What's black and blue and red all over?
My triple berry oatmeal cookie pie, that's what!
If you're looking for a thoroughly tested, tried and true recipe, well - this isn't it! Nope, this is a pie thrown together from ingredients on hand that I knew would taste good together. Sometimes... baking isn't a science (but only sometimes).
As I grew more interested in food when I was a teenager my Mom and I would play this little game of, "what's in this?" By carefully tasting and savoring our food we would decipher the herbs and spices used by restaurants. We would test each other at home depending on who made dinner (I loved it when I could stump my Mom, who has an amazing palate). Mom taught me about classic flavor profiles and the marriage between food and finesse. Years later during culinary school we had an exam that consisted of correctly identifying over 100 herbs, spices and sauces simply by smell and appearance. I finished the exam in about eight minutes.
That's how I tend to cook at home when I'm not working on a recipe. I look and see what we have and mentally complete the puzzle pieces into a cohesive dish. I'm not saying everything I make is fantastic - but 9 times out of 10 we eat some darn tasty meals. This pie is no different. If I were going to give you a recipe it would read:
leftover oatmeal cookie dough
Bake at 350º F until done.
I baked the oatmeal cookie dough in the morning and in the evening I ground it in the food processor with enough butter to form a sticky crust. I pressed that into a pie dish. Washed the berries and tossed them with the juice and zest of one lemon, sugar and cinnamon to taste, and cornstarch to eyeball. Baked the whole thing until I felt it was done (50 minutes) and let it cool completely.
Sometimes as cooks (and bloggers) we get caught up in doing everything perfectly. Sometimes novice cooks get caught up in the fear of failure. But sometimes just throwing it all together and hoping for the best is not only liberating, it's delicious.
This counts as oatmeal with berries for breakfast, right?