• The Bibas Family. Photo courtesy of the family
    The Bibas Family. Photo courtesy of the family
  • Crack Pie. Photo: Adi Shilon.
    Crack Pie. Photo: Adi Shilon.
Recipe

Crack Pie for Yarden Bibas

Their favorite dish: you can't forget Yarden, Shiri, Ariel and Kfir Bibas. Adi Shilon made a sweet crack pie, for this sweet family

Yarden is always the first to stand up and offer his seat to someone else, even if there’s another seat available. He is a man who never rests. 34 year old Yarden was born and raised in kibbutz Tze’elim by his parents, Pnina and Eli, along with his older sister, Ofri. Yarden loves music, stand up comedy and animals, especially Tonto whom he found abandoned at a bus station and quickly adopted.

Yarden is a big man, and plenty strong, yet he has a gentle and sensitive soul with a unique sense of humor. He knows how to laugh at himself and pretty much everything else, especially when Shiri, the love of his life, pushes his buttons. A native of kibbutz Nir Oz, Shiri is loved and adored by everyone so it was no surprise when Yarden fell in love with her too. She has a gentle, pure heart which she puts forth in her work in education, a trait she inherited from her mother Margit. This is what won Yarden’s heart. Although in recent years Shiri began working as a bookkeeper at the kibbutz, she will forever stay an important and integral part of the education system at Nir Oz where she cared for its children for years.

Yarden’s love for Shiri didn’t go unnoticed – she too was bewitched by his captivating smile and beautiful eyes. The two became inseparable and it wasn’t long before they decided to build their home at Nir Oz. Shiri and Yarden were born to be part of this community, with its gorgeous trees, walking on its wide paved paths, filled with happy children and the sounds of laughter.

Four years ago Shiri and Yarden became the proud parents of Ariel, or as Yarden calls him, “the first Yemenite Ginger”. Ariel is a sweet boy who lights up every space he enters with his wild and excited energy. He loves superheroes, tractors and cars. Nine months ago, Ariel received a gift from his parents: a baby brother name Kfir. Full of life, Kfir melts hearts with his laughter; he is always smiling and calm and hugs any who reach out.
Yarden always laughed at the thought of his red headed children, two orange rays of light were born into his life.

On October 7th Yarden, Shiri, Ariel and Kfir Bibas were kidnapped by Hamas from their home in Kibbutz Nir Oz. Shiri’s parents, Margit and Yossi Silverman, were murdered. As was Tonto, Yarden’s favorite dog.

Ingredients for Crack Pie

For the dough:

  • 4.5 oz (130 grams) butter room temperature, separated into 3.15 and 1.35 oz portions (90+40 grams)
  • scant 1/2 cup (90 grams) brown sugar separated into 1/8 and 3/8 portions (70+20 grams)
  • 1 egg L
  • 10 oz (280 grams) Oats fine
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • grated orange peel from one orange

For the filling:

  • 4.5 oz (130 grams) Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Powdered Milk (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • grated orange peel from one orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup (110 grams) butter
  • scant 1/2 cup (100 grams) sweet cream
  • 4 egg yolks

To serve:

  • confectioner's sugar
  • sour cream

Instructions

Prepare the dough:

  • 1. Heat the oven to 350F (175C) degrees fan/turbo/convection. Grease a piece of parchment paper and place on a baking sheet.

  • 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together 3.15 oz (90 grams) of butter and 3/8 cup (70 grams) of sugar for five minutes.

  • 3. Add the egg and mix for another three minutes. Carefully scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure the mixture is uniform.

  • 4. Add all the other ingredients (except the second portions of the butter and sugar) and mix until just combined.

  • 5. Using wet hands, spread the dough into a thin layer on the parchment paper and bake for about fifteen minutes, until uniformly and properly browned. Leave the oven on if you want. We will use it again at the same temperature.

  • 6. Crush the contents of the tray into pieces with your hands. Mix with the remaining butter and sugar and pulse in a food processor until a granulated mixture is formed. Press the crust mixture into the pie pan and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Prepare the filling and assemble:

  • 7. In a large bowl, mix the sugars and the spices. Add the butter and mix well.

  • 8. Add the sweet cream and the egg yolks and beat until uniform.

  • 9. Pour into the prepared crust and bake for about half an hour at 350F (175C) degrees. Lower to 320F (160C) degrees and bake for another 20 minutes until the pie is browned but still jiggles a little in the center.

  • 10. Let the pie cool for two hours in the pan, take it out if you want and put it on the counter or in the fridge until the next day. Reheat a little before serving, if desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with sour cream.

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This recipe is part of Adi Shilon’s “Their Favorite Dish” project, which tells the story of 60 abductees through the recreation of their favorite recipe for a pastry or dessert. For all the details and additional recipes in the project.

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