Shoofly Pie

"honest to goodness shoofly pie- so simple, so flavorful and chock full of molasses....from my roots in Lancaster county, PA, this pie is always welcome on the board. An everyday pie with 'in the cupboard' ingredients, it fits with every menu as it is deliciously light. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, it becomes a smash dessert. Leftovers work in this house as breakfast."
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1 pie




  • preheat oven to 375 degrees -- prepare one pie crust with the flour of choice. cut in the shortening and add water, stirring with a fork until a damp ball of dough forms. handle as little as possible, turning out onto a floured surface. roll to size of pie plate and crimp edge of crust. set aside.
  • combine 1 cup of flour, sugar, and butter to create a fluffy crumb, reserving 1/2 a cup for topping. pour all but the reserved crumbs into the unbaked crust.
  • using a large bowl, stir the beaten egg into the molasses. add baking soda to hot water, stir well and add to molasses/egg mixture -- this will 'foam' . you'll be glad for the large bowl.
  • add remaining cold water and pour the well-blended mixture over the crumbs. do not stir. sprinkle reserved crumbs lightly over center of pie.
  • bake for 35-40 minutes in preheated oven.

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i am marmi to the grandchildren, mims/mom/maude and poontoon to my kids, babydoll to the love of my life and as sure as ever i do not want to lose the joy of living and loving the day to the fullest..( not that there aren't struggles) i learned early on that recipes are 'serving suggestions' and have had the thrill of invention and the agony of disaster..... i do get tired of meals, more meals and recently have become a juicer with blendtec and all the variations of green and smooth....i love bringing everything in fresh from the garden and adding the zest of herbs du jour.... this shoofly pie is my favorite and it easily converts to cake, muffins and tarts... i tell the children i was making taco salads long before Taco Bell franchised... they just smile....
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