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'Crack Pie' Wins Annual WNYC Pie-Off

Friday, November 18, 2011

The winners of the WNYC Pie-Off (L-R): WNYC Business Editor Charlie Herman, WQXR's Will Jameson and The Takeaway's Tracie Hunte. The winners of the WNYC Pie-Off (L-R): WNYC Business Editor Charlie Herman, WQXR's Will Jameson and The Takeaway's Tracie Hunte. (Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC)

A Crack Pie made by WNYC Business Editor Charlie Herman won the 2011 WNYC Pie-Off. The pie's filling is made of cream, brown and white sugars, oats, wheat flower, eggs and a few other delicious things. The ingredients are mixed up and tossed into a toasted oat crust shell. (He got the recipe from the Momofuku Milk Bar and you can get the recipe here.)

Second place went to WQXR's Will Jameson for his Streusel "Irish" Apple Pie (recipe below), and third place went to Tracie Hunte, a local producer for The Takeaway, for her Salted Caramel Apple Pie. (Get the recipe here.)

The judges for this year's pie-off were WNYC host Leonard Lopate, WQXR host Midge Woolsey and Caitlin Thompson, the editor of It's A Free Country.

First Prize: Crack PieCharlie Herman's Crack Pie won the 2011 WNYC Pie-Off.

Second Prize: Streusel "Irish" Apple PieSecond place went to WQXR's Will Jameson for his Irish Apple Pie.

Third Prize: Salted Caramel Apple Pie Third place went to Tracie Hunt's Salted Caramel Apple Pie. Hunt is a local producer for The Takeaway.The judges of WNYC's Pie-Off were (L-R) Caitlin Thompson, Midge Woolsey and Leonard Lopate. The judges of WNYC's Pie-OFF (L-R): Caitlin Thompson, Midge Woolsey and Leonard Lopate.

Anna Sale, who covers Politics for WNYC and It's A Free Country, and Business Reporter Ilya Marritz dig into some pumpkin pie.Anna Sale, who covers Politics for WNYC and It's A Free Country, and Business Reporter Ilya Marritz dig into some pumpkin pie.

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Comments [5]

Also, here's Will's family recipe for his second-place Streusel "Irish" Apple Pie:

1 unbaked pie shell
2 1/4 lb apples (about 7 c sliced)
2/3 - 3/4 c sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 T flour
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Peel and slice apples in thin slices. Mix sugar, flour, and spices together. Toss lightly with the apples. Put into the prepared pie shell. (To prepare your pie shell, lay pie dough that has been rolled out larger than the size of the pie plate. Crimp the edges over the edge of the pan a little bit.)

Topping:
2/3 c flour
1/3 c brown sugar
1/3 c unsalted butter

Mix together the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal and sprinkle this over the apples, patting down evenly. Bake until the apples are temder and the juice bubbles around the edges (45-60 min. in a 400 degree oven).

Nov. 21 2011 03:17 PM

Hi all! Here's a link to the Crack Pie recipe, which comes from the Momofuku Milk Bar: http://momofukufor2.com/2010/02/momofuku-milk-bar-crack-pie-recipe/

And here's the recipe for Tracie's Salted Caramel Apple Pie:
http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/four-and-twenty-blackbirds-salted-caramel-apple-pie-recipe/index.html

Nov. 21 2011 12:20 PM
Julie from Texas

Wow how do you get those recipes the pie's look so good I would love to share that with my family this Thanksgiving. Please email me

Nov. 19 2011 01:27 PM
Sarah Devin from Jersey Shore

So how do we get the recipes?

Nov. 18 2011 05:44 PM
KT from NYC

They're just like us! Ilya Merritz eats pie!!

Nov. 18 2011 05:11 PM

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