I've had a box of dry milk powder in my pantry for months. I wanted to play with the idea of toasting the powder and using it in traditional desserts in order to give them a richer, nutty and caramel-y flavor. I had little motivation to experiment in the kitchen when pregnant, so now that Baby Girl is here I'm dying to dive into my list of blog ideas and start having fun, so I immediately reached for that lonely box of milk powder to bring the idea of a toasted milk pie into fruition.
This pie has a traditional custard base with some cinnamon and nutmeg added, as well as the toasted milk powder that gives it more of a robust "grown up" taste.
Toasting the dry milk powder is a simple process. You simply line a cookie sheet with parchment and spread the powder in a thin layer. Then it gets baked at 300F for 6-9 minutes. Don't walk away from your oven during this process as the powder can go from perfect to burnt really quickly!
It'll be a pretty golden brown when it's done and it will smell completely amazing. Since the pieces are rather coarse fresh out of the oven, I used the back of a spoon to crush them into a fine powder before using them in the pie. You can also toss them into a coffee grinder for the same result.
Once baked, the pie should have the smooth and creamy texture of a custard pie. The toasted milk powder will rise to the surface, creating a great nutty "crust."
This is just a little twist on a classic pie that adds a couple of new dimensions to the taste and texture of a long-time favorite.
Creating new recipes around a single ingredient or from the seed of an idea is one of the most fulfilling parts of being creative in the kitchen and sharing my recipes with all of you!Print