Malgieri's Strawberry Cream Crumble Pie
Our favorite baking cookbook author has just posted this wonderful recipe on his web site. I am definitely going to be making this when the good strawberries are out:
"I like to include some ground almonds in this dough for extra flavor and texture, but you may omit them. Since the almonds don’t absorb any liquid, the dough will work exactly the same way with or without them; no need to make adjustments." - from Nick Malgieri's blog post.
This kind of thing is why I adore this man. Such a simple explanation of why you don't have to fiddle with the ingredients.
Pie sounds completely lovely, want a piece right now.
Nick Malgieri says that he is addicted to crumb topping. It seems the whole purpose for this recipe is the crumb topping.
Unfortunately, I don't like crumb toppings. I have to admit that a tart crust is pretty but the filling is just sweetened cream cheese and berries. It is an "Ice Box Pie".
It seems to me that you could have something just as tasty by putting that same filling in a graham cracker pie crust and refrigerating it. I know it wouldn't be as impressive.
I like Nick Malgieri and I own several of his books but I'm not excited about that recipe. Sorry.
re: Jay F
Jay F, the great thing about a pie like this (for your bakery friend and for all of us), is that it is *so* easily adaptable to making it your own:
1) Sub/Blend Mascarpone, Ricotta or Goat Cheese for the cream cheese filling
2) Sub any berry as Chowser said, or really go out on a limb w/ your fruit choice.
3) Sub any nut for the crumb topping (I would love a macadamia nut!)
4) Be adventurous w/ spice in crumb topping - use cardamom or coriander (I just made a coconut loaf w/ coriander that was to die for!)
The sky is really the limit!!!
Actually, I'd probably like it even more with mascarpone. I'm not that big of a cream cheese fan (I have no use for the texture of cheesecake, for example). I love crumb topping at least as much as Nick Maglieri, which is what drew me right in, and I would be inclined to make it with any kind of berry. Strawberries, though not local, are really good right now, and pretty cheap. One way or another, I'm going to be eating them for awhile, I guess until cherries and blueberries come in.
I bought some cardamom pods to use in something Indian about a month ago. To use them in this, what would I do, bruise them until the seeds come out, then crush or grind the seeds (I didn't care much for the pods; I kind of picked them out)? Does it matter if I use black or green seeds?
Thanks for your post. It's very helpful. And delicious-sounding.