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Making a Luscious Turtle Pie

A photo of Allan DouglasMarie and I eat healthy – really we do!  We’re not fanatics about it, but we watch the carbs, sugar, and salt.  We avoid the boxed meals and fix fresh foods.  The usual rote.  But once in a while we reward ourselves with something yummy.  One of my favorite yummy treats is a Turtle Pie.  This is what I ask for in place of a birthday cake.

In essence the Turtle Pie is a pecan pie with enhancements.

Turtle pieFirst, what you will need:

½ cup butter or good margarine
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup dark corn syrup
2/3 cup regular rolled oats
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup cashews
¼ cup chocolate chunks (dark, milk or mixture as you prefer)

Ready made pie crust OR
1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
A rolling pin
Pastry blender

A 9” pie plate
A wire cooling rack
Aluminum foil

Second, What To Do:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Prepare the Crust

Home made crust
In a mixing bowl stir together the flour and salt.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until pieces are pea size.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cold water over part of the mixture and gently toss with a fork.  Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl and repeat moistening the dough using 1 teaspoon of cold water at a time, until all the dough is moistened (4 to 5 teaspoons of water should do it).  Form dough into a ball. 

On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough.  Roll from center to the edge into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

To transfer the pastry, roll it around the rolling pin and unroll the pastry into the pie plate.

Home made or prepared crust
Ease the crust into the pie plate, being careful not to stretch the pastry.  Trim the pastry to ½ inch beyond the edge of the pie plate. Fold under this extra pastry. Crimp edge as desired.  Do not prick the pastry.

Prepare the Filling

In a medium saucepan melt the butter or margarine. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar, corn syrup and oats.

Stir in the eggs and vanilla.

Pour mixture into the pastry.  Top with nuts and chocolate.  Cover the edge of the pie with foil to prevent over burning.

Bake in 325 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until filling is set.  Cool on a wire rack.

3/28/2011 1:52:44 PM

Looks wonderful. I have always thought chocolate was in turtle pie. Maybe 'cause Sams not homemade it what I have seen before.

allan douglas
3/4/2011 11:27:59 AM

Hi Chuck, *good* margarine? (grin) Well, I'd have to agree that it's hard to beat real butter for flavor and cook-ability, but since my wife tries to limit our fat intake we reserve real butter for special things that just don't turn out without it. I think we use the I can't Beleive It's Not Butter brand of margarine. *I* can't tell the difference when she cooks with that. My main objection to using margaine comes from the reports I read occasionally about margarine being one molecule away from being plastic. That just sounds yucky, and I'm not sure we should be eating it... but...

allan douglas
3/4/2011 11:22:39 AM

Hi Lori, Yes, a scoop of vanilla ice cream feel right at home there! Thanks for visiting!

allan douglas
3/4/2011 11:10:15 AM

Hi again Dave, A good apple pie is great, especially warm from the oven. Not my absolute all-time favorite, but very good. And, better for me than Turtle Pie, so I can enjoy an apple pie more often than I can the Turtle pie. Thanks for the input!

1/27/2011 4:23:10 PM

This looks wonderful! I believe that looks like a scoop of vanilla ice cream would be right at home on top or on the side!

chuck mallory
1/23/2011 2:38:42 PM

This looks delicious. I like to make pie, and have had Turtle Pie at restaurants, but have never made it myself. So I'll be trying this. One handy tool I found is "The Perfect Pie Crust Shield," a round metal ring that you place on top (instead of using foil)--it covers the whole edge of the pie crust to keep it from burning. Also, since I'm a fan of butter, I have a question: what's a "good margarine"? I've never had one yet!

nebraska dave
1/23/2011 7:34:09 AM

Cakes and pies are my daughter's specialty. My heart lies with ordinary old apple pie. To me there can be nothing better than a slice of simple apple pie warm out of the oven. Although pecan pie does have a delightful taste that's for sure. It was my Mom's favorite pie. My moto since being retired is "I work for apple pie." There's hardly a time that I don't have apple pie in the fridge. Have a great turtle pie day.