Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Too much decadence!

Photograph: Claire Barboza (www.seriouseats.com)
My blog-friend at www.cakespy.com has published her first book (Cakespy presents 'Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life'), and it's just as amazing as her website. The only thing that tops Jessie Oleson's sweet tooth is her imagination.

All of her creations sound amazing--the type of thing I'll consume in Heaven when I don't have to worry about inches on my hips. In the meantime, I partake of her genius slowly and cautiously. But sometimes, care needs to be abandoned!

Today was one of those days--Tuesday morning Bible study with brunch. I've brought cakes, pies, and cookies. Hmmm, what about something that combines all of those? Wack-a-doodle? No, Jessie has done that. Here's her recipe for "Cookie Cake Pie."

Cake-Spy Cookie Cake Pie
1 batch (about 2 cups) of your favorite cookie dough, homemade or store-bought
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
1/2 batch of your favorite cake batter, homemade or from a mix
2 to 3 cups frosting or other topping, such as whipped cream

First, prepare the cookie dough. If you choose to use the kind that comes in a tube from the supermarket, I promise I will not judge you. Whichever you choose, be sure to bring the cookie dough to room temperature before assembling the pie, so that it will be easier to spread.

Place the pie dough in a 9-inch pie plate.

Place the cookie dough on top of the pie crust and, using your fingers or the back of a spoon, spread the dough so that it evenly coats the bottom of the crust. It should be about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. You will probably have extra cookie dough. Set your cookie dough-filled pie crust aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Make the cake batter as specified in your recipe and then pour it directly on top of the cookie dough until the pie crust is about two-thirds filled (the cake will rise, so you want to leave room for it to do so). You will probably have leftover cake batter.

Place the filled pie plate on a baking sheet (to catch any drips). To ensure that the sides of the cake don't bake too fast, gently place a piece of aluminum foil along the perimeter of the pie, leaving the center exposed.

Put your weighty pie-monster in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. At this point, take the pie out of the oven and remove the aluminum foil; return to the oven and bake for another 15 to 25 minutes, or until the top is domed and golden, and a cake tester comes out mostly clean. Since the types of dough and batter will vary depending on the choices you've made, you might want to start checking for doneness after the initial 30 minutes.

Let cool. If the pretty domed top of your pie collapses, don't despair; it is just more of a void to fill with frosting. Frost generously with your choice of topping. Garnish as desired.

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