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Traditional Shoofly Pie

Rated as 3.33 out of 5 Stars

"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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2 h 5 m servings 280
Original recipe yields 16 servings (2 pies)


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  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; 10.5 43.8 3 8 263 Full nutrition

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ooohhh my! this is fantastic. I hadn't had this since I was a kid and WOW it is just as I remember. YUM

This is almost exactly my grandmother's recipe but I put it into one pie plate rather than 2 and use an additional tablespoon of shortening. I make it the way I remember my grandmother doing it...

in the past i've enjoyed eating shoofly pies which were made by the amish & pennsylvania dutch. a simple, no frills pie, this recipe comes pretty close to how i remember them tasting. note: we p...

I made these pies exactly by the recipe and they didn't turn out right. The molasses filling was fine but the topping was dry and dusty and didn't brown well. I will try again but either use l...

It was kind of dry.