If 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 surprising, 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.
Brown sugar is the heart of this dish’s flavor, and, when combined with the oats and everything else, creates the ooey-gooey filling that is so similar to pecan pie (- but without any corn syrup)! The next best thing about this, or maybe it’s the best thing depending on what your favorite part of eating pie is, is the crispy topping that forms once the pie is baked.
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