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Impossible Pie

Pastries - Sweet Open Pies

A batter which, on cooking, seemingly impossibly, separates by itself into a lower pastry layer with a flavoured custard on top.

If desiccated coconut or flaked almonds are added, they partly float to the surface during cooking. A savoury version using chopped bacon and leek is also known.

The origin of this is not clear, it has been suggested that it is a wartime Ministry of Food invention, and certainly does not seem to be known before about 1950.

The original source of this receipt isn't known. Can you help?

4 large eggs
6oz caster sugar
Pinch salt
1 pint milk
1tsp vanilla extract
4 oz melted butter
3 oz plain flour
2 oz desiccated coconut

Whisk together all ingredients and pour the batter into an 8 ins baking dish. Bake 1 hour at 160C/325F

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