Friday, June 25, 2010
Almond Joy Pie for a Picnic
Every year, Louise sponsors a "Virtual Picnic", in which people post recipes for things they'd bring on a picnic. I snagged the letter A this year, but didn't want to bring the tried, true and much loved apple pie. So I came up with something a little different.
I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing....Almond Joy Pie!
ALMOND JOY PIE
1 pie crust (premade or my best pie crust ever)
2-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
3 tsp almond extract
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
slivered almonds to top
Preheat the oven to 450F and bake the pie crust for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Beat together the eggs and milk, then add the extracts and sugar. Beat 1 to 2 minutes, until well combined. Stir together the coconut and chopped almonds, and spread in the pie crust. Pour the egg mixture over the coconut mixture, and sprinkle the top with slivered almonds. Place in the oven, reduce the heat to 350F, and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the custard is set.
I was going to melt some chocolate and drizzle it over the top of the pie, but (a) I didn't feel like waiting for the pie to cool, and (b) I'm just not that big a fan of chocolate mixed in my food. My daughters want this pie again, with the chocolate on top, but the boys are not fans of coconut. Bonus! They won't pig it all down! Good thing I made them a cake, right?
Actually, family lore has it that an Armenian immigrant was sponsored to enter this country by my grandmother's father, and he invented the Mounds bar. Because my grandmother was very allergic to eggs, he made a special batch of his candy for his sponsor's little girl without eggs. Decades later, my grandmother told me that she had been frightened by this man's appearance, because his face was heavily pockmarked, and given his kindness to her, she'd always felt badly about her fear. No one is left alive to verify this story, but the name of the founder of that candy company would lead me to believe that this is a legend that's probably true. In any event, it's a nice story, and this was the inspiration for my pie.
For more Virtual Picnic foods, be sure to visit Louise! She'll have a complete listing next week.
Hope you all have a great weekend!