A throwback Recipe from the 70’s
Malted Milk Ball Pie! How had I forgotten that recipe? I’ve been hit by a wave of nostalgia – again. One of the best parts of going to the movies in my younger days was always the candy! Would it be Junior Mints, Milk Duds, or maybe Hot Tamales? I hated Mike and Ikes and Swedish Fish? Eww, just plain gross, ugh!! For me it was Whoppers all the way!
I loved the chocolate coating and the way the crisp, light insides melted in my mouth. Hey, I still do! That’s why when I stumbled over this recipe in the Betty Jane’s cookbook from my store, memories of summers on the farm came flooding back. I knew I had to make it again.
A very easy way to make pie crust
Back then, I made it in a graham cracker crust and that would still work fine. But just a few days ago, I found a super easy way to make an excellent tradtional pie crust! Without cold butter and a rolling pin! It appealed to me, too, because it’s not sweet and the slightly salty taste and flakiness really compliments the ice cream filling.
So easy a child can make it so I decided to call it Patty Cake Pie Crust!
Make the malted milk ball pie filling
Combine the softened ice cream with malted milk ball powder and stir in crushed malted milk balls! It was kinda fun to smack the malted milk balls in a baggie with my wooden rolling pin! Conjures up a game of “whack-a-malt!” Of course, I popped a few in my mouth for old time’s sake!
Put the filling in the cooled crust
Stick in the the freezer while you make the topping
The topping is nothing more than whipped cream with more malted milk powder and a bit of marshmallow creme! Beat it until it holds nice peaks then spread it on top of the pie. Now, all that’s left to do is garnish it with the rest of the crushed malted milk balls! Ta da!
It’s like a cross between a malt shop and candy at the movies
- Patty Cake Pie Crust
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 drops yellow food coloring optional
- Malted Milk Ball Pie Filling
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
- 3 Tbsp malted milk ball powder
- 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls
- Malted Milk Ball Pie Topping
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream very cold
- 3 Tbsp marshmallow creme
- 3 Tbsp malted milk powder
- 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls for garnish
PATTY CAKE PIE CRUST INGREDIENTS
Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir with a fork until all flour is incorporated and dough forms a ball.
Put dough in center of 9" pie plate and using hands, pat dough gently into place. Can flute edges with fingers. If baking without filling, prick holes all over bottom crust with a fork before baking.
Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Cool before filling.
PIE FILLING AND TOPPING INSTRUCTIONS
Combine softened ice cream with 3 T malted milk powder and 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls. Stir until everything is blended and put ice cream filling in crust. Put in freezer while making topping.
To make topping, combine whipping cream, marshmallow creme and three tablespoons of malted milk powder. Beat until peaks form and stand. Spread over top of pie and garnish with remaining crushed malted milk balls. Freeze at least three hours. Take out 15 minutes before serving so it can soften a little bit.
Oh boy! So good and rich that you only need a small slice to satisfy your sweet tooth! Easy enough to make you can whip one up in a few minutes and keep it stashed in your freezer for a yummy treat whenever you want!
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What was your favorite movie theater candy? Do you think you could make it into a pie?
Love, GB (Betty Streff)