Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Momofuku's Crack Pie

                          This is one of those recipes that has a little story.

As you may of noticed I don't waste anything. Recently on a recipes board someone mentioned that to me. I loved the comment and wanted to see what I could come up with regarding egg yolks.

I fry egg whites in the morning. Max usually gets the yolks, which I fry for him after I eat my eggs.

Max needs to diet and I needed to find other uses for the egg yolks. Found this recipe from LA Times.

There was something about this recipe, I don't know what but I had to make it. I never have heavy cream in the house and the recipe has tons of sugar. The "boys" are away for the summer so who was gonna eat it?

The crust is made in two parts. That is something Cyndy does! I made the "cookies" a few days before. The day I made the rest of the recipe who appears at the house- Jake and Kyle! They road their bikes over just to say hi. Jake said he had to say hi to his adopted Grandma! 

I made this in two different type of pans. I made the recipe in one 10 inch pie plate and I also used this tartlet pan.


 Cookie For Crust 

2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (3 ounces) flour
Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
1/3 cup (2 1/2 ounces) light brown sugar
3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) sugar
1 egg
Scant 1 cup (3 1/2 ounces) rolled oats


Crumbled cookie for crust
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt


1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) sugar
3/4 cup plus a scant 3 tablespoons (7 ounces) light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon (3/4 ounce) milk powder
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
3/4 cup plus a scant 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 egg yolks
2 prepared crusts

Powdered sugar, garnish


Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In the kitchen aid bowl, using the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using an electric hand mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy.

Whisk the egg into the butter mixture until fully combined. Beat in the flour mixture slowly until well combined then stir in the oats and make sure they are well combined also.

Spread the mixture onto a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking sheet and bake until golden brown and set, about 20 minutes.

 Remove from heat and cool to the touch on a rack. Crumble the cooled cookie to use in the crust.


Combine the crumbled cookie, butter, brown sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse until evenly combined and blended (a  mixture clumped between your fingers should hold together).

 Divide the crust 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.


Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

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 2 prepared pie shells.

Bake the pies, one at a time, for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees 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 rack.

Refrigerate the cooled pies until well chilled. The pies are meant to be served cold, and the filling will be gooey. 

This is a very good dessert. I saved some for my cousin and her daughter who loved it.


  1. Wow-that's some decadent dessert--MMMMMMmm! I love that little tartlet pan-what a perfect way to bake this pie. Single servings!

    Linda-you and I share the same philosophy-I won't waste anything either-I'm all about use it up. Food is too doggone expensive to waste!

    I wondered when Jake would be back over to see his special "cookie lady"...I knew he and his buddies wouldn't forget ya. :)

    1. I miss the boys! I love to bake and Gabe won't eat it- I love it but my hips don't!

  2. Crack? oh yeah. Don't you love personal Portable Deliciousness? I do. I've had this recipe for years and have yet to try it. After seeing these photos, I'm going to. running late but i'll be back!

    1. Cyndy- I KNEW you had this recipe! Bet you will get a better photo of it .

      The pie was so darn good. I had to give it away to get it out of the house before I ate all of it!

    2. are you kidding me? photograph? they'd be gone before they'd cool! hahaha you outdid yourself with these, they look FANTASTIC. you can see the crumb and all that yumminess. I'd be a smilin' with a big cup of coffee........

  3. Jake and Kyle have a built in radar. So cute they were their to help eat the goodies.

  4. I came across this recipe in the NY Times a few years back and pinned it. I have yet to try it but this may inspire me to give it a shot! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Terry this SO good. The pie came out a little to gooey and I put it in the freezer to "firm" up. I couldn't stay away from it! I cut tiny slices off till I go to the point where I just cut myself a large slice. It was fantastic and I would make it again!

      I hope you like it.

  5. Yum for the tum! Does this ever look good. The boys came at just the right time! :)

    1. Yeah Angela, they need the calories more than I do!

  6. I had to visit for the name alone!! I always end up here! Thanks for a great recipe. Pinning!

    1. Elizabeth,you know you are ALWAYS welcomed here! This is one of those recipes I had to make. It sounds so good and I loved every single bite.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. This sounds amazing! Pinning....

    1. Kate- it is! It really is so darn good. I kept going into the freezer where I put the pie, the kids ate all the tiny ones. I was so happy when my cousin and her daughter finished it. So were my thighs-LOL!

      Thanks for the pin!

  8. Just pinned your awesome recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. I wish I could reach through the screen and gobble this up. All of the Momofuku recipes are amazing! Thanks for sharing on the Melt In Your Mouth Monday Blog Hop!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party.

  11. Delicious! It looks amazing! Pinned. Please come and party with us tonight. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  12. Linda- this pie looks incredible and absolutely decadent. Thank you for sharing. I used to do a lot of baking/dessert making but haven't in a long time. Crack pie makes me want to start back up! Apparently I'm not the only one who is drawn to this pie--it tied for Top Viewed this week and will be featured tonight at See Ya in the Gumbo!

  13. I could almost smell this as I was reading the recipe! Oh mylanta, what a problem to have in your kitchen! I'd be snitching it til it was gone! Piday Party!