Pi Day Part Two

Turtle Pumpkin Pie

I’ve been collecting pie recipes for awhile — so what better day to share them than on Pi Day? Yesterday was the story, today it’s just all the pie —and some Pi Day humor to get you started.

Pi Day Humor

What is a math teacher’s favorite dessert?… Pi!

What is the ideal number of pieces to cut a pie into?… 3.14

Mathematician: “Pi r squared” Baker:” No! Pies are round, cakes are square!

How many pastry chefs does it take to make a pie?… 3.14.

In Alaska, where it gets very cold, pi is only 3.00. As you know, everything shrinks in the cold.

They call it Eskimo pi.

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s was Sir Cumference… He ate too much Pi!

What is the official animal of Pi Day?… the PI – thon!

The worst thing about getting hit in the face with pi is that it never ends.

Never talk to pi. He’ll go on forever.

I just saw the movie American Pi. I gave it a rating of 3.14.

What is 1.57?… Half a pie

How far can you recite pi?… Cherry, Apple, Pecan, Blueberry…

What famous private investigator solves math problem?… Magnum PI 

Okay on to the pie recipes for today. Feel free to bring one to my house too.  Credit to my coworkers for many of the recipes and descriptions for this pie curation blog post. It took us 3.14. . . weeks to come up with these. Enjoy.

Fruit Pies

 

Crustless Apple Pie from Delish

This crustless apple pie is perfect for anyone who wants to cut down on baking time on Pi day. Invite five of your closest friends over to enjoy a crustless apple pie with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Season your apple pies with butter, sugar, ground cinnamon, caramel, and cinnamon. We know you’ll love this easy and delicious recipe.

Apple Crumb Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

This pie takes a little while to make. Make your own pie crust for an extra fresh taste. Make the filling with apples, lemon juice, cloves, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and sugar. Finish off this recipe with the cinnamon crumble topping.

Apple Cinnamon Pie from Six Sisters’ Stuff

This apple cinnamon pie is comfort food at its peak. Apple pie filling and refrigerated cinnamon rolls make putting together this recipe easy. Top it with pecans and have it with milk or your favorite flavor of ice cream to finish.

Peach Pie with a lattice top from Taste of Home is sure to please everyone at your table. With this easy-to-follow recipe, pie will be on the table in no time.

Cinnamon Crumble Apple Pie This recipe offers step-by-step directions for crust, filling, and topping, full of apple/cinnamonny goodness. We recommend serving it with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.

Triple berry pie

The blogger of this recipe says this pie is perfect for any time you crave a fruity pie, whether it’s a holiday dedicated to pie or not! It has less sugar than most berry pies, she says, so it’s not overly sweet. If you love the sweet, tart taste of berries in a flaky, buttery crust, you’re in for a treat once you make this pie!

Mini Raspberry Pi Pies by Nerdy Nummies

Bite size pies are a great way to get your fill of this sweet treat without overdoing it — especially if you plan to celebrate with more than one slice of pie. Follow Rosanna Pansino’s demonstration of how to make her mini raspberry pies for a fun way to celebrate this holiday.

Chocolate Raspberry Tartlets

If you’re going to be eating a few pies this Pi Day, mini pies are the way to go. You can snack on more than one and not feel too guilty for it! This recipe uses crushed Oreos for a smooth, crunchy graham cracker-textured crust and raspberry filling or raspberry sauce for the sweet filling. Top with cheesecake whipped cream and sprinkle with Brookside Crunchy Clusters to complete the chocolate raspberry goodness.

Peach Pie with a lattice top from Taste of Home is sure to please everyone at your table. With this easy-to-follow recipe, pie will be on the table in no time.

Brown Sugar Peach Crumble Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

In our humble opinions, there’s nothing better than a good peach pie. This recipe uses just five ingredients — brown sugar, all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, and chopped walnuts — and it’s full of summer flavor.

Easy Crumble Cherry Pie from Singing Through the Rain

This easy crumble cherry pie is just what it says it is — easy! The most complicated part of this recipe is the topping (and it’s not very complicated). Simply combine flour, almond flavoring, butter, and sugar to make the topping, and use frozen pie crust and store bought filling to complete this recipe.

