A Pie-Off-Contest!

23 Nov

I don’t remember if you guys remember last year when I made my first coconut cream pie? It was supposed to be for Dan’s work pie contest?! Well I did not have time to make anything to enter last year but I was on it this year. The pie contest was actually set for the day I left for Costa Rica.

I really wanted to make the coconut cream pie again but one of Dan’s co-workers was making one. Dang it! I thought what other pie could I make?! Crack pie came to mind. If anyone has heard of Momofuku or the Milk Bar in NYC than you have probably heard of crack pie. I don’t even know how to describe it. It is more like a giant, thick cookie. I made it for Thanksgiving a bunch of years ago and remembered it was a hit so I thought what the heck!

I made the cookie crust on Tuesday night.

Cooked the pie on Wednesday night to let it sit in the fridge overnight.

pressed crust

pressed crust

uncooked pie fill

uncooked pie fill

Finished pie!

Finished pie!

Pie-off Thursday night!!
We had a massive pretend “snow-storm” late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning so there was some ice on the road. When anything like this happens Portland and the people of Portland do not know what to do so one of the pies did not make it to the contest. Also the guy who was making the coconut cream ended up making a chocolate cream pie instead.

the menu and voting form

the menu and voting form

Fruit: Sore cherry and Twapple pie(Twix and apple)
Cream: Chocolate Cream, Pumpkin espresso, Crack(it wasn’t really a cream pie but it definitely wasn’t a fruit pie and it did not have any nuts in it—>so Dan just entered it into the cream category)

The aftermath:

After my duties of cutting very tiny slices of crack pie I got to try them all:

I liked them all. I even tried a bite of the 2 fruit pies. They were good just not my thing!

The votes were not tallied until their staff meeting last Tuesday so I was already in Costa Rica but I got word I won the cream category! I was so excited! Here is my prize:

It was so much fun! I am looking forward to making another pie and defending my title next year!

If you are interested in the Crack Pie recipe you can find it here.

I read a lot of the comments and my tips are:
*Put a little more salt in the crust.
*Instead of crumbling the cookie crust put it in the food processor. You can get more of a finer crumble. I thought I would have to really push it into the pan but you don’t really need to! I will also put a little bit of cooking spray on the pan.
*Cover the crust with a bit of foil (not the entire pie but just the crust) for the first 15 minutes of baking so it does not burn. (I did not do this but I thought about it afterwards when I thought the crust was burning a bit—that was the biggest comment that the crust burns)
*After you turn the oven down to 325 only bake about 15-18 minutes. Right when it starts to bubble. I started watching it at about 15 minutes I think that it was done but was afraid it wasn’t so I let it cook a little longer.
*Put a half cup of mini chocolate chips in the filling. Just for fun!

Have you heard of Crack Pie or been to the Milk Bar??

6 Responses to “A Pie-Off-Contest!”

  1. Kecia November 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM #

    I have not heard of this, but it looks and sounds AH-MAZ-ING!! Congratulations…and welcome back to reality šŸ˜‰

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats November 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM #

      I was surprised that half of Dan’s office had heard of it!!
      Can’t wait to work out tonight!! šŸ™‚

  2. Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com November 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

    I haven’t heard of crack pie, but it looks right up my alley! I’ve always wanted to be a judge of a pie/dessert (or any food really) contest. Not too surprised you won. Ms. Baker! Congrats šŸ™‚

  3. Single-Tracked Mind November 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM #

    I hadn’t heard of crack pie, but it sounds amazing! This reminds me of what people call puppy chow/crack.

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats November 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM #

      You can’t even imagine until you have had it!! At least with the pie you can stop yourself…i feel like every time i have had puppy chow i just keep eating and eating!!! šŸ™‚

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