Milk Bar Pie Recipe

Milk Bar Pie

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The other day Raychel and I were really wanting something sweet to eat!  I started looking at old recipes and commenting that I wanted something different.  Something that wasn’t very heavy and seemed a little more “summer” worthy.  Well, Raychel started telling me about a place she ate when she was on a trip to New York called the Milk Bar.  She was telling me about their famous Milk Bar Pie and immediately she wanted me to make it. We looked for a recipe and found one on the Milk Bar web site (www.milkbarstore.com) and I made it!  I normally don’t follow other people’s recipes to the T and this one isn’t the exception to that rule.  It turned out to be a very sweet pie and it was very labor-intensive (which is probably why they charge you $45.00 to buy one) but in the end, it was exactly what I was looking for.  My next step is to make a busy mom version of this sweet treat for those of us that don’t have the time to bake nor the money to spend for a pie.

Here is my version of the recipe (tweaked just a little)!

PREP: 30 minutesCOOK: 50 minutesYIELD: 1 – 9-inch pie

Ingredients:

Oatmeal Cookie Crust:

  • 1 stick plus 1 Tablespoon of butter softened
  • 6 Tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda 
    • NOTE: ⅛ is ½ of a ¼ teaspoon – LOL
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (if the butter is salted, you may want to leave this out)

Filling:

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper and then spray with cooking spray
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine 6 Tablespoons butter, 4 Tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the one whole egg and continue to mix.
  5. Mix in the oats, flour, baking soda, and optional salt.
  6. Mix until well blended.
  7. Evenly spread the cookie mixture on the prepared 9×13 dish and bake in the preheated oven for 17 minutes (or until golden brown).
  8. Cool the cookie completely.
  9. Crumble the cooled cookie into a large bowl and add the remaining 3 Tablespoons of room temperature butter and 2 Tablespoons brown sugar.
  10. Combine with fingers until moist and press evenly into a 9-inch glass pie dish.  
  11. Place the pie dish on a cookie sheet.

For the Filling:

  1. Using a whisk, combine the granulated sugar, milk powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk in the melted butter.
  3. Add in the heavy cream, egg yolks, and vanilla.
  4. Pour the mixture in the pie crust.
  5. Bake on the medium rack in the still preheated oven for 18 minutes.
  6. Crack the oven door, reduce the oven heat to 325 degrees and continue to bake for 8 more minutes. 
  7. Cool completely and place in the refrigerator overnight before serving.  
  8. Dust with powdered sugar. (optional)

Enjoy!

Maurie Kay

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