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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy National Popcorn Day! Now, Can We Talk About Pie?

Are you confused? So was I when I heard out of the corner of my ear, via the television, that Sunday, today would be/is National Popcorn Day! It isn't as if I didn't know it, I mean after all, I do have quite the "food" calendar under by belt. Fact is, today I wanted to talk pie. As a matter of fact, I've been "dying" to share this post with you ever since I discovered a new/old way for making the perfect custard pie! It's called, are you ready, drum roll please...Slipped Custard Pie! That's right, you heard me loud and clear, Slipped Custard Pie. Now, get your head out of the refrigerator, this is no pie-in-your-face kind of joke. It's been tested and approved:)

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against popcorn. Nothing at all. In fact, I've been known to pop a bit of corn in my day, especially in October when we celebrate Popcorn Poppin' Month! Tis the season for popcorn, I suppose, with the big "game" just around the corner. But hey, I covered that with the wing post I did the other day. But, just in case you're visiting today in search of Popcorn, I did manage to "confiscate" a Coconut-Popcorn Crunch Pie from the nice folks at The National Popcorn Board. The pie is baked on a pizza pan. You really should go check it out for the kiddies:)

As for me, I'm looking to the future, this Thursday, January 23rd, happens to be National Pie Day! And since I already have plans for Wordless Wednesday, what other day would I have to share my new found secret? What? You've heard of Slipped Custard Pie? Oh well, that's crummy but I have some other pie considerations for you. A pie in the face perhaps, lol...

According to the Guinness World Records website, the custard pie is the traditional pie of choice for throwing at actors:) Admittedly, I was rather surprised to discover that the first person to hurl said custard pies was silent screen star, Mabel Normand.

The first ballistic custard pie was discharged by Mabel Normand in the direction of Fatty Arbuckle in A Noise from the Deep (USA 1913). In subsequent pictures Mabel was generally the recipient of Arbuckles pies. He had an unerring aim and an extraordinary physical dexterity that enabled him to hurl two pies at once in opposite directions!

At first the pies used in slapstick comedies were the real thing, but it was soon found that they had a distressing tendency to disintegrates in the air. A patisserie called Greenberg's in Glendale, California, came up with a solution to the problem - a special ballistic custard pie with a double thickness of pastry and a filling of flour, water and whipped cream. The filling came in two flavours; blackberry if the recipient was a blonde, lemon meringue for a brunette, to show up better on black and white film. The custard pie weathered the end of the silent era, finding use in 1930s films by Laurel Hardy and the Three Stooges, and later, in such films as Beach Party (US63) and The Great Race (US65). Pie-Throwing In Comedy: A Brief History

It took Charlie Chaplin to bring it to the next level. He staged an actual pie fight which ended up being the first "proper" pie fight on film:

Granted, I've been around for a while but I don't remember anyone except Soupy Sales throwing pies. This next video is a long one:)

You might be wondering why I chose to share Slipped Custard Pie as my pie of choice to celebrate National Pie Day. Simple really, I despise soggy pie crust. The cool thing about Slipped Custard Pie is that you bake the pie crust without the filling! That's right. The crust is baked by itself and the custard is baked by itself and then the custard is slipped into the crust. No more gummy crust! Here's a better explanation from America's Best Lost Recipes from the editors of Cook's Country Magazine, also the source for today's custard recipe.

Now don't laugh at my pie, or the crust for that matter. I had some kitchen issues that Marion just wasn't able to help with:) We had a mix up with pie plates and sizes:) It seems we baked a couple of pies for the women's shelter over the holidays and we both forgot to retrieve the pie plates. Anyway, we made do. And, don't let the looks deceive you, this custard pie was dee...li...cious, silky melt in your mouth smooth with just the kind of crust I was looking for.

I admit, I did buy a frozen pie crust as a back up. Making pie crust is not my forte. Although, some of those pies we made for the shelter did have homemade pie crust. Marjie, the Modern Day "Harriet" was kind enough to give me a "foolproof" recipe that came to our rescue. For this recipe though, I wanted a crust that was hovering on being cookie like. I finally chose a recipe from Ken Haedrich's Pie book which you can see here on google books. The recipe was exactly what I wanted but, I just didn't have the right size pie pan to do it justice. You see, the thing with making a "slipped" pie is that one pie plate has to be smaller than the other, the pie pan with the custard filling should be the smaller one. The pie plate I had for the custard was indeed smaller but the pie plate for the crust was way to big!

Here's the recipe for the custard. With the exception of adding a tablespoon of lemon curd to the milk mixture, and using vanilla sugar (you can see the vanilla specks in the custard if you look real close) it is the same recipe as the one found in Cook's. Oh, I only used 1 teaspoon of vanilla because I used the vanilla sugar and I strained the custard in a mesh strainer before putting it in to its pie plate.

