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Shoo-fly Pie

An Amish classic: Shoofly Pie

Shoo-fly Pie, A Pennsylvania Dutch Classic


  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/4 cup lard or shortening
  • 8-10 tablespoons ice water


  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup butter


  • 1 cup light molasses
  • 1 scant cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 beaten egg
  1. Make your pie crust. Mix flour and salt, then add the lard and work with a pastry blender. Begin adding (tablespoon at a time) water. Place mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap. Bring the corners together and shape the dough into a ball while it is in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate. Handle your pie crust as little as possible.
  2. Mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter with a pastry blender in a separate bowl. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Put your kettle of water on to boil.
  3. Pull out a cookie sheet, a 9 inch pie pan, and your dough. Roll out your pie crust quickly and firmly. Try not to handle it more than you have to. Press the rolled out dough into your pie plate/pan and prick with a fork.

In a bowl, mix molasses and boiling water with a fork. Add baking soda and beaten egg. Stir vigorously and pour into the pie pan. Add the topping and bake (on the baking sheet) for 40 minutes or until the pie is medium-set. Serve warm or cooled with ice cream and/or coffee.

This pie reminds me of my childhood because it was made for me every time I caught the flu. Something about this molasses cake/pie hybrid calms nerves and upset tummies. Even today, the scent of it while baking made me feel warm and secure. Enjoy!

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  • Gina - Oh, YUM!!!! just looking at that made my mouth water!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind comment!

    That Shoo-Fly Pie looks mighty gorgeous! I’ve read things about this intriguing pie, but never tasted it! I’ll have to try that speciality once (I have a recipe in one of my cookbooks)…

    Great blog by the way!



  • jayedee - oh! oh! oh! even though i failed piecrust 101, i’m gonna try your recipe from beginning to end. it looks THAT good!
    thanks for sharing! you’re the BEST!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Happy Sunday. 😀

    I have never eaten shoo-fly pie, nor have I ever actually seen one! I had only ever heard of them before now. 🙂 Yours looks sehr schön! (very beautiful in German). :mrgreen:

    Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, hugs, RobinReplyCancel

  • Leah - Despite where I live I’ve never had shoo-fly pie. You’d think it’s something I grew up with. I think I’ll give it a try sometime this week. 😀ReplyCancel

  • The Holly Tree - Morning, Lacy! *waves* Just popping by to wish you a great day and a great week, and to let you know Manic Monday is up – and I think it’s a pretty good one, this week: hubby saw it before I put it up, and he got quite a laugh out of it, which is saying something. LOLOL

    Shoo-fly pie: I only ever had it once, and MAN, was it ever good! *drools* Some things are just never forgotten, eh? *big grin*

    Have a great day and a great week, my friend. See you again soon! *hug*ReplyCancel

  • jayedee - about your recipe for montgomery pie…
    the recipe says:
    “2 whole lemons, grated, with seeds removed”

    is that literally the whole lemon lacy?


  • Razor Family Farms - Sounds crazy but — yes — that’s exactly what yo do. You won’t regret it!! It’s fabulous!


  • Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity - Shoo Fly Pie!!!!!!

    Oh my gosh!!! I was born in PA Dutch country, Amish, the whole nine yards and now I live in Virginia.. no one knows what this is, nor can you buy it anywere.. and I can’t cook… well, not well anyway.. but I’m half tempted to try now, because Shoo Fly Pie?

    My favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Harvest Pear Pie : Razor Family Farms - […] recipe pastry for a 9 inch pie crust (click here for my […]ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Looks so good. I am actually reading this while having a yummy slice of shoo-fly pie we picked up from the Amish stand at the outdoor market!ReplyCancel

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