Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Momofuku Milk Bar - The Crack Pie Recipe

Martha Stewart said "crack" on national television.  I heard it with my own ears.  You can, too, if you go to this Eat Me Daily post.  Anyone familiar with the Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar in Manhattan knows that if you're talking crack, it's in reference to the crack pie David Chang whips up there.  Martha visited the now famous chef's concept bakery when it first opened, and she and only she could get him to divulge the recipe for this notoriously addictive pie.  Martha rocks.

This pie, as it turns out, rocks, too.  Here's why:
  • It's got relatively few ingredients, and none of them fancy/unusual (at least this version)
  • It's rather easy to make, and you only need a baking pan and a 10 inch pie pan
  • It's delicious - really, really delicious... and I don't even like pies overall
First, the ingredients. The recipe on the show was by weight, but several good people around the web have converted this to volume measurements - something I didn't know right away as I furiously scribbled down the aired recipe and then nearly cry when I realized I don't own a food scale.  Thank you, web people.  I then halved the recipe for just one pie (the show's recipe was for 2, 10 inch pies) and made a couple key changes: I took out the dry milk, for one.  Why?  I don't think most people have dry milk around the house, I certainly didn't, and I feel the purpose of this recipe is the awesome convenience of not having to run out for special ingredients.  If you have dry milk, or want to go out and buy some, bless your heart.  Here is a version from The Boston Foodie left untouched by my meddling.  

I gotta warn you, any pie that has few ingredients is going to, obviously, have larger quantities of each: in this case that means lots of eggs... and lots of butter.  But seriously, it's called CRACK pie, so you can't really expect vitamins and minerals, can you? 

A note on the eggs: there are three yolks required for the recipe (hey, the original wanted FOUR).  Might seem like a waste of whites, especially if you don't get lucky and get a double yolk like I did (Ha!), BUT, did you know you can freeze your egg whites?  Yep.

Recipe: Momofuku Crack Pie - Peas Love Carrots Version (makes one 10-inch pie)

For the cookie:
1/4 cup unsalted, room temperature butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 cup light-brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 medium egg
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the crust:
1/4 cup unsalted, room temperature butter (1/4 stick)
1/2 tablespoon light-brown sugar
Pinch of salt

For the filling:
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup melted, unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 egg yolks plus 1 whole egg

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting 

What to do with it all...

  • First make the cookie - preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine all the ingredients for the cookie and mix until well blended
  • Spread mixture on a greased cookie sheet (you can also line the cookie sheet w/parchment instead)
  • Bake cookie for 12 - 15 mins, or until golden

  • Let cool enough to handle then crumble into a large bowl and add the crust ingredients and combine well
  • Press crust into 10 inch pie pan, bottom and sides, and set aside

  • To make the filling - reduce oven to 325 degrees
  • Combine filling ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until smooth

  • Pour into pie crust and bake for 15 minutes, or until somewhat set
  • Reduce oven temperature again to 315 and bake until the top is browned
  • Remove from oven and cool slightly
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 mins and dust with confectioner's sugar before serving


  1. Oh my goodness - how rich and delectable is that! Scrumptious!

  2. Your pictures are just sensational I am so jealous! I can just stare at the quality all day you have done such a wonderful job!

  3. I love the giant-cookie-as-crust concept. I can see how this would be addictive.

  4. you write so well...I mean awesome. I am not a pie lover...but I guess i will try this one out!


  6. We are celebrating my hubby's birthday, and my son's girlfriend is amazing when it comes to baking and desserts. I've sent her the link to your recipe. Sounds delicious!

  7. Definitely looks addictive! It is almost too simple to make.

  8. Getting it flakey but chewie is the real trick. Excellent presentation. Ideal for a cafe.

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  9. This is way too involved for a simple Caveman like me. But, the Cavewoman is a baker extraordinare. I think she'll be all over this one. Thanks for sharing, Mae!

  10. Nope, never heard of crack pie (or indeed, lamingtons- damn, I need to start doing my baking homework!) Looks awesome and quite straightforward- The crust reminds me of English flapjacks... It's a big filled flapjack! So decadent! Deeicated coconut would be awesome mixed with those oats, I reckon!

  11. *Dessicated coconut. Not 'deeicated coconut'. Because that doesn't exist.

  12. This looks amazing. You know, apart from being the Year of the Lamington (I made that up), 2010 is also the Year of the Pie (I made that up too).

    I got a book about pie for Christmas; it has changed my life. There will be posts.

    I like the look of this btw. Make the cookie, then crumble it up. The defeatist in me would have a ball making a dish like this!

    Love your plates too.

  13. It's called crack because it's evil!!! Great looking pie!

  14. I, on the other hand LOVE pie...so I probably could develop a serious addiction. Okay, so bake a cookie, crumble it and turn it into crust for a delectable filling? Check.

  15. I wish we'd had this recipe last week - I'm so full of rich food from the holidays! So, I'm going to save this one for the next holiday :) Maybe Easter! Thank you! I missed that Martha episode ;)

  16. OMG - this looks amazing. A-MAY-ZING!

  17. I saw the Crack Pie post on Eat Me Daily too...it looks super dee duper rich! I think you'll have to drink some kale juice after to wash down all the butter! I don't think i'll make this but I might try it when I get back to nyc. Happy New Year Mae!

    ps: Have you seen the youtube video where a guy cracks open this giant egg and there's a regular sized egg (in the shell!) inside it? It's nuts!

  18. I missed this on Martha, so I'm so happy to read your post. We'll definitely try making this -- we ate the pie several times on our last visit to NYC, and it is aptly named. Great pics (as always!).

  19. lordy - just looking at this makes me addictive to crack....

  20. Ooh you make a cookie for the pie, how exciting! I wonder what you do with it...does it sit on top? Hmmm...reading reading... wha?? You make a super giant cookie then break it up! Aww...

  21. LOL I second Drick's comment. Mmm, giant cookie pie...

  22. Cookie + Pie? I'm sure I could get addicted to that too!

  23. Aaah! I have everything except the cream! I have scootie cream...nah, don't think it would work. I have to make this. I want to make it NOW! PLEASE don't make me go out in the snow....please....oh, ok then. Gone to get my jacket on...seriously!

  24. YUM! I have all the ingredients on hand right now too! I wish I heard Martha Stewart say crack on TV... priceless.

  25. My first time here ... you have an adorable blog! And THANK YOU for posting this recipe .. heard about crack pie from Anderson Cooper (of all people!) when he co-hosted with Kelly on "Live with Regis & Kelly" just last month!

  26. I was wondering can you substitute the granulated sugar with Agave nectar?

  27. @strokeofliving -I would think it would work & is a great idea - I'd imagine you might want to reduce the melted butter just a little bit in the "custard".

  28. Hi, I was just wondering why you added 1 whole egg + 3 egg yolks instead of using all yolks (4 yolks) for the filling?

  29. Hi Mia!

    I changed up the filling after a little trial and error. The texture seemed to "bind" a little more and give it a little bit more volume. Just my preference, though. :) Hope that helps!


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