f you love or even remotely like pecan pie, then you definitely need to try this classic Amish oatmeal pie. While you might read that and wonder why the heck we’re putting oatmeal into a pie – hang in there with us! – it’s actually a surprise, but amazing substitution that goes back to the 1800s. At certain times in history, during the Civil War, for example, pecans and other nuts were very expensive and hard to find, and people needed to come up with creative, new ways to make delicious desserts…and thank goodness for their innovation, because otherwise, we wouldn’t have this tasty, pecan pie-Esque Amish pie.
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 unbaked pie shell
Vanilla ice cream, optional
Preheat oven to 350º F and line a pie dish with unbaked pie crust.
In a large bowl, stir together brown sugar, oats, sugar, and salt, then stir in milk, beaten eggs, butter and vanilla extract. Continue stirring until fully combined.
Pour mixture into pie shell, then place in oven.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until pie is cooked through.
Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes, then serve with ice cream or whipped cream.