Custard, Cream Pies

Banana Cream Pie from Bon Appetit is perfect to complete your Pi Day celebration. Filled with creamy richness, a hint of chocolate, and piled on top with whipped cream, this pie will be a hit.

Caramel banana cream pie

If you like bananas, caramel, graham cracker crusts, and custardy delight, this recipe is for you. The graham cracker crust is easy to make, and so is the rest of the pie. The finished product, infused with caramel and layered with soft, thick bananas, will have everyone you share this with asking for more. If you want another banana cream pie-inspired recipe, scroll to the end of the post to check out the banana cream pie yogurt parfait one.

Brown Butterscotch Pie from Chowhound

This brown butterscotch pie is a little more difficult to make. While you might have to spend a little more time making this pie, we promise that it’s well worth it! This recipe uses brown butter. You can make brown butter by melting butter until it start to give off a slightly nutty smell. This recipe changes up the tradition brown butter recipe by combining butter and brown sugar together for their “brown butter.” Heat and stir this mixture until it begins to give off a “toasted smell.”

Coconut Cream Pie with a recipe from the Pillsbury kitchen is a must have for Pi Day. With a toasted coconut topping, this pie speaks creamy and crunchy. Mmm Tasty!

 

Coconut Cream Pie from Cincyshopper

This coconut cream pie is heavenly. Use sugar, cornstarch, half & half, egg yolks, egg, sweetened shredded coconut, and vanilla to make the filling, and heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, coconut extract, and toasted coconut to make the topping. This sweet treat is a wonderful and delicious treat to share with friends.

But, we did find a cake in pie form! Coconut Pecan German Chocolate Pie This recipe transfers the goodness of German chocolate cake into pie form. And it looks amazing. Try it out for 3.14 Day.

Lemon Blueberry Cream Pie from Chef in Training

This lemon blueberry cream pie is the perfect way to celebrate the spring. We love how the graham cracker crust, blueberry sauce,and lemon cream pie combine for a treat that has us asking for an extra slice.

Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie. What’s not to like? This blend of sweet and tart is a great way to enjoy pie. And bonus: there is no milk in the recipe, so it can be served to people who are lactose intolerant.

Lemon Sour Cream Pie from Tastes Better from Scratch

Lemon sour cream pie may sound strange, but it tastes great. This mouth watering pie can be made with sugar, cornstarch, milk, lemon juice, egg yolks, butter, lemon, and sour cream. Use store bought pie shells to cut down on baking time.

Minny’s Mini Chocolate Pie

Brownie Bites blogger Erin said her inspiration for this recipe came from Minny’s infamous one in The Help, but thankfully the surprise in these mini pies is just a Hershey’s Kiss. The meringue topping the soft, smooth pudding really completes the experience tasting these delightful mini pies.

Pineapple Dream Pie from Dear Crissy

This pineapple dream pie has a delicious vanilla wafer crust and an amazing (and easy) pineapple filling. Use powdered sugar, unsalted butter, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and crushed pineapple to make the dreamy filling. Refrigerate this pie overnight and enjoy!

Raspberry Cream Pie from Life in the Lofthouse

You’ll love this delicious raspberry cream pie, and it’s a great recipe to help you transition from winter to spring. Bring this raspberry cream pie to your first picnic this spring. Our favorite part of this recipe? The cream cheese filling. All you need to make it is cream cheese, powdered sugar, and Cool Whip.

Sugar Cream Pie from The Domestic Rebel

We are big fans of sugar here at the Truman Park Blog. This sugar cream pie is to die for. Use cornstarch, white sugar, butter, heavy cream, and vanilla to make the pie and combine butter and cinnamon sugar to make the topping. This recipe is pretty easy, and you can make it in about forty minutes.

Sugar Cream Pie from Averie Cooks

Sugar cream pie is delicious and incredibly sweet. Make this pie the night before Pi Day to give it time to chill and set. This recipe requires a little more effort than some of our other pie recipes, so be prepared to watch your pie (and adjust the temperature of your oven) while you bake.

