Monday, February 28, 2011

Momofuku Milk Bar's Crack Pie

What can I say about this pie that hasn't already been said? One bite and you're hooked. It'll make an addict out of you. Yadda yadda yadda. Thing is, I made this pie out of sheer curiosity.

After attempting to buy a single pie from David Chang's Momufuku Milk Bar online, for $44US, only to be informed they don't ship to Canada, I was nearly perspiring from the sheer torture of not knowing what a $44 pie would taste like. I'm a bit of a food snob. If it costs more, it must taste better, right?
So I did what any normal person would do. I found the recipe and baked it myself. In fact, I baked two of them at a fraction of the price.

Was it like crack? Was it love at first bite? Did I think about it day and night? Well, no. But it sure was tasty. A marriage of brown sugar, oats eggs, milk powder, vanilla that can create a decadent love child. And yes, everyone who tried it - including me - was momentarily stunned into silence.

I did some online research before baking it and some came to the conclusion that milk powder was the one ingredient that elevated this pie from delicious to divine. Was it? I have no way of knowing, because I made sure to find it at my local grocery store after reading it was a necessary ingredient. And now I have a nearly-full bag of milk powder sitting in my baking cupboard, but that's my problem, isn't it?

If you're also dying of curiosity now, and you live outside the U.S., you should save yourself the cash and whip it up yourself. You can find the recipe here. Like the Momofuku employee who responded to my query told me, it's easy to make.

So what's the big deal? If you ask me, it's likely not the milk powder and the fact that the crust is made of the most decadent, rich, buttery oatmeal cookie. That, for me, makes the pie.
The fact that the buttery, caramel-like pie filling is made of eight yolks doesn't hurt. You heard me right - eight yolks. It's rich. It's very sweet. Don't serve it to those whiners who are going to take one bite, wince at the sugar content, and then ask for an apple. It's wasted on them.

Substitutions: None. I followed this one to the letter.

Would I make this again? Yes, but only for a fellow foodie, die-hard baker, or for someone who knows who David Chang is or what Momofuku is. Because to make it for myself would be craziness. And even I'm not that crazy.

Grade: Four stars out of five. And I hesitate to dock points from this simple, but comforting, childhood memory-evoking, hug-giving pie. The name? Marketing genius. The first bite? Yes, fine, I will bite. It was love at first bite. Hardy har har. But I am docking points because it's not much to look at. Even if you sprinkle powdered sugar on it. Heck, even if you were to use a stencil. Also -- I know David Chang is the hottest chef on the NYC food scene right now and Milk Bar pastry chef Christina Tosi, the mastermind behind Crack Pie is obviously talented and tuned in but... $44? Really? You're only raising expectations to disappoint them.

5 comments:

Brenda said...

Mary, I'm so glad you made this. I've heard of this pie and was so curious if it was as good as it was supposed to be. I guess it's something I should make if I have a lot of people to eat it. That pie would be deadly for me to just have lying around as I'd end up eating it all. I will definitely try this the next time I have company.

Mary said...

I must admit I was shovelling a spoon of the pie filling into my mouth nearly every time i opened the fridge. It's dangerous stuff to have lying around.

Tia said...

nice - i like the honest review! i am gonna try and make this and save the 44 bux lol. Buttercreambarbie

RSA Certificate said...

Oh oh I know what Momofuku is!! Please make the pie for me now :)

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Wow Great article !!!! Keep it up I enjoyed this one.

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