A Pennsylvania Dutch Specialty
Along with Whoopie Pies, Shoofly pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch staple. Admittedly, if you are not a fan of molasses, this may not be your favorite pie. Nevertheless, I would encourage you to give it a try. Easy to make, it goes together with a minimum of ingredients. Bake it with a lard crust, and you will enjoy a true Pennsylvania Dutch experience.
- 1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell
- 1 cuo dark molasses
- 1 egg beaten
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tbsp shortening
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a medium size bowl, dissolve soda in hot water.
- Add molasses and beaten egg.
- In a separate medium size bowl, combine sugar and flour.
- Cut shortening into flour mixture to make crumbs. The mixture will resemble coarse meal.
- Pour 1/3 of the soda mixture into unbaked crust.
- Add 1/3 of the crumbs mixture.
- Continue alternating layers, putting crumbs on top.
- Bake in heated oven for 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 25 minutes or until bottom crust is light brown on the bottom and a knife inserted in the middle of the pie comes out clean.
- Place one a wire rack to cool.