Fluffy French Silk Pie from A Spicy Perspective

This fluffy french silk pie is possibly the easiest recipe on our list. Bake the pie crust until it’s golden, whip together the filling, and chill for three hours before serving. This is a great recipe for anyone who’s in a rush on Pi Day.

Nut-based Pies

 

Toffee Almond Pie from Crazy for Crust

Toffee almond pie is delicious and surprisingly easy to make. We are big friends of the sugary-sweet taste of this amazing pie. Use your favorite brand of store bought toffee (or make your own!) to make this recipe.

Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

This pecan streusel pumpkin pie is to die for. You’ll love how the flaky crust, spiced pumpkin filling, pecan streusel, and maple whipped cream combine for a treat that will have your mouth watering. Transport a little fall flavor into your spring with delicious recipe.

Pumpkin/Sweet Potato Pies

Pumpkin Silk Pie from The Gunny Sack

Make the filling for this pumpkin silk pie with cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and whipped topping. We love how light, fluffy, and delicious this pie is. Finish this recipe off with homemade whipped cream.

Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Pecan streusel pumpkin pie combines our two favorite pies in one. Pumpkin filling is topped with a crunchy and delicious pecan streusel. Finish off this recipe with a scoop of maple whipped cream. You can make maple whipped cream with heavy whipping cream and your favorite brand of maple syrup.

Sweet Potato Pie from Taste of Home

This easy sweet potato pie is the perfect dessert for Pi Day. Simply mix together butter, sugar, eggs, milk, sweet potatoes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to make this pie. Use a premade pie shell to save time and effort. Bake this recipe for forty minutes and then enjoy! Click the link for more details on making this sweet pie.  

Decadent Dessert Pies

And of course, we can’t forget dessert pies, whether it’s a fruit-filled masterpiece, the nutty goodness of pecan pie, or the whipped delights of a cream pie. Eat a slice today in honor of Pi.

Cranberry cheesecake pie

This layered cheesecake pie is a great way to get a taste of cranberry, whether you like it with your Thanksgiving turkey or ham or not. The crumble topping it is a beautiful and deliciously sweet contrast to the cranberry and lemony flavors in the filling.

Peanut butter cup pie

You get the best of every sweet world with this peanut butter cup pie. The vanilla wafer crust is a new way to experience a homemade crust. The ganache and peanut butter cup layers are just the tip of the iceberg to this scrumptious pie. Once you dip your fork or spoon into the finished product and the melted chocolate and peanut butter cups ooze out, you’ll be smitten!

Ultimate Pi Day Pie from the Food Network

This idea is straightforward enough: prepare your crust, fill that with your favorite pie filling, and top it with every digit of pi that you can fit on your confection. Serve this to some of your friends and you’ll look like the smartest, most talented baker around!

 

Twix Cheesecake Pie from Will Cook for Smiles

Turn your favorite candy bar into a delicious pie using this easy recipe. You’ll love how the cookie crust, cheesecake filling, and delicious toppings combine to make a treat that tastes a lot like a Twix bar.

Milk and Cookies Pie from Bitz & Giggles

This is the simplest pie recipe on our list. All you need to make this treat is a tub of cool whip, chocolate chip cookies, an Oreo crust, Oreo cookies, and chocolate curls. Simple layer on the ingredients and enjoy! Learn more about putting this recipe together by clicking the link.

No Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Pie from Fresh April Flours

This is the perfect pie for anyone who loves mint chocolate ice cream. Use mint Oreos (or regular Oreos if you’d prefer) to make the crust. The filling is made with butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, peppermint extract, food coloring, and chocolate chips to make the filling. Make sure that you plan out plenty of time to let this pie cool in the fridge.

German Chocolate Fudge Pie from Let’s Dish

The chocolate filling and decadent topping make for an exceptionally sweet and delicious treat. The frosting is what really makes this recipe for us (although we love the brownie-like texture of the pie!). Use sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, butter, vanilla, sweetened flaked coconut, chopped pecans, and salt to make the topping.

