Saturday, April 10, 2010

Million Dollar Pie


* 1 refrigerated Pillsbury® pie crust (from 15-ounce box), softened as directed on box


* 1/2 cup butter or margarine
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 3/4 cup corn syrup
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 3 eggs , lightly beaten
* 4 Nature Valley® Oats 'n Honey crunchy granola bars (2 pouches) crushed. To easily crush granola bars, do not unwrap. Use rolling pin to crush bars.
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
* 1/4 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
* 1/4 cup chocolate chips
* Whipped cream or ice cream , if desired


Heat oven to 350°F.

Place piecrust in 9-inch glass pie pan as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie.

In large microwavable bowl, microwave butter on high 50 to 60 seconds or until melted.

Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup until blended. Beat in salt, vanilla and eggs.

Stir crushed granola bars, walnuts, oats and chocolate chips into brown sugar mixture. Pour into crust-lined pan.

Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. During last 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil or pie shield to prevent excessive browning.

Cool at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled with whipped cream or ice cream.

Store in refrigerator.

From whence it came: This recipe won the million dollar prize in the 2004 Pilsbury Bakeoff and I saw it made on Oprah's show way back then and just had to try it.

Why it's blogable: Any pie that wins a million dollars, and this one really did, is blogable! This pie is really really good, and very easy to make. Here's a little secret that it pains me to admit, I'm not a good pie crust maker. Nope, I'm just not. It's something I need to work on. Lucky for me my friend Marie Calendars makes really good frozen pie crusts. That's what I always use when making this recipe. This is a huge favorite of the teen son. He can make this one all by himself, and he has. Sometimes he begs me to make it, and like the great mom I am, I use it as leverage to get him to do just what I want. And it works!

Hope you enjoy stirring it up!

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