25 March 2013

The Pie They Must Serve in Heaven

That's what one of my coworkers called this pie - "the pie they must serve in heaven on a golden plate with a glass of condensed milk".  That may be true, and bless your heart if it is, because then you could eat as much as you wanted without having to let out your pants.  Here in our earthly realm, you'll have to dole out this pie sparingly.  My husband commented that this pie is "all dessert".  We actually discussed if there is any nutritional value to it.  We finally came to the conclusion that there's some protein and other than that this pie is entirely bad for you.  It is also entirely delicious, as you would expect it to be with all those pesky nutrients out of the way.

The main reason that this pie is so utterly ridiculous is the crust.  I found a version of this crust in another of the cookbooks I got at the flea market a couple of weeks ago.  The filling for the original pie was lemon, but I couldn't really see putting lemon filling in a pie crust that consists primarily of melted Baby Ruth candy bars. It almost seems like an insult to fruit, so I made a caramel filling.  You have to have some whipped cream, too.  You need the cream to cut though all that chocolate and caramel.  It might be the only thing preventing me from going in to cardiac arrest right now.  This really is spectacularly simple, even the filling.  Don't let the double boiler scare you away.  All you need for a double boiler is a heat proof bowl and a saucepan with some simmering water.  That's the picture of mine in the middle on the group below.

 First get some chocolate cookie crumbs.  I couldn't get any here so I whizzed some chocolate graham crackers in my mini food processor.  Put some Baby Ruth bars, and peanut butter in your double boiler until they're melted.  They get a little clumpy and weird, but don't let it worry you.

Mix all your crust ingredients together and press them into a pie plate.  Really at this point, you could just forego the filling altogether and just smash the crust out flat into one big cookie......

Dump the simmering water out of the saucepan you used for your double boiler and put in the filling ingredients.  Start whisking everything together before you add your milk.  

This is what it will look like once you have everything combined and the milk has been added.  Don't quit whisking, though, or the part at the bottom of the pan could start to scorch or burn.

Eventually your filling will get really thick and caramel colored.  At that point pour it into your crust and toss it in the refrigerator.  Serve it up with a squirt or three or whipped cream.

Caramel Baby Ruth Pie
makes one pie

For the crust:
3 regular or 6 snack size Baby Ruth candy bars
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
3 T butter, melted 

For the filling:
1 cup brown sugar
3 egg yolks
5 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups milk

To make the crust, put the candy bars and peanut butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering (not boiling) water.  Stir until the candy bars are completely melted; remove from the heat.  Stir the cookie crumbs and butter into the candy bar mixture until well combined.  Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased pie plate; chill until ready to fill.

To make the filling, combine the brown sugar, egg yolks, flour, butter, and extracts in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.  Whisk the mixture until barely combined (the butter won't be completely melted yet), then whisk in the milk.  Cook over, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thick, 15 or 20 minutes.  

Pour the filling in the prepared crust and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

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