Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Samoa Pie

My husbands company picnic is today so I spent last night making a special pie to enter into their baking contest. I gave my husband a list of about 75 pies and the Samoa Pie is the one he chose, after all I promised I would double the recipe so he could have one too!

The recipe calls for salted caramel you can purchase this or make your own the recipe is included at the end of this post.

Ingredients (for one 9" pie)

Cookie Crust

1/2 c melted butter
1 large egg
1/2 c packed (light) brown sugar
1 t vanilla
1 1/4 c flour
1/4 t salt

 Pie Top

1 1/2 c chocolate chips (divided into 3/4 c portions)
1 1/2 c shredded coconut, sweetened
~10 oz sweetened condensed milk  (they come in 14oz cans so look out for a banana cream pie that will put the rest of the milk to use)
4 oz salted caramel

Preheat oven to 350

Making Cookie Crust

-Melt the butter in a medium saucepan allow the butter to cool before adding the egg, vanilla, and brown sugar-- whisk until smooth
-Add the flour and salt, then stir until combined
-Pour the batter (it is a fairly thick consistency but is very batter like- similar to banana bread) into a prepared (greased, non-stick spray) 9 inch pie pan
-Bake the cookie crust for about 10 minutes or until the middle begins to look firm and the outside bubbles (like the edges of a pancake).

Turning the Cookie Crust into a Samoa Pie

-Remove from the oven and evenly sprinkle 3/4 c of chocolate chips over the crust, then add the coconut evenly spreading, add the condensed milk on top of the coconut and the salted caramel on top of that. Fear not if your pie looks liquidy the coconut absorbs some of the liquid and the rest evaporates.
-Put the pie back in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, until the coconut topping begins to look dry and a nice golden color.
-The pie will finish cooking while it cools. Wait at least 4 hours before serving.

TIP- my pie boiled over (you can tell when you look at the edges of my pan) to prevent the messy oven clean up I am about to endure I recommend putting a tin foil covered cookie sheet on the rack beneath your pie to catch any potential drippings.

Salted Caramel

This was super simple, and very delicious.

Ingredients:

1 c granulated sugar
1/4 c water
1 t corn syrup
1/2 c whipping cream (I used heavy so I could make a banana cream pie with the leftovers)
1 T vanilla
1/2 t salt

Directions:

-In a medium saucepan add the water sugar and corn syrup, whisk until smooth
-Boil on high for around 10 minutes until the mix turns a caramel color
-Turn the stove to low
PLEASE wear an oven mitt for the 2nd part of the caramel sauce, it gets steamy!
- Slowly add the whipping cream, vanilla, and salt
-Whisk until fully combined, it will be pretty liquidy.
Allow it to boil for an additional minute then remove from heat and pour into a jar. Leave the jar open to allow it to cool to room temperature then add a lid if saving.

Now enjoy the sweet deliciousness that is a Samoa Cookie year round as a fresh pie.

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