Amish Shoo-fly Pie


1 and 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
powdered sugar for sprinling
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
3/4 cup boiling water
1 unbaked 9 inch pastry shell

This is a classic Amish recipe that includes sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, butter and molasses. It is called Shoo-fly mainly because when the Amish cooks set this pie out on the window ledge to cool they would have to shoo the fly’s away.

  • Mix together the four, sugar, salt and spices.
  • Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Mix together baking soda and molasses, and immediately stir in boiling water.
  • Stir in 1 and 1/3 cups of the crumb mixture.
  • Turn into pastry shell.
  • Sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup of the crumb mixture over top.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Cool and serve.




20 min


30 min


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