Traditional Shoofly Pie

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It's gooey sweet and unadorned by a top crust. What better invitation to come join the party does a hungry insect need? It should be called "molasses pie," but it's whimsically named shoofly because its "open" structure lures flies that must be shooed away. Shoofly Pie is thought to be a Pennsylvania Dutch creation, and may be a direct descendant of "Centennial Cake" introduced at the first World's Fair -- the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 pies

Ingredients

  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 cup molasses

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ cup butter

Directions

  1. Place pie crusts in 9 inch pie pans. Chill the crusts approximately 1 hour before use.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the baking soda and warm water. Mix in the molasses and stir until foamy. Transfer the mixture to the pie crusts.

  4. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar and baking soda. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour mixture until very fine crumbs have formed. Sprinkle the crumbs over the molasses mixture in the pie crusts.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking 35 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned and the filling has set.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
11g Fat
44g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 263mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 332mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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