Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Shoofly pie


Shoofly pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch classic. Several years ago my husband (then boyfriend) and I were in Lancaster, PA for a few days and we kept seeing and hearing about Shoofly pie and supposedly this one place had "the best" around that we had to try. We had no idea what to expect, but we went there, got a couple pieces and they were sad-looking. They were really thin and they didn't look super fresh... But we ate them, and felt very unimpressed and let down. We never had Shoofly pie before that day and not after that day until I decided to read up on it and make one for myself to see if it could be redeemed. I didn't have really high hopes for this pie. But, I made it for an extra pie for Thanksgiving this year so that others could test it out too. The verdict? A big win! Most people thought it was good, but others really loved it. I thought is might be too strong from the molasses, but to me it was perfect. It reminded me of a gingerbread almost. Super delicious! I think the flavor profile makes it a lovely pie for the holidays and through the winter.

So I hope I've been able to convince you to give this old-fashioned pie a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. This recipe is the one I made after reading several versions. They all have varying levels of molasses, some white sugar and some brown sugar (to me brown sugar would have been overkill), some with spices and some without, etc. 


Shoofly pie
1 recipe of your favorite pie crust (this is what I used)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
1/2 cup unsulphured molasses (I used blackstrap)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup boiling water 

Fit your pie crust to a 9-inch pie pan. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour through nutmeg. Cut in the butter until it resembles small crumbs.

In a large bowl, stir together the baking soda and molasses and then stir in the water (it will foam up). Stir in 1-1/4 cups of the crumb mixture and pour it into the prepared pie shell. Sprinkle to top with the remaining crumb mixture.

Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, until the edges are golden and the pie is set. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.


What was I cooking one year ago?: whole wheat acorn squash waffles w/ cinnamon & walnut syrup
Two years ago?: pumpkin steel cut oats
Three years ago?: West African chicken & peanut stew
Four?: apricot glazed chicken w/ almonds
5?: molten chocolate lava cakes

23 comments:

  1. I am never heard of shoofly pie before, but anything with cinnamon and ginger in is good with me :)

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  2. i've always wanted to try shoofly pie! yum!

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  3. I haven't had shoofly pie in ages! Decades! It's good stuff! And your recipe looks superb. Definitely need to try this -- thanks.

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  4. Oh my goodness! This pie looks and sounds incredibly delish. Love the name 'shoofly pie', never heard of this before.

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  5. Dear Amy, your Shooefly Pie is definitely going to be on my "pies to bake" list now - it looks wonderful and like a very special treat! I had heard of it before but never gotten around to making one myself.
    Thank you for sharing another wonderful recipe!
    Andrea

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    1. ...and, of course, that should read "Shoofly Pie..."

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  6. It's the first tie I've heard of this. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Looks delicious! I absolutely love shoofly pie and never grow tired of it - it's one of my favorites!

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  8. HI Amy, Thanks for sharing this recipe . I've never heard of this pie before but I'm looking forward to try it soon . Homemade pies / bakes are always the best ! I've the same experience with Panettone . We never like those store bought Panettone till the day I've decided to make one myself . And I was amazed how delicious & soft it was . Nothing compared with those dried Panettone that we've tried . ;)

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  9. I've never heard of this pie, but I just love warm spices and molasses. Definitely going to have to try it out! Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. I have to admit, I've always been curious about a shoofly pie! So fun!

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  11. I have never had shoofly pie, although I have heard of it before. It sounds yummy.

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  12. I have always been curious about shoofly pies but have never come across one. This looks so dark and delicious.

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  13. I've never heard of this pie, thanks for sharing!

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  14. This brings back so many memories of Amish country! Thanks for the big smile on this one!

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  15. My husbands mom lives in Scranton PA they love shoofly pie, this looks delicious!

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  16. Talk about taking me back to my childhood! I was raised in the south, and my mother was a real southern woman, but she knew how to make a Shoofly pie - so Good!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I never got my mother's.

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  17. I have heard of it but never had it! Very interesting and so glad it turned out so well for you. It's a great feeling to find a winning recipe.

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  18. I have never heard of this pie...it looks so inviting, Amy.

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  19. i'm definitely familiar with this pie as there was a heavy concentration of amish folks where i grew up, but i've never made it--your version looks unique to me and delicious!

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  20. I tried to comment over the weekend but blogger was not letting me! It wasn't just your site but all blogger sites. I have great memories of Shoofly pie Amy! Every summer when I was a kid we camped in PA and always had it. I tried to make it once and it was a flop. Yours looks delicious! I shall have to try your recipe!

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    1. What a great memory! I hope you try making it again :-) Thank you!

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  21. Remember the old song "Shoofly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy" Makes your eyes light up and your stomach say howdy?
    Got recipe for Apple Pan Dowdy?

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