The Pie Academy’s Tailgate Pie of the Week: Week 4
With more than 600 pie recipes in print, you can imagine that there are times when I can go for months – or even years – before revisiting a certain pie from my past. When I finally do, it’s often like seeing an old friend and being reminded why you hit it off so well in the first place.
Such is the case with this week’s tailgate pie – Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie Pie, a friend from way back whose origins, I believe, can be traced – where else? – to our friends at Quaker Oats. And I can only hope they’ll forgive me for taking liberties with their original recipe (even though, at this juncture, I can’t recall precisely what those liberties might be.)
As the name implies, this pie will remind you of a big fat gooey oatmeal cookie. The oats create a lovely, textured crust across the surface and form the basis for the argument, if only with yourself, that this is a health food-styled pie in spite of its unabashed richness.
The solution, as I always maintain, is not to deny yourself the pleasure of this pie, but to spread it around and enjoy it with as many others as possible. Remember, it’s always better to send them off longing for more rather than wishing they’d eaten less.
The recipe is about as simple as they come, just a few basic ingredients blended together with some creative add-ins for good measure. The pastry shell isn’t even prebaked, which is not my usual style for this sort of pie, leaving me to believe that I did it that way out of respect for the original recipe.
A nice rugged pie with a firm filling, it travels well – so it’s great for tailgates, potlucks, and fall festivals. Even if it travels no further than the end of your fork to your mouth, I think you’ll soon be calling this one an old friend, too. Enjoy.
PASTRY NOTE: Though you can use any favorite pie pastry here, I like the Good Basic Pie Dough.