Does everyone say they’re “saving room for pie” during the holidays? Growing up I would be asked that question a lot, probably too much. My Grandma, bless her soul, believes a fat baby is a healthy baby. So, growing up I never had a shortage of sweet treats and only had to stop eating when I was full. She was also my babysitter for the first few years of my life – this is partly why I am a Fatty McFatterson! =D
Pie is my life, it’s better than cake. Pie is something I understand. It’s layered, it has depth, and doesn’t need to be sweet.….. As I make a sweet cream pie. I like to find uncommon or forgotten desserts. Nothing is wrong with pumpkin or the classic fruit pies. Why stick to the same though?
I was watching the series Chef’s Table, one of the chefs is Grant Achatz. He is the executive chef at Alinea in Chicago. He changes his menus often because he is looking for a challenge and something new to him.
That was like the slap to the face that woke me up in a way. Sure, the status quo is good, but why? Why are we just doing the same dishes year, after year, after year. Don’t they say to learn from history? Don’t repeat it.
This pie was popular during the early to mid 1900’s. Making this brings memories to my parents and grandparents. It also gives everyone a break from the norm. This pie is best a day old. The result is a velvety creamy texture, finished off with notes of cinnamon and Nutmeg.
1 Refrigerated pie crust
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Cup Half & Half, or milk
2 Egg Yolks
5 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp butter (cut into 16th)
1 Tsp Vanilla
½ Tsp Cinnamon
¼ Tsp Nutmeg
Dash of salt
- Combine sugar, flour, and salt until blended.
- Add the 2 cups of whipping cream and mix well.
- Combine the half and half, egg yolks, and vanilla together.
- Stir in the egg yolk mixture into the sugar mixture and blend together well – by hand
- Pour the mixture into the pie shell.
- Dot the butter around evenly on top of the pie.
- Sprinkle the top of the pie with cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Bake at 350 until it bubbles through for 10 minutes – about an hour.
- Check the pie by wiggling the edge of the pie plate, if the pie is still loose in the center, it isn’t done.
- When it no longer loosely and sloppily jiggles, it is done. It will still be a little jiggly though.