Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie // Becca Bakes (www.becca-bakes.com)
Shoofly Pie // Becca Bakes (www.becca-bakes.com)

What's better than a baked good with a story? One of my oldest and best friends, Sam, is currently jet-setting across the country in one of the most unique vehicles in the world. In fact - only a mere six of them exist and even then each differs from the next. Any guesses? Oh I wish you would get it already..because..this blog post has a way with....B-O-L-O-G-N-A (not really) but the car is the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!! How cool right? Sam has been keeping me up to date on all of his travels via the interwebz so I was surprised to receive a snail mail post card in my box. The card was purchased during his time in Lancaster Country where the Pennsylvania Dutch reside (do you think they eat hot dogs?). The front of the postcard featured quick recipe for something called Shoofly Pie. I would venture to guess that most people have never heard of Shoofly Pie (including myself) so my first stop was Wikipedia to learn a bit more... Shoofly Pie is traditional in both Amish and Southern cooking. It gets it's name because it is apparently so sweet that flies are attracted to it and must be "shoo'ed" away. Shoofly Pie is essentially a pie that has a buttery crust and a filling of molasses custard. Sound gross? That's because it is. Do not, I repeat DO NOT attempt to make this pie unless you really love molasses. One bite and a "welp." later, it was in my trash can.

Shoofly Pie // Becca Bakes (www.becca-bakes.com)

Oh well, it's the thought that counts!! Seriously though, I wonder how many people have actually made that recipe after receiving the postcard. Or made that exact recipe in the time it was written. I thought baking a Shoofly Pie was a fun adventure and the anthropological relevance made it an interesting recipe pick. I'm providing the recipe below but I wouldn't recommend it. Shoo-pie, don't bother me!

Shoofly Pie // Becca Bakes (www.becca-bakes.com)

Shoofly Pie
Yield: two 8" pies
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

Crumb Mixture

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Syrup Mixture

  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in hot water
  • 2 unbaked 8" pie crusts

Instructions

  1. Mix crumb ingredients together until crumbs are formed
  2. In a separate bowl, mix syrup ingredients together
  3. Pour 1/2 syrup into each pie shell
  4. Top each with crumbs, using 1/2 on each
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes
  6. Reduce heat to 350 degrees
  7. Bake for 50 minutes
  8. Cool completely before cutting

*note: I quartered the recipe and used a half-size pie tin in photos

Recipe from: The Amish
Photos by: Me!