27.11.2016 | 16:28
Ever wonder where that phrase “easy as pie” came from? I did. Having made a few pies in my time, and those were never with a crust from scratch, it’s still not easy. So, I went looking, and here’s what I found at thefreedictionary.com:
easy as pie
Also, easy as falling or rolling off a log
of being accomplished with
as in This crossword puzzle is easy as pie
. The first term presumably alludes
to consuming pie (since making pie requires both effort and expertise). The variants most likely allude
on a log that
is moving downstream,
in which falling off
is a lot easier than remaining upright. Mark Twain had
it in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889):
do it as easy
as rolling off
a log.” The first colloquial term dates from the early 1900s, the colloquial variants from the 1830s. For
a synonym, see piece of cake
So, I get it now — it’s not the making, it’s the eating.
Well, here’s a recipe that’s a lot easier than pie to make, but for the holidays, it’s got pumpkin. Plus it gives you an excuse to turn on the oven in cold weather.
And it works as either breakfast or dessert!
It’s also featured in the recipe collection for our Gluten-Free Easy As 1-2-3 online course.
Easier Than Pie Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake
3 cups of gluten-free rolled oats
½ – 1 tsp stevia or 2-4 Tbsp honey (to taste)
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup raisins, cranberries or currants
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine all dry ingredients except fruit in a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir until well blended. Add wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Add dried fruit and stir until combined.
Spoon into a baking dish and bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges start to brown. Allow to cool.
May be enjoyed warm or cool.