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Cook the Book: Old-Fashioned Cornflake Pie

Book CoverRemember that Kellogg's commercial from a long time ago that encouraged us all to taste Corn Flakes again for the first time? It was cute and mildly convincing, but it didn't exactly send me running to the supermarket cereal aisle. Today's Cook the Book recipe, however, just might.

Old-Fashioned Cornflake Pie, excerpted from Sweetie Pies by Patty Pinner, is a retro classic. Crushed cereal combined with sugar, butter, eggs, and dark corn syrup—ingredients reminiscent of many holiday nut-based pies—and baked in a single, deep-dish crust.

In an age when dessert garnishes include fancy foams, gold flakes, and even foie gras, cereal pies are a testament to Patty's belief that "our culture ought to learn to be more tolerant of the unadorned...[it] reminds me of what my mother used to say: 'You may want a handsome husband, but do you really need one?' The same goes for pies. A pie doesn't have to call for elaborate ingredients to taste delicious."

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