Slate Magazine has an article in this week's issue about the upward pressure on pecan prices due to international market forces. According to the article, buying a pecan pie can cost $30 this holiday season. Holy smokes, what if you want a pecan pie but you don't want to shell out that kind of dough. The Amish have the answer. The tried and true solution: homemade oatmeal pie.
Oatmeal pie has sentimental value for me because it was the first recipe ever shared in The Amish Cook column. But it's also delicious and tastes remarkably like a pecan pie. There are no pecans, though, in the recipe. Still, the flavor and texture are so similar to pecan pie that unwitting tasters are often fooled. You can add a sprinkling of chopped pecans or even walnuts to this recipe just to give it a hint more of a nutty flavor. The pie is quick and easy to make and would be a wonderful last minute additional to your Thanksgiving dessert recipe repertoire.
- 8 eggs
- 3 cups brown sugar
- 1 pound margarine
- 3 cups green label Karo
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups walnut pieces (optional)
- Melt margarine.
- Cream sugar, margarine and eggs together.
- Add Karo and rest of ingredients and mix.
- Pour into 4 unbaked pie shells.
- Bake in slow oven till done.