of view are undoubtedly properly worth checking out[…]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c