Samoas Cookie Pie from Averie Cooks

Turn your favorite girl scout cookie into a delicious pie. You’ll love the blend of chocolate, coconut, and caramel in this recipe. This is one of the richest recipes on our list, and we recommend having it with a large glass of milk.

Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Pie from Crazy for Crust

This salted caramel pecan chocolate pie will have you smiling. Oreos, butter, caramel squares, heavy whipping cream, salt, chopped pecans, and chocolate chips make this recipe one of the most decadent on our list.

 

Almond Joy Pie from Life, Love and Sugar

Turn a delicious candy bar into a delicious pie. We really love the Oreo crust and the chocolate topping in this Almond Joy Pie. Make the coconut filling by combining cornstarch, milk, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, flaked coconut, vanilla extract, and coconut extract.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie from Averie Cooks

We love this chocolate chip cookie pie. This pie combines your favorite chocolate chip recipe with a heaping serving of hot fudge. We recommend having this treat with a tall glass of milk and a big scoop of mint or vanilla ice cream.

Southern Brown Sugar Pie from Pizzazzerie

We don’t know about you, but we are big fans of brown sugar. Use light brown sugar, a stick of butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and a store bought pie crust to make this pie.

Beth’s S’more Pie Recipe from Entertaining with Beth

This recipe is extra special, because you make the marshmallow topping — and there’s no actual marshmallow involved. Make your marshmallows from scratch with eggs whites, corn syrup, salt, vanilla, cream of tartar, and sugar.

Texas Flood Pie from Restless Chipotle

If a pie calls for dark chocolate ganache, peanut butter mousse, and milk chocolate ganache, you know it’s a winner. This recipe takes awhile to make (you make each layer by hand), but it’s well worth it! The blend of flavors and textures in this pie makes it one of our favorites.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

We love the mix of oreos, chocolate, and cream cheese in this frozen hot chocolate cheesecake. This isn’t exactly a pie, but it’s sort of pie-shaped, so we’re counting it! There’s nothing like a dessert that combines marshmallow fluff, whipped cream, hot cocoa mix, cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, butter, sugar, and Oreos.

Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie Recipe from Taste of Home

This recipe takes a bit of process to make, but the end result is well worth it. The filling uses german sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, vanilla extract, and chopped pecans to make one of the most satisfying fillings we’ve ever tried. The coconut topping is the perfect finish to the perfect pie recipe.

Oreo Pudding Pie from Lil’ Luna

This Oreo pudding pie is made with oreo cookies, an oreo crust, cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, cool whip, white chocolate pudding, and milk. Throw it all together, chill overnight, and enjoy it on Pi day!

S’mores Pie from Cooking Classy

This s’mores pie is one of our favorites on this list. The filling is packed with chocolate, the graham cracker crust is perfect, and the marshmallow topping is made from scratch. You can make your own marshmallow topping with egg whites, granulated sugar, cream of tartar, and vanilla extract.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from The Pioneer Woman

Chocolate peanut butter pie is easy to throw together and pretty delicious. Use oreos and butter to make the crust, and use peanut butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cool whip to make the filling. Let it chill for an hour and enjoy!

Apple Cranberry Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Bring back fall flavors with this apple cranberry pie. The filling and crust combine for a pie we would make any day (but especially for Pi Day). The blend of fall spices (cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg) adds the perfect touch of flavor to this delicious recipe.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Pie from Bake or Break

Anyone who loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups will love this peanut butter chocolate chip pie. We love how the graham cracker crust combines with the peanut butter and chocolate chip filling. Make this easy pie in about twenty-five minutes. This pie needs to chill for four hours, so remember to plan for refrigeration time when you’re making it!

Mile High Fudge Brownie Pie from A Dash of Sanity

This mile high fudge brownie pie will fill your craving for chocolate. This recipe combines chocolate crust, chocolate whipped cream, chocolate filling, and hot fudge sauce for a pie that is perfect for anyone with a chocolate obsession. We recommend having a slice of this pie with a tall glass of milk.

