Granny’s Oatmeal Pie
The wind whistled through the pine trees and a cascade of yellow, orange, and red leaves fell from the noble tree sentinels that stood watch down the old dusty road in Cherokee County Oklahoma. As the chilly breath of Autumn wafted through the field, I thought I could just catch a whiff of Granny’s Amish Oatmeal Pie cooling on the windowsill. A horse nickered and cows quietly lowed in the pasture as puffy white clouds drifted lazily down the sapphire blue expanse of the sky. Just across the hay field and over the tops of the freshly baled hay, I could see Granny’s house and knew she was baking something delicious.
I made my way down the dirt road and across the pasture that lead to Granny’s back door; sure enough, the warm and comforting aroma of Amish Oatmeal Pie wafted from her kitchen. The first time I ever heard of or tasted Granny’s Oatmeal Pie was when some of her friends came over for Thanksgiving dinner and one of them couldn’t eat pecans. Now, you have to know how important Granny’s famous Pecan Pie is in our traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. However, that year her friend was coming and couldn’t eat the pecans so she created this Amish Oatmeal Pie for them to enjoy, and it was a big success!
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie
Before you wonder – no, we are not Amish. Granny has called this Oatmeal Pie a few things over the years, including Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pie and Amish Shoo Fly Pie. Maybe she saw a similar pie in a magazine (she sure loves her magazines!) or perhaps she fancied the “Amish Oatmeal Pie” title because she dearly loves reading books about the Amish way of life. Whatever the case, this Oatmeal Pie is absolutely wonderful! The taste and texture of this Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pie is very similar to that of a Pecan Pie – except there’s no nuts so if you have a nut allergy, you can still enjoy it! Filled with brown sugar, oats, and shredded coconut, Amish Shoo-Fly Pie will delight even the pickiest of eaters – I know this from personal experience. Oh, one little side note, you see that antique green plate in the photo below? That belonged to my Granny’s mother. Now isn’t that special?!
How to Make Amish Oatmeal Pie
In a medium sized mixing bowl, crack two eggs (white or brown) and beat them well with a whisk. You’ll want to beat these eggs until they are completely blended together.
Ingredients for Amish Oatmeal Pie
Once your eggs are beaten, add in 2/3 cup of white granulated sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Now, you might be thinking to yourself “that is a mighty heap of sugar!” yes, yes indeed it is. If it bothers you to consume so much sugar, just tell yourself that you are sweetening your attitude. That’s what my Granny always says.
Making Old Fashioned Oatmeal Pie
Once your eggs are beaten and the white and brown sugar has been added, add in 2/3 cup of uncooked oatmeal and 2/3 cup of shredded coconut. You can use any type of oatmeal you prefer or have on hand – I had rolled oats on hand so that’s what I used.
Amish Shoo-Fly Pie
Now you’ll add in your final ingredients, 2 teaspoons of melted butter, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 cup of evaporated milk. When I say to add butter, I mean real butter! Don’t use any of that fake, plastic stuff!
Stir all of the ingredients in the mixing bowl until the ingredients are well combined. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl to make sure all of the sugar gets blended in well.
Easy Pie Crust for Oatmeal Pie
You can always make your own pie crust if you like, but Granny always used frozen pie crust and today I carry on that time honored tradition. Take one deep dish pie crust out of the freezer (don’t thaw or bake beforehand) and get ready to pour your Amish Pie filling inside. Oh, see that hand written recipe to the right of that pie crust? That is written in my Granny’s own beautiful hand writing and I will treasure it forever!
Classic Amish Oatmeal Pie Recipe
Pour the Amish Oatmeal Pie filling into the pie crust and get ready to bake it! I love making this pie because it’s so fast and easy – not to mention delicious!
How to Prevent Your Pie Crust from Burning
If you have a pie crust saver like I’m using in the photo below, place it over the top of the pie to prevent the crust from burning. If you don’t have a pie crust saver, cut some strips of foil into 1/2 inch wide strips and fold them over the edges of the pie crust to prevent the crust from burning while the pie cooks.
How to Bake an Amish Oatmeal Pie
Place the Oatmeal Pie in the oven and bake it at 350F for 30-40 minutes. I was only cooking one pie the day I made this one so I used my convection oven to cook it in. Using a convection oven can save space in your larger oven if you’re baking several dishes at once.
The Perfect Amish Oatmeal Pie Recipe
Once the cooking time is up, remove the pie from the oven and insert a tooth pick in the middle and various places on the top of the pie to see if it comes out clean. If the toothpick comes out clean, and the pie isn’t too jiggly, then it is ready to go! If not, cook it an additional 5-10 minutes.
Classic Oatmeal Pie
Once the pie has cooled completely, cut it into slices and serve it up to your friends and family for them to enjoy. If you love ice cream, this Oatmeal Pie tastes great with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! My Granny has always been a fan of ice cream and pie – or cake and ice cream. Really any excuse for her to eat ice cream is fine by her.
Perfect Holiday Pie
If you’ve been searching for the perfect pie for your Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings, I can assure you that this Amish Oatmeal Pie will be a crowd pleaser. I served up this Oatmeal Pie to some of the pickiest eaters I have and it was met with a round of approval and requests for more. Even my husband who isn’t a big fan of coconut absolutely loved this pie and ate half – yes I said half of the pie all by himself! Now if that isn’t a glowing endorsement, I don’t know what is. I hope you have enjoyed your time in my kitchen today and I hope you will come back soon for some more great Holiday recipes! Thank you for allowing me to share some treasured memories with you today and for allowing me to take you for a walk with me down memory lane. Happy Holidays!
Amish Oatmeal Pie
An Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pie that is similar in taste and texture to a Pecan Pie but completely nut free!
- 2 eggs well beaten
- 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup uncooked oatmeal any kind
- 2/3 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tsp butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
Beat eggs in a medium sized mixing bowl until completely blended.
Combine all other ingredients in the mixing bowl with the eggs and stir well.
Pour the mixture into a frozen deep dish pie crust.
Place a pie crust saver (or strips of foil) over the edge of the pie crust to prevent burning.
Place in the oven and bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through.
Serve hot and enjoy!
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