Shoofly Pie, Pastry for Single Crust Pie

You know, I’ve always heard of this, “Shoofly Pie,” but never knew what it was. I was going through a cookbook the other night and saw this. I was reading where this recipe is famous with the Pennsylvania Dutch. I also read where there is no firm evidence in how this pie got its name, but it was suggested the sweetness in the pie itself would cause the flies to become problems.

Thinking on this some, I came to the conclusion, if this indeed did have an influence in the naming of this dessert, then if I’d have come up with this recipe the name wouldn’t have been what it is today. It’d have simply been… “Shoodub Pie!”

I’d like to try this and was just wondering if anyone out there might give me a review on its taste. This would be for my benefit only, Dub really doesn’t care what they taste like, just tell him it’s a piece of pie!

Shoofly Pie:

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 6 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • ½ cup of molasses
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Pastry recipe below. For this recipe use pastry shell as follows:

Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes more or until set and dry. Cool pastry on a wire rack.

In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour and sugar. Cut in margarine or butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

In another mixing bowl stir together the molasses, water, and baking soda. Pour one fourth of the molasses mixture into pastry shell. Sprinkle with one fourth of the flour mixture Repeat layers, ending with the flour mixture. Cover edge of pie with foil

Bake in a 375 degree oven 15 minutes; remove foil. Bake about 20 minutes more or till knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 8 servings.

Pastry for Single Crust Pie:

  • 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening or lard
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water

Mix flour and salt. Cut in shortening or lard, until pieces are the size of a small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push to side of bowl. Repeat till all is moistened. Form dough into a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, flatten dough with your hands. Roll out dough from center to edges, forming a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Wrap pastry around a rolling pin. Unroll pastry onto a 9 inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate; do not stretch pastry.

Trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate; fold under extra pastry; flute edge. Do not prick pastry. Bake as directed in individual recipes. (see above)

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2 Responses to Shoofly Pie, Pastry for Single Crust Pie

  1. Mrs. Edith Sames says:

    My Husband is Pennyslvania Dutch, and I had never heard anthing about Shoo Fly Pie. There are many variations, as Dry Shoo Fly Pie;Moist Shoo Fly Pie; and then there is the real Soft Bottom Shoo Fly Pie. The reall moist pies I really love. You are in for a treat, if you experiment, and find the one recipe that suits your taste. I’d advised getting an Amish or Pennslvania Dutch Cook Book, so you can experience the differences in the various ways of making these pies. They are so delicious, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in them. It will be hard not to have left overs.

    • admin says:

      Mrs. Edith Sames good morning to you! Thanks for stopping by and visiting with us, it’s so appreciated! A quick question for you…is your husband, Mr. and Mrs. Sames son…I thought so!! Deb swears I have UFO, what’s that Deb?? I’m sorry, Deb just informed me it’s ESP, not UFO…I keep confusing the two, sorry!LOL!

      SHOOFLY PIE! We like you, had never known what in the world it was, but had heard the name called many times! As for your recommendation of getting an Amish or Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook…let me drop back for just a minute or two, let’s see, where is it? Ah, here it is, a quote from one of our readers…”There are many variations, as Dry Shoo Fly Pie;Moist Shoo Fly Pie; and then there is the real Soft Bottom Shoo Fly Pie. The really moist pies I really love. You are in for a treat, if you experiment, and find the one recipe that suits your taste.”…Whoever suggested that, evidently is very knowledgeable in regards to these pies, and I’d be willing to bet, has a recipe or two, in their own recipe book. What do you other readers think? Now let’s see, who wrote this comment…ah, oh yes, it was a Mrs. Edith Sames….MRS EDITH SAMES???

      Why Mrs. Sames…it was you who sent this in to us, I’ll be dog-gone!! Would you be willing to send us in a recipe or two in this regard? LOL!! I’m just messing with you this morning, I’m sorry, and you guys can throw this type of behavior back my way some too, I can take it, a laugh is a laugh, and it does us all some good to do so! Like I said, I can take it, but I’d rather you’d pick at Deb if you guys wouldn’t mind!! Thanks, Dub!

      Mrs. Sames, thank you again for your taking the time to comment, and please come back and visit with us again. I feel just like you, that we’d really enjoy this pie, and I do look forward to trying one out…thanks again, and the very best to you and yours!!

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