This pie is a favorite with my in-laws, with their Pennsylvania Dutch background.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 -9 inch pie
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Bottom Layer:
Top Layer:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 2 tablespoons flour and mix well. Stir in the molasses, egg, 1 cup water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix thoroughly and pour into the unbaked pie shell.

  • Cream the butter with the remaining 2/3 cup white sugar until light and fluffy. Add the beaten egg. Sift 1-1/4 cups flour and baking soda together, then add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk or sour milk (see Cook's Note). Spread over the top of the mixture in the pie shell.

  • Bake in preheated oven until filling is set, 35 to 40 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have buttermilk, you can make sour milk. Combine 1/2 cup milk with 1-1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar. Stir, and set aside for about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

441 calories; protein 5.8g; carbohydrates 72.6g; fat 14.8g; cholesterol 62.4mg; sodium 279mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2004
I'm not a fan of molasses so I didn't care much for the taste. I made this pie for my grandparents who also have a Pennsylvania Dutch background. They loved it and asked me to make it for them again soon. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/12/2010
This was similar to a recipe I have but mine called for 1/2 C. light corn syrup instead of molasses and only used 1/2 C. water and 1/3 C. sugar and 1Tbsp lemon juice for the bottom layer. Read More
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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2004
I'm not a fan of molasses so I didn't care much for the taste. I made this pie for my grandparents who also have a Pennsylvania Dutch background. They loved it and asked me to make it for them again soon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2016
This is a wonderful one pie recipe. My Pennsylvania Dutch grandmothers recipe makes 4 pies. This recipe is spot on.....it's a very old fashioned pie. Folks used what they had and in the depression ingredients werent easy to get. You either like this mild flavored pie or you don't! I for one happened to love it because it brings back memories of my childhood favorites made by some wonderful cooks. I also added the picture. Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
07/12/2010
This was similar to a recipe I have but mine called for 1/2 C. light corn syrup instead of molasses and only used 1/2 C. water and 1/3 C. sugar and 1Tbsp lemon juice for the bottom layer. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2009
Could it be possible that the "bottom" portion of this recipe calls for too much water? A cup seems way too much and the bottom is watery. Help! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2021
I made this once before using molasses only to be told by my very Pennsylvania Dutch mother-in-law that it wasn’t right. After some discussion of the recipe, I learned that what she and everyone called molasses was really King Syrup. So tried it again and it was perfect! Moral of this review....do not use actual molasses. Read More