Slipped Custard Pie
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsps. cornstarch
2 tsps. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. fresh grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
1 prebaked 9-inch pie shell

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Heat milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming — about 6 minutes.
2. Whisk together the eggs, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl.
3. Heat your prebaked pie shell in the oven until hot for 5 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, whisk steaming milk and cream into the egg and cornstarch mixture in a slow steady stream. Return egg and milk mixture to saucepan and cook on medium low, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the custard begins to thicken and forms a ridge on tip of the spoon when bottom of pan is scraped and spoon is lifted.
5. Leaving the pie plate on the oven rack, pour the custard into the hot pie shell. Bake until custard has set around edges, but jiggles slightly in the center when shaken. (12-15 minutes) Cool to room temperature before serving.

Would I make this pie again? Absolutely! There are so many possiblitlites and to tell you the truth, the only problem I didn't have was the "slipping." I was careful, followed directions and it worked like a charm. I'd love to try "technique" again as a Chocolate Custard pie or perhaps a Crème Brûlée:)

Thank you all so much for your kind words on the "Love Story" post as Nee liked to call it. The next Valentine's Day cards and story will be up on Friday. Enjoy Popcorn Day and don't forget Pie Day on Thursday! I'm off to breakfast now but I'll be back to visit you all ASAP! (it's a blizzard out there:) Louise

53 comments:

  1. this pie look awesome and like always your post and amazing and fun Louise!!
    xxxx

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    1. It was a fun post to do, Gloria. Those videos were a hoot too!!! Thanks for visiting:)

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  2. Although I like popcorn, 10 times out of 10 I'd rather talk about pie. ;-) And I've never heard of slipped custard pie! Always so much to learn. This looks like loads of fun, and yummy, of course. Good - and fun! - stuff. Thanks.

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    1. Me too, John. It's a very curious technique, John and pretty simple too. Perhaps Mrs. K.R. has heard of it. After all, isn't she the baker in the house:)

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  3. Dear Louise, Custard pie was one of my dad's favorites. I love all the clips you showed and I grew up watching Soupy. I just loved him.
    This was a fun post.
    Have a wonderful Sunday. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. It was a fun post to share, Catherine. When we were kids, we looked forward to coming home from school just to see Soupy on the TV. (and probably because we weren't too crazy about school either:) His antics were so funny, lol...Thank you so much for visiting, Catherine...

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  4. Oh wow - that is cool. Who knew that they used different pies depending on hair colour? Some interesting history here - thanks.

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    1. I had to stop myself form sharing the hair color choices in this post, Cakelaw. I was hoping someone would get as much kick out of it as I did. And, YOU did!

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  5. Hi Louise , got to try this pie , it looks so delicious , showed it to the girls and started checking the pantry for ingredients and the boys said yum , yum mama , it would go good with the pork on that man sure can cook ( John ... K R) My kids are a hoot . Thanks so much for sharing :)

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    1. That's what so wonderful about Custard Pie, Nee, most people have the ingredients on hand. I think John would agree, your kids sure are a hoot! I'm not sure about custard pie after those Moroccan dishes though. Although, they may help with the cooling off of those spicy dishes, lol...Chefs in the making those kids of yours:)

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  6. Lol at your intro Louise! Can't believe you actually found a popcorn pie! Working on pie crust is on my to do list--I keep cheating with pat in crusts, or frozen or refrigerated...

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    1. Oh no, I cheated??? Marjie's recipe really worked for me. Let me know if you want it Inger.

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    2. I would love it Louise. Something needs to get me moving on this--your recipe plus finding out the crust has BHA & BHT might just do it!

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  7. National Popcorn Day ?! How did I miss that ? Seriously , Louise , you're a font of knowledge ;D Same , here , I'm not really fond of making pastry , most of my attempt were quiet disappointing ugh ! I can't help but grin at your pie crust but the smooth as silk filling made up for it lol

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    1. That's okay that you grinned, Anne. At least you didn't laugh, lol...I have a feeling you make a "mean" pastry dough.

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  8. OMG ~ I love your pie - It's totally gorgeous and way better than popcorn. Unfortunately, I don't make very pretty pies so I opted to toss a popcorn post out since I've been in the kitchen for two days testing other recipes. Didn't think I had time to THROW a pie in there ;-)

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    1. Thank you C.J. How sweet of you to "pop" by while you watching the game. Sorry about those 49ers:) I am NOT a pie maker by any stretch of the imagination but, I must admit, it sure tasted good! Your Popcorn Mix looked perfect for the game!

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  9. This is a beautiful picture. It looks delicious. I love caramel Pop corn.

