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Dominique Ansel’s Orange Ruffled Milk Pie

“Good food can help you through the toughest of times. No matter how busy our kitchens are, how long the holiday lines are, how many thousands of pies we make, Thanksgiving family meal is a tradition that we enjoy with our team each and every year. The turkey, all the sides while they take days to prepare, it’s all worth it in the end when we can take a moment and appreciate how food can bring us all together.

This past year more than ever, we’re so thankful for our community – and more than anything, no one understands how much happiness a warm meal can bring to the community more than our dear friends and neighbors at God’s Love We Deliver.” – Dominique Ansel

Serves 8

1 package phyllo dough (frozen; thawed according to instructions)
85g (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted 282g (6 each) large eggs
157g (¾ cup) granulated sugar 558g (2¼ cups) whole milk
1g (½ tsp) ground cinnamon,
plus more for sprinkling
zest of 1 orange
1 g (¼ tsp) orange blossom extract 80g (¼ cup) honey


9″ pie dish
medium pot
large mixing bowl
pastry brush
baking sheet


1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.

2. Prepare the phyllo dough: Unfold the thawed phyllo sheets. Working with 3 phyllo sheets at a time, brush melted butter between each layer. Cut into strips approx.
2¼” wide x 14″ long (generally, store-bought phyllo comes in sheets that are 9″ x 14″). (TIP: keep any phyllo sheets you’re not currently working with covered under a clean, slightly damp kitchen towel).

3. Arrange the phyllo strips into a ruffled flower/spiral shape in your pie dish, starting from the exterior and working your way to the center. Continue with more buttered phyllo strips until the bottom of the pan is covered. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the phyllo is lightly golden and flaky. Set aside.

4. In a large heat-proof mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until combined.

5. In a medium pot, combine milk, cinnamon, ¾ of the orange zest, and orange blossom extract. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.

6. Slowly stream 1/3 of the milk mixture over the egg and sugar mixture, whisking until evenly combined. Slowly stream in another 1/3 of milk, whisking until evenly combined. Pour the mixture back into pot with the remaining milk, whisking until evenly combined. (TIP: This process is called tempering, which is a cooking technique where you’re gradually raising the temperature of a cold or room-temperature ingredient (in this case, eggs) by adding small amounts of hot liquid, to prevent the cold ingredient from cooking too quickly or too much. If you add all of the hot liquid into the eggs at once, you’ll end up with lumpy scrambled eggs.)

7. Place the phyllo-filled pie dish (slightly cooled) on a baking sheet (this will help prevent any custard from dripping down/spilling into your oven). Pour the custard mixture overtop the par-baked phyllo – make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies and in between all the layers – until the pie dish is about 3/4 full (you’ll want some to remain uncovered so the top gets nice and crisp). Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon across the surface. Bake for 30 more minutes, until the custard is set and phyllo is golden and crisp. Drizzle honey overtop, finish with the remaining orange zest. Slice and enjoy!

Meet Dominique Ansel

Headshot of Chef Dominique AnselJames Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef, Chef Dominique Ansel has shaken up the pastry world with innovation and creativity at the heart of his work. Chef Dominique has been responsible for creating some of the most feted pastries in the world, including: the Cronut® (named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Best inventions of 2013”), The Cookie Shot, Frozen S’more, Blossoming Hot Chocolate, and many more.

For his prolific creativity, he was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2017 by the 􀀏 World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Food & Wine has called him a “Culinary Van Gogh” while the New York Post coined him “the Willy Wonka of New York.” He has also } been bestowed the prestigious l’Ordre du Merite Agricole, France’s second highest honor.

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