If your backyard hens have thrown themselves into full production mode, and you want a super delicious and FAST dessert, creme brûlée pie is the recipe for you. I included this one in Homegrown and Handmade, and because it was so fast to make, I often demonstrated this when doing TV talk shows to promote the book. It was no problem at all to get this mixed up and into the pie plate in the 5-minute TV segments.
It is also not nearly as decadent as it tastes. With only 172 calories per slice (1/8 of the pie), I have even been known to eat a slice for breakfast. Compare the nutrition facts with a lot of children’s breakfast cereals, and this pie is actually more nutritious. I am not saying you should have it every day, but you don’t have to feel guilty if you have this as a dessert every now and then.
Butter a 10-inch, deep-dish pie pan. Do not flour it, or the custard filling with bubble up, and you’ll have some very thin areas after you take it out of the oven and it falls. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Put the following ingredients into a blender and blend on low for about 30 seconds or until all ingredients look well mixed:
2 cups whole milk (cow or goat)
1/2 cup flour (all purpose or rice flour)
3/4 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
Pour into pie pan. Gently sprinkle with 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. The turbinado sugar will stay crunchy on top of the pie through the baking process and mimics the flame-kissed top of creme brulee. The batter will be quite runny, so take care when placing in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes. A sharp knife inserted into the center of the pie should come out clean, and the sliced area should stay open and not look watery inside. We chill the pie in the refrigerator for at last four hours before serving, although a few people have told me that they like it when it’s still warm. And a word about the lovely yellow color of the pie in the picture — don’t expect your pie to be that dark unless you are using eggs from pastured chickens.
Rice flour is the best gluten-free alternative. Oat flour also works nicely, if you don’t have a problem with cross-contamination in oat products. Almond flour and coconut flour will create something that is nothing like creme brulee.
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