Red Velvet Cookie Pie from Taste and Tell

We love red velvet, so we were thrilled when we found a recipe that helped us take our love for red velvet to the next level. This red velvet cookie pie takes just twenty minutes to make and forty-five minutes to bake. Use store bought pie crust to cut down on cooking time.

Samoa Pie from Delish

Turn your favorite girl scout cookie into a delicious pie for Pi Day. Use cream cheese, sugar, powdered sugar, caramel, and heavy cream to make the filling. This easy pie should be refrigerated overnight, so remember to make it on March 13th so that you can enjoy it on March 14th.

 

 

In Honor of Pi (Pie)Day – 3.14

I have several fond memories of pi day and pies, both savory and sweet, and I thought I would share some links to some pie recipes in today’s post. But first one of my most vivid Pi Day memories.

Pi Rat 1

Oh, about the picture. My favorite pi/pie day ever you ask? (Well, I imagined you asking!) — It was at a medieval re-enactment event, which happened to fall in close proximity to Pi Day, so it was decided the theme of the day all be pi-e related. So we had several types of pie to eat hand pastries that were amazing, filled with meats, vegetables, and savory spices, and a sweet applie pie variation for dessert. It was all very tasty. We also held a fundraiser for the group. Now, my son, then a teenager, had chosen to call himself, “Rat” (I promise, I did try to talk him out of that unfortunate appellation, but he insisted, and  who am I to stand in the way of his desire.) In any case being a Rat, lent itself extremely well, to being a Pi-Rat, and of course, no one likes rats (except perhaps for my version, i.e. my son) and so it happened that he volunteered to be the target for a pie-throwing, hit-him-in-the-face-if-you-can fundraiser. That’s right, people attending the event paid good money for the opportunity to throw pies at my son.

We also held a fundraiser for the group at that event.  Now, my son, when he was a young teenager, had chosen,  to call himself, “Rat” (I promise, I did try to talk him out of that unfortunate appellation, but he insisted, and  who am I to stand in the way of his desire.) The name stuck — though nowadays, he is known as Giovanni ill Ratto (the rat is still there, in its diminutive form). In any case being a Rat, lent itself extremely well, to being a Pi-Rat, and of course, no one likes rats (except perhaps for my version, i.e. my son) and so it happened that he volunteered to be the target for a pie-throwing, hit-him-in-the-face-if-you-can fundraiser. That’s right, people attending the event paid good money for the opportunity to throw pie at my boy. It was great fun for everyone, and we raised a tidy sum for the fundraiser.  And my boy? Well, you could say he had something near to a milk bath, except it was whipped cream which acted to soften his hair, and his face was baby soft afterward. Thanks for being a good sport, son. You were the best Pi-Rat ever.

In any case being a Rat, lent itself extremely well, to being a Pi-Rat, and of course, no one likes rats (except perhaps for my version, i.e. my son) and so it happened that he volunteered to be the target for a pie-throwing, hit-him-in-the-face-if-you-can fundraiser. That’s right, people attending the event paid good money for the opportunity to throw pie at my boy. It was great fun for everyone, and we raised a tidy sum for the fundraiser.  And my boy? Well, you could say he had something near to a milk bath, except it was whipped cream which acted to soften his hair, and his face was baby soft afterward. Thanks for being a good sport, son. You were the best Pi-Rat ever.

Pi Rat 3

Pi Rat 2

I vaguely remember learning about pi eons ago in school, but as I didn’t ever have to use it to figure out the diameter — or is it the circumference — of a circle I let it drift out of my mind, a random fact that I didn’t recall, until the advent of Pi Day, which is something I can get behind, being someone who loves a slice of pie.

Pie Recipes!

Savory Pies 

We’ll start with my very own Shepherd Pie — the others I found elsewhere on the interwebs. . .

Chicken Pot Pie

This hearty, savory pie is chock-full of vegetables, cream, and spices encased in a flaky crust makes a wonderful dinner.

Cock-a-Leekie Pie

With just a few simple ingredients, herbs, and spices baked inside a an all-butter crust, this Cock-a-Leekie Pie from Bon Appetit will melt in your mouth. Bonus: The filling can be made a day ahead of time.

