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Impossible Pie

I've just heard of the "impossible pie" and I'm wondering if anyone has ever made one. From what I gather, making an impossible pie involves simply mixing a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, pouring the mixture into a prepared pie plate, and baking. In the oven, somehow a crust (or semblance thereof) will form. Impossible pies can be either main dishes or desserts. The idea intrigues me, but I'm wondering if something so simple can actually taste good. Has anyone had any experience with these?

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  1. Do you mean the Bisquick recipes? They are good, but I put in more cheese than they ask for. The ones I've tried come out like crustless quiches.

    1. I've made an impossible/mock cobbler numerous times. You mix up a batter basically and pour it in. The filling goes on top of the batter (which is thick enough that the stuff doesn't sink). During baking, the batter rises and covers the filling. The "crust" is not flaky. It has more of the consistency of muffins/cornbread/biscuits.

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      1. re: sheilal

        You could also make a clafouti-- put cut fruit in the pie pan and pour the batter over.

      2. This came up recently on another thread and I hadn't thought about it in years. My mother occasionally made Impossible Cheeseburger Pie.

        Here's a link to the Bisquick Impossibly Easy Pies (who knew there were so many?).


        1. I just made a zucchini one, for the first time since the 70s. I used to like it, but I kept thinking "This would be better as a creamy, cheesy quiche". Similar but very bready. You have to make it with Bisquick, it's a copyrighted recipe of theirs. Makes a nice bread for the breadbasket though.

          1. Years ago, a friend of mine with very limited cooking skills proudly showed me how to make an "impossible pie." All the ingredients went into a blender and then into a pie pan. No Bisquick was involved. This was a dessert pie; it did in fact separate into a crust layer and a custardy filling layer. I remember it as being reasonably tasty. She gave me the recipe, which I've had on file for years, but I don't think I was ever inspired to actually bake one myself.

            1. Would you mind posting the recipe?

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              1. re: harryharry

                I don't have any particular recipe in mind. I've just been browsing around, wondering if it would be worth trying. Here's where I've been looking:



                1. re: harryharry

                  Last night I dug up the index card with my friend's Impossible Pie recipe.

                  Combine the following ingredients in a blender:

                  4 eggs
                  1/4 cup butter or margarine
                  1 cup sugar
                  1/2 cup flour
                  1/4 teaspoon salt
                  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
                  2 cups milk
                  1 teaspoon vanilla
                  1 cup shredded coconut

                  (Please note that the recipe does not specify whether the coconut should be sweetened or unsweetened, but I'd bet it's sweetened, if only because it's a product that's easier to find.)

                  So you mix all these ingredients in a blender, pour into a 10" pie pan, and bake at 350 for one hour.

                  As I mentioned yesterday, I have not tasted this pie since the one time I had it in the mid-80's, but in the interest of full disclosure I should mention that a note at the bottom of the index card says, "Yum, yum yum!"

                  1. re: Pumpkinseed

                    This looks closest to the one my mother made. When I was 9, she thought it was so great that she made me deliver handwritten index cards to all the neighbors on our cul-de-sac. My siblings and I always thought it was pretty so-so, but -- hey! -- it was still dessert. It could also have had something to do with her using non-fat milk and imitation margarine.

                2. Here's my mother's chocolate recipe.

                  She swears by it for a quick dessert.

                  ½ cup (1 stick) butter
                  1 cup flour
                  3/4 cup sugar
                  1 ½ Tablespoons baking cocoa
                  ½ cup milk
                  1 teaspoon vanilla
                  1 cup sugar
                  1/4 cup baking cocoa
                  1 ½ cup boiling water

                  Combine the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 ½ Tablespoons baking cocoa, milk, and vanilla in mixing bowl; mix until well blended. Melt butter in 9x13 baking dish. Pour batter into melted butter; do not stir. Mix 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa in a small bowl; sprinkle over the batter. Do not stir. Drizzle the boiling water over the top. Do not stir. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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                  1. re: cussbucket

                    I believe this is what is known as a pudding cake. I have made it from the Hershey's Cocoa booklet for years. It doesn't give you a pie-like consistency. More like a fudge brownie with fudge sauce on the bottom, which you of course scoop out and serve over the top of the cake layer.

                  2. The "impossible pie" recipes that I've seen are for cinnamon custard pies. You mix flour, water (or milk), sugar, eggs, butter, cinnamon and bake. I guess the flour sinks to the bottom and the eggs etc stay at the top, "automatically" making layers.

                    Here is one that I tried. It took forever to "set" but it tasted pretty good. HTH.


                    1. I made the impossible pie last night! I was so curious after reading this thread... I decided to make one.... mixed made the coconut one, and added some cocoa powder... it is very interesting how the custard separates into layers... there is a thin cakey layer on the bottom, a custard in the middle and kind of a macaroony top... it was pretty good, but not something that I will crave. General consensus was the same, yummy, but more of a novelty than anything else.