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  10. Louise, I love a good pie in the face! Your slipped custard pie looks excellent for tossing and snacking! Great post!

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    1. We just happen to have just enough pie left for tossing, T.W. At least I strained it so there won't be any lumps!

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  11. That custard pie looks awesome as I love custard!

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    1. I forgot how much I like custard, Mich. If I should ever attempt this again, I would love to try Chocolate Custard!

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  12. wow, that looks good, Louise! so creamy, oh yum! if i can get the frozen pie crust here, i would probably use one too. I would really like to throw a pie at someone's face...if only i could :D

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    1. There have been times I've wanted to toss a pie or two also, Lena. All in good fun, of course, lol...

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  13. I know what you mean about making pie crusts.... I always have trouble with that step!

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    1. In a pinch I've been known to crush a few cookies to make pie crust, Poppy. I'm really, really bad at it!

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  14. Custard pie exquisito muy bien preparado me encanta,abrazos.

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    1. Gracias Rosita. Me alegro mucho de que te guste.

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  15. i can't recall ever encountering a more creamy, more alluring pie. tasty offering, louise!

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    1. You are so sweet Grace. Your comment made my night! Thank you:)

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  16. A sweet popcorn pie! What a cool idea!

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    1. I know how you LOVE your pies, ducky:)

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  17. I love popcorn. I might have had it for dinner tonight...

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  18. You are amazing to find a popcorn pie haha! I love it, looks absolutely my type of pie! Thanks for sharing Louise!

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    1. It was easier to find a popcorn pie than I thought it was going to be, Katerina. Lucky I guess:)

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  19. I guess I missed out on national popcorn day. Although I have to say that sounded like a really yummy idea.

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    1. Not to worry, Lady Lilith, October is Popcorn Poppin' Month!

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  20. Dear Louise, Sorry I have not commented sooner..I have been so busy and wanted to enjoy your post. So this morning I said , now I have some time to read Louise's story...I am so glad that I was able to catch up on your post. I love your popcorn pie, and your videos are so much fun to watch. It made me laugh. My favorite was Soupy Sales..I remember when I was younger I would watch his show all the time. Love when they would throw the pies...What a heavenly "Slipped Custard Pie" recipe, one that I must try. I love custard pie and this one looks so inviting.. Your posts are always so informative and terrific recipes. Thank you so much for sharing, Looking forward to Friday, I want to hear more on your "Love Story" as Nee says.. Have a blessed day, Dottie :)

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    1. No need to apologize, Dottie, I totally understand. I am a bit behind in my visiting:) The Popcorn Pie is from The Popcorn People. They have some interesting ideas on their website:) So glad you enjoyed this post. I'll be posting on Friday for "The Love Story"

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  21. Mmm this is a great idea using pop corn on a cake. I have never thought of that and I can see how tasty it must be as a crunchy topping. I recently made pop corn for my daughter's birthday party and it is always a great favorite for children and adults too. So cheap to make and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. Healthier than crisps too.
    Your custard cake looks yummy! There is nothing more moreish than a crunchy base with custard on top! Yum! It reminds me of my childhood!

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    1. I've seen some really wild popcorn additions on Pinterest, Alida. Some of them look really interesting, others just seem a bit odd:) Kids love Popcorn especially at parties! Personally, I would like another piece of pie:)

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  22. What an amazing pie!!..I so loved it ..I'm going to try it soon...Thanks for Sharing ...

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    1. Welcome Gloria! Thank you so much for visiting. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. I would love to know if you try the pie. It really was delicious!

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  23. Wow Louise the pictures of the pie are just to enticing...my fingers are itching to get through the computer and "feel" the creamy layer. Between us, I rather have pie than popcorn...no offenses.
    I saw your comment in regards to my post...yes, I was loading the pictures and somehow pushed the "publish" button...sorry about that...it was not you...it was me ;-)
    It is corrected...
    Hope you are enjoying your week my dear :D

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    1. You're so sweet, Juliana, thank you:) I finally made it back over to your blog. Your poached fish looks so yummy!

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  24. Hi Louise,

    Whenever I visit your blog, I'm glad that I learn something new! Slip custard pie??? This is so cool... Pardon me but I have never custard slipping off like jelly before...

    Zoe

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    1. Slipped Pie was new to be also, Zoe. Isn't it fun learning new things!!!

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  25. I don't have anything against popcorn but I'll take pie over it anyway. This pie is unlike anything I've ever heard off…thanks for sharing something so different.

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    1. Pie would be my first choice also, Karen!

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  26. I’ve been traveling to visit my grandkids for their birthdays and missed this post! Love that pie! OMG…creamy custard…what could be better! I’m bookmarking the recipe…thanks for sharing, Louise!!

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    1. How wonderful, Kathy! That custard pie was so yummy:)

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