Spinach Pie

A Greek-style pie, this delightfully flavored entree can be put together and eaten, or frozen for up to three months. Make two and freeze one! Bonus:  It can go from freezer to oven.

Tortilla Pie with Chicken

This super easy-to-make and delightful to eat pie will be the hit of your Pi Day celebration. Combine corn tortillas, chicken, salsa, chiles, sour cream, and cheese to achieve this tasty concoction!

Dessert Pies

Again, starting with my own recipes Frozen Pistachio Pie,  Nanette’s Turtle Pumpkin Pie,  and my own Apple Pie Filling (in fact, I will probably use a bottle of this to make an apple pie for tomorrow.)

Pilfered Pie Recipes from a variety of sources. — Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Pie Chart Pi Day Fruit Pizza Pie 

You can make everyone you’re sharing pie with happy with this one: you can fill each section with a different type of fruit filling. This Instructables tutorial has clear tips for getting the materials you need, preparing the crust, and putting it all together. Then, simply enjoy!

Pi Day wouldn’t be complete without a whipped cream confection, and you will go bananas for this, an amazing concoction of bananas, custard, and whipped cream from Taste of Home: Favorite Banana Cream Pie.

 

Pecan Pie from The Pioneer Woman Cooks blog gives you step-by-step directions complete with pictures for this tasty treat. The commentary is delightful, too.

 

The Best Brownie Pie from Crazy for Crust

The best brownie pie is the ultimate in comfort food. Make brownie pie after a stressful day of work. Have this best brownie pie with caramel sauce, fudge sauce, and a scoop of vanilla or mint ice cream.

Snickerdoodle Pie from Taste and Tell

Make this snickerdoodle pie for Pi Day. This recipe has just the right blend of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Have this pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You (and your friends) will love the homey taste of this scrumptious pie.

 

 

 

Applescotch Crisp

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They’re a wee bit tattered, missing the covers, and stained, but the cook books pictured have been with me for over thirty years, and they have some of the best recipes — recipes I’ve been using for over 30 years in fact. Yet, they are still a good go-to when I’m looking for something new for dinner, or I want something old-fashioned, or I’m trying to find something like my grandma used to make. They come from church groups, where everyone contributes their favorite recipes. I love these books, because I associate many fond memories of a lot of the ladies who shared their recipes.

Recently for my book group meeting I pulled out these cookbooks looking for an apple crisp recipe I vaguely remembered.  I didn’t find the specific one I was looking for, but I adapted Wanna Bloom’s recipe to use it with the homemade apple pie filling I make. (She’s a wonderful lady, I remember her well from church, who still lives in the little town I grew up in, as far as I know.)

Not to pat myself on the back, but the resulting Applescotch Crisp quickly disappeared. I served it, warm out of the oven, with French vanilla ice cream.  And, it’s quick to put together — prep time about ten minutes and bake for about forty-five, or until it “smells done” as I judge baking time. My kids don’t understand it, but I rarely use a timer, because when you bake something, “done” has a certain smell. The proof of my system is that I very rarely burn anything.

Applescotch Crisp

Filling

1 quart homemade apple-pie filling (or substitute a can from the store) * Spread evenly into baking pan 9 x 9 for thick crisp or 13 x 9 for a thinner crisp.

OR

4 med cooking apples peeled, cored, and sliced

1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar

1 T. flour

1/4 c. milk

1/2.c water

Mix well and pour into ungreased 9 x9  pan (I use a 13 x 9 pan with the quart of filling).

Topping:

2/3 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. quick rolled oats

1/4 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 – 3.5 oz pkg. butterscotch cook & serve pudding

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional) dredged in a couple of tablespoons of flour from the 2/3 c in the recipe.

Directions

Mix the ingredients in order, except the butter. With a pastry blender (or two butter knives if you don’t have a pastry blender) cut the butter into the flour/oatmeal mixture until it is the size of peas and the topping is crumbly.  Spread  topping evenly over the top of apple mixture. Bake for 45-50 minutes in 350° oven. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.