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.

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