American Pie Council

2018 Amateur Entry


The Pie Abides

The Pie Abides
Helen Fields

1-1/2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon chicory liqueur
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
6 tablespoons coffee liqueur
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons vodka
2 tablespoons water
6 ounces mascarpone cheese
2-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, divided use
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 package whip cream stabilizer
Chocolate covered espresso beans, as desired for garnish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir together cookie crumbs, sugar, butter, and chicory liqueur until well mixed. Press mixture evenly into bottom and up sides of deep dish 9-inch pie dish. Bake 10 minutes; remove to rack and cool completely.

Put sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and coffee liqueur into the top of a double boiler. Whisk and cook until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon; 7-8 minutes. Cool custard slightly in refrigerator.

Sprinkle gelatin over vodka and water. Let sit 5 minutes to soften. Then heat in microwave about 30 seconds until gelatin is melted. Stir into custard.

In a medium bowl beat mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add 1 cup whipping cream and continue beating until soft peaks form. Fold into custard. Put mixture into prepared pie shell and refrigerate 4 hours.

In a medium bowl beat together remaining 1-1/4 cups whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar, and stabilizer until stiff peaks form. Spread or pipe as desired over top of pie. Place espresso beans on top as desired for garnish.

Pie is ready to serve, or cover loosely and refrigerate.

“The Dude abides,” is a frequent line uttered by Jeff Bridges in the cult classic The Big Lebowski.
He just wants to get along, bowl a game, and drink Caucasians, aka White Russians. A case of mistaken identity gets The Dude into some precarious situations. With a White Russian always near he “abides” when at all possible. My pie has coffee liqueur, vodka, and cream; just as the drink does. But in following The Dudes’ lead I’ve added a little variety to the mix of things with chicory liqueur, mascarpone cheese, and sweetened condensed milk. I think after finishing a piece of this he might, with a big smile say, “The Dude A-Pies”.