This recipe appears in:Pie of the Week: Apple Butter Pie with Oatmeal Pecan Crust
In this comforting pie, a spiced apple butter filling is poured into a sweet oat-pecan crust.
Notes: While apple butter from the store or farmer's market will ensure this pie is delicious, nothing beats spicing your own creamy apple concoction. While it is a bit time consuming, using organic applesauce can help speed up the transformation of ho-hum apples into rich, aromatic apple butter.
Combine 3 cups of sweetened organic applesauce in a crock pot with 1 tablespoon each nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of sugar. Allow to cook on low heat for 24 hours, stirring often, with the lid removed for the last 1-2 hours.
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- For the Crust:
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup butter (melted)
- For the Filling:
- 1 cup apple butter
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk
For the Crust: Mix oats, flour, cinnamon, pecans, sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Pour melted butter over mixture and stir until completely combined. Press mixture into bottom and sides of pie plate (it will be a thick crust) and refrigerate until ready to use.
For the Filling: Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Pour into prepared pie crust. Bake until crust is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.