Vietnamese Coffee Crack Pie

Cookie for crust

  • 2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (3 ounces) flour
  • Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • Scant 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
  • 1/3 cup (2 1/2 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) sugar
  • 1 egg

For crust

  • Crumbled cookie for crust
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Scant 1 cup (3 1/2 ounces) rolled oats

For filling

  • 14 tablespoons light brown sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons milk powder
  • 1 cup (2 stick) melted butter
  • 1/2 cup espresso or strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Make cookie crust

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk the egg into the butter mixture until fully incorporated. With the mixer running, beat in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until fully combined. Stir in the oats until incorporated.

Spread the mixture onto a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking sheet and bake until golden brown and set, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to the touch on a rack. Crumble the cooled cookie to use in the crust. This makes enough for two crusts.

Make crust

Combine the crumbled cookie, butter, brown sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse until evenly combined and blended (a little of the mixture clumped between your fingers should hold together).

Divide the crust between 2 (10-inch) pie tins. Press the crust into each shell to form a thin, even layer along the bottom and sides of the tins. Set the prepared crusts aside while you prepare the filling.

Make filling

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, salt, milk powder, butter, espresso, and sweetened condensed milk until you have a fairly homogenous mixture.  Gently whisk in the egg yolks and vanilla without whisking in too much air.

Divide the filling evenly between the 2 prepared pie shells.

Bake the pie for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 degrees and bake until the filling is slightly jiggly and golden brown (similar to a pecan pie), about 15-20 minutes.  Cover loosely with aluminum foil if the top browns too quickly. Remove the pies and cool on a rack.

Refrigerate the cooled pie until well chilled. The pies are meant to be served cold, and the filling will be gooey. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Makes 2 Crack Pies and serves 16.

Recipe for crust by the Los Angeles Times and filling by Javaholic.


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