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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Maple Oat Breakfast Pie

This is breakfast? Really? I read over the recipe three times, then I packed my bags and moved to Vermont. Except it is really cold in this part of Vermont, 45 below zero. So cold it is hard to get the syrup to pour out of the container. Ok, I'm not really in Vermont. When I read that this pie was standard breakfast fare in Vermont, moving sounded like a really good idea. Since I did walk almost 7 miles in 45 below zero temperatures on Saturday, I figured I deserved a pie like this for breakfast. David wasn't buying my story, but I still made the pie anyway, and we ate it for breakfast. I have to admit that this pie was a little much for breakfast. I'm pretty sure the oats are an afterthought to make this sound more like breakfast, but really you don't even notice they are in there. That doesn't mean this isn't one good pie. It has a wonderfully deep maple flavor due to the maple sugar, syrup, and extract. Since I am the kind of person who sees nothing wrong with eating pie for breakfast, I would probably just call this Maple Oat Pie and serve it as a dessert and then have the leftover for breakfast the next day. If you are the kind of person who just can't take that kind of indulgence, I will call it breakfast pie just for you. See, no guilt if you call it breakfast! It does have some oats and barley flour too, so it must be healthy. Right?
Maple Oat Breakfast Pie
adapted (barely)from King Arthur Whole Grain Baking

3/4 cup barley flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon maple sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1-2 teaspoons half and half

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup water
4 large eggs
1/2 cup maple sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 cup maple syrup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

Whisk together flours, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter, using a pastry blender or your hands work butter into flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the egg. Add one teaspoon of half and half and work into the mixture. Test to see if the dough holds together by squeezing the mixture together. If it still seems dry and crumbly, add the second teaspoon and work it into the mixture. Shape the dough into a disk and pat until it is about 1 inch thick, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days.
Remove the crust from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you are ready to make the pie. You want the dough to become flexible enough to roll out. Flour your work surface and roll the dough to a 12 inch circle. Place dough in a regular (not deep dish) pie pan. Crimp the edges. Place the crust back in the refrigerator to chill while you are making the filling. Adjust oven rack to the lowest position.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place oats and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, cook until thick and creamy as they would be for breakfast cereal. Place the oats in a bowl of a stand mixer and set on lowest speed. This will accelerate the cooling of the oats. Make sure the outside of the bowl is only the slightest bit warm before adding the eggs. You don't want the eggs to scramble. Add the eggs, sugar, salt, vinegar, maple syrup, melted butter, and maple extract to the oats. Continue to stir on low speed until all the ingredients are combined.

To make the pie
Pour filling into pie crust and sprinkle the walnuts on top. You will want to place a cookie sheet under your pie as it most certainly will cook over the edge of the pie plate and make a huge smoldering mess of your oven. (I didn't do this) Bake pie on the bottom rack of the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until the center is set, 25 to 35 minutes more. Check pie regularly to make sure the crust is not burning. Cover the crust with foil if it appears to be getting dark. Remove pie from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving. Serve for dessert or breakfast. Either way, enjoy!


  1. oh..... you sooooo deserve it for just stepping out in 45 below!

    I am going to try this one ... and for breakfast with a cuppa joe ..... mmmmmmm ...... just can't let my kids see me.. ~:o)

  2. Wow! That really looks tasty. Unfortunately I'm not a big fan of maple. I do love pie though. I'll keep my eyes open for some of your other recipes.

  3. Oh My!! I am smitten with this pie at first sight. And I totally buy the pie for breakfast thing. I mean, once upon a time when we all worked on farms from sunup to sundown (or walked 7 miles in 45 below temperatures), a slice of pie was a snack to 'get a soul through till breakfast.' At least that's what I heard once, and once is all I need to justify my acceptance of pie as a breakfast food item. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Sounds Awesome, Unfortunately I am on Weight Watchers now, but as soon as I hit my 10% goal I am going to try this.

  5. Yummy! I am always looking for a good "pie as breakfast" recipe. This just hit the jackpot.

  6. Great recipe. Love maple for breakfast - in pie form it's even better!

  7. I don't care what time of day I eat this pie, I just want to eat it! I have never seen a pie like this and can't wait to make it.


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