November 24th, 2008


orange-cranberry-chocolate custard pie

I remembered to take a picture of the pie I made this week. It has a oatmeal crust, which I made, thinking of my sister (celiac disease). The custard was orange flavored, from the zest and juice of 3 Satsuma Oranges. Also mixed in were cranberries and chocolate morsels.


And this is what i think i did, based on memory and from scraps of paper where I wrote down things from about 5 different recipes.

let's see. The crust. Mix together:
1 cup quick oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp butter, soft or melted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
And then spread it out in a greased pie plate

The custard. Mix together:
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup OJ (squeezed from about 3 small oranges, or 2 big ones)
zest from oranges you got the OJ from
5 large egg yolks
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp sugar

Then I threw in a bunch of cranberries cut in half. I also threw in a handful of chocolate chips, but they didn't melt and came out hard and distracting. :(

I put the custard in the crust and baked at 350 for 30 minutes. Let sit for another 20. Then refrigerate for 3 hours.

Voila. in hindsight, I may have added more sugar to the orange bit, not too much though. Just to make is lightly sweeter. And then I'd cut up more cranberries and cook them into a bit of a paste before putting them in. For a tart to balance the sweet oj custard. Maybe even cook the cranberries in a bit of lemon juice. The chocolate, perhaps I would have melted it in with some butter, maybe a bit of cream, to soften it. Then put the chocolate in the crust first, followed by the custard.

Who knows. Just thinking out loud. Cheers!