My favorite pie crusts involve crumbling cookies

Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie @

Because I am on Pinterest and Pinterest loves an ooey-gooey pie, I have been aware for some time that something called “Crack Pie” exists. It’s served at Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC for $5.25 a slice or $44 for a whole pie. Forty-four dollars! That’s a lot of dough.

Cost aside, the last time I was in New York was something like 25 years ago, and I probably won’t be going back anytime soon. So I was intrigued to see that the much-heralded Crack Pie was one of the three options for this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge. The other two were a chocolate and caramel tart and a crostata, both of which sounded great but neither or which had “crack” in the name. And they also looked like the pastry/crust would be harder to make, and I’m kind of scared of pastry-making. So in retrospect I guess I didn’t exactly nail the “challenge” portion of this challenge, did I? I did make a creamy blueberry pie this month, but I bought the pastry for that. I also played a lot of Candy Crush Saga this month. So there’s that.

Anyway, back to the crack.

The Crack Pie recipe looks pretty long and involved, but it isn’t difficult at all. You start by making a giant oatmeal cookie, which you then crumble completely and turn into your crust. That’s the most involved part; after that, it’s just mixing a few things together and baking it.

It’s a very rich pie, so make sure you have a glass of milk on hand when you’re ready to try it. I’m not sure it really earns the “crack” rating — I haven’t had an overwhelming desire to make another one, and I’m pretty sure when they called it that they didn’t mean that the top of it might crack even though that’s what I told Poppy when she asked — but it is pretty tasty.


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Five things Rockford wanted for dinner

I slept late on Saturday, and while I was snoozing Rockford made this week’s menu plan. He did a fine job. He forgot to ask the kids about their kids’ choice meal, which means no cheeseburgers or fish sticks!

Monday: Tacos

A good start to the week.

Tuesday: Out

I’m not sure what we’re doing yet.

Wednesday: Baked orange chicken

This, Rockford tells me, is a recipe we used to make every now and again. I don’t remember it at all.

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner

I usually do eggs and veggie sausages; Rockford planned eggs and sausage biscuits and gravy! He’s so fancy.

Friday: Pizza

The summer of a lot of pages


My English-professor friend Hannah has been hosting a summer reading challenge for the last couple of years, and I’m determined to finish it this year. This summer’s challenge is to read one book from each of five categories between June 2 and September 2. I’m roughly 1 1/3 books in so far, so I think I might actually get it done this time.

Here’s the challenge:

A book from this century

Hannah suggested we choose from this goodreads list of the best books from this century. My friend Emily has been suggesting “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer for a good long while, and she swore that it wasn’t as flighty as the title made it sound. And she was right! It was the first book I read for this summer’s challenge, and I enjoyed it.

A BBC “Big Read” book

At first I thought I’d just read the first book on the BBC’s “Big Read” list that I hadn’t already read. I started “Birdsong” by Sebastian Faulks a few weeks ago, and I could not get into it. There was a lot of talk of labor and unionizing and repressed romance, and I nearly fell asleep every time I opened the book. So I took it back to the library and went back to the list. Everything from “The Princess Diaries” to “Ulysses” is on there, but I’m leaning toward either “The Pillars Of The Earth” by Ken Follett or “The Colour Of Magic” by Terry Pratchett for this one.

A Pulitzer winner

I’m about a third of the way through Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove” (1986), and so far I’m really enjoying it. Rockford says the miniseries was great, but I never saw it so I don’t know what’s coming.

A North Carolina author

Hannah’s heart is in NC — literally and figuratively — so this was a nice fit for the challenge. North Carolina has produced a lot of great authors, so I’ve had a tough time narrowing it down. Right now I’m thinking about trying
“Salt: A Novel” by Isabel Zuber.

Reader’s choice

I have no idea what I’m going to do for this one yet. What do you think I should read?