Traditional Shoofly Pie

It's gooey sweet and unadorned by a top crust. What better invitation to come join the party does a hungry insect need? It