11.10.2011

Bake! Pumpkin Oatmeal Pie #SmartFinalSupportsSoCalSchools

My family likes pie...
well, let me rephrase that, they love pie filling .
I am left with plates of empty pie crusts.
(no matter who's pie crust it is - it is not about my pie crust!)
However, every time I say that I am making a different dessert for the holidays
I am met with groans. So finally,
I had an idea..let's play with pie!

Is there a law that says pumpkin pie has to have plain ole pie crust?...Not that I can find!

So here is some (brief) history on why I did what I did...I adore oatmeal cookies and last year discovered Momofuku's Crack Pie (fab restaurant in New York) which has an oatmeal cookie crust.

{Light Bulb Moment!} - Quite possibly better than mixing peanut butter and chocolate!

I must try this new creation...ASAP!

I headed out to Smart and Final (I adore shopping there - great prices no crazy crowds, long lines, toys or furniture or membership fees...and our local store just received a GORGEOUS makeover) to stock up..because 'tis the season for stocking up on sugar, flour, eggs, milk, etc. anyway!

Better yet, right now, select Smart & Final First Street products are part of the California Milk Advisory Board "Help Our Teachers, Help Our Kids" promotion. So, I can shop, bake and help our schools - I am in!

I attended Southern California public schools for elementary, middle and high school, and my mom currently works at one, so this is a campaign near and dear to me. (Remember I did leave my heart in So. Cal!)

Here is a little about how it works (it really is EASY!):
Students & families collect Real California milk seals from select First Street products, then teachers submit seals. Each seal counts as one sweepstakes entry. Teachers who submit 100 seals get 25 Scholastic books or $25 school supply gift card. Each teacher entrant gets one Scholastic book.

*The California Milk Advisory Board is going to announce winners in February, BUT Smart & Final is so awesome that they're doing a separate sweepstakes! Entrants who go to Help Our Teachers, Help Our Kids and tell why their Southern California school should win will be entered to win $500, $300 or $200 to be donate to the school of their choice EVERY MONTH! That's right, there will be a total of NINE winners, 3 per month, from those that enter at the site!


Now, let's BAKE some
Pumpkin Oatmeal Pie!
CRUST
There are 2 parts to the crust.

Ingredients, Part 1 (Crust)
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)*
1/2 teaspoon ginger (optional)*
1/2 cup First Street Unsalted Butter, softened
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup oatmeal (not instant)

*I added some of my favorite spices to the oatmeal crust for some extra flavor. You can leave these out of increase the flavor as you wish.

Directions, Part 1 (Crust)
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

3. Cream butter, brown sugar until incorporated.
4. Whisk egg into creamed mixture
5. Add flour to the wet ingredients.
6. Stir in oatmeal
7. Spread mixture into a 9x13 inch pan/baking sheet.

8. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until golden brown
9. Let cool (until you can handle it)

Ingredients, Part 2 (Crust)
Oatmeal cook from Part 1, crumbled
1/4 cup First Street Unsalted Butter, softened
1-2 Tablespoons of light brown sugar

Directions, Part 2 (Crust)
1. Crumbled cookie into a food processor.

2. Add (softened) butter and sugar.
3. Pulse until the cookie is a fine crumb  and sticks together when you pinch it between your fingers.
4. In a pie pan, press the crust all over the bottom and up onto the sides until you have an even crust formed. (I had extra crust left over after finishing my crust) - crumbled this on top later in the process!

FILLING
1 cup First Street Whole Milk
1 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (Optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cups grade A maple syrup

Oatmeal Crumble Topping
Either use some of the leftover crust as a crumble on the pie or try this:
Take 1 cup oatmeal; mix in 1/4 cup of melted First Street Butter; mix in 2 tablespoon light brown sugar; mix all together.

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine pumpkin, whole milk, salt, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, maple syrup and eggs - beat well to combine
2. Pour into prepared crust.

3. Bake at 350 for 70 to 90 minutes:
*At around 60 minutes you can add your crumble to the top: either sprinkle some of the left over crust mixture all over the pie or add the (whole) oatmeal crumble topping from above.
4. Begin checking doneness at 70 minutes. It is done when a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out clean. 
5. Let cool.
(This is the oatmeal crumble topping)

Serve with homemade whipped cream or
 some First Street Vanilla Ice Cream!
Or all on its own!

Be sure to visit Smart and Final on Facebook.

What's your favorite Holiday Dessert????
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This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias  #CBias. These opinions are my own.
 #SmartFinalSupportsSoCalSchools
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

7 comments :

  1. I love crumb toppings like that, but never would've thought to put it on pumpkin pie! I usually do it over apple crisp, but ooohhh, this sounds SO good!

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  2. Olá,vim conhecer seu cantinho e amei,já estou seguindo!
    Parabêns pelo Blog e sucesso pra ti!

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    você será muito bem vinda e se quiser seguir também,sinta-se em casa!
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  3. Genius idea to use the oatmeal cookie crumbs as a crust!!! Sounds amazingly good:-)

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  4. Yum, Holly! This sounds fantastic! I've never heard of anyone not loving the crust of a pie. That had me a little baffled! :)

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  5. Yummy, Thanks for sharing :)

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh my, save me a piece, I will be right over. Pumpkin, Oatmeal? Puhleez!

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