Crack Pie, a Manhattan bakery's creation, is addictive -- even at $44 a pie.

Crack Pie, a Manhattan bakery's creation, is addictive -- even at $44 a pie. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

 

It was love at first bite when Food section assistant editor Rene Lynch met Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar's Crack Pie. A woman obsessed, she tracked down the recipe from pastry chef Christina Tosi. Its filling is ooey-gooey and buttery. The crust is inspired by an oat cookie. "I'll wager that it's not like any pie you've ever had before because that salty-sweet-crunchy-oaty crust is as much a part of the pie as the filling itself," Lynch says. "Eat it with a spoon. While it's still in the pie plate."

Momofuku's Crack Pie

Total time: 1 1/2 hours, plus cooling and chilling times

Servings: Makes 2 pies (6 to 8 servings each)

Note: Adapted from Momofuku. This pie calls for 2 (10-inch) pie tins. You can substitute 9-inch pie tins, but note that the pies will require additional baking time, about 5 minutes, because of the increased thickness of the filling.


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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

Scant 1 cup (3 1/2 ounces) rolled oats

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

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