Monday, April 10, 2017

Shoofly Pie

shoofly pie recipe

Shoofly Pie is a molasses cake baked in a pie crust with a crumb topping. It's gooey and sweet and you will have to shoo the flies away! It's origins date back to the 1880's among the Pennsylvania Dutch who ate it for breakfast and lunch, and dinner. Go into any restaurant in and around Lancaster, PA and you'll find Shoofly Pie on the menu. You can even buy a whole pie to take home.

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
In a medium bowl combine brown sugar, molasses, egg, flour and baking soda. Gradually add boiling water (if you add boiling water too fast, it will cook the egg). Mix well and set aside to cool.

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 6 Tblsp. cold butter
In a separate bowl combine flour, brown sugar and baking soda. Cut in butter until crumbly. I use two butter knives in opposite directions to cut the butter into the dry ingredients.
shoofly pie topping recipe

You will also need:

One 9” unbaked pie shell.
With a fork, poke holes in the bottom and sides of unbaked pie shell, then bake at 350º F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
(I used two 4" pie pans.  The ingredient amounts are the same but the baking time is longer)
shoofly pie crust partially baked

Pour cooled molasses mixture into pie crust.
shoofly pie crust filled with molasses

Then carefully sprinkle topping mixture over molasses.
shoofly pie with crumb topping unbaked

Bake in a 350º F oven for 45 – 50 minutes. If you're using small deep dish pie tins, increase baking time by an additional 10 or 15 minutes.
Serve warm with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Shoofly pie baked and sliced


Here's an easy way to make a pie crust.

For your listening pleasure!

All photos by Candy Dorsey


  1. This sounds so yummy! I pinned for later, I plan to try this one for sure.

    1. Thanks for pinning Angie! I know you'll love Shoofly Pie.

  2. I've made shoo fly pie, but not for years. Love it! Thanks for the reminder and the recipe.

    1. For some unknown reason Shoofly Pie just popped into my head. I haven't had it for years so I decided to make it.

  3. I've heard of Shoofly Pie, but never tasted it. I know it best from a old song, "Shoofly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy."

    1. I remember that song Barbara, from The Dinah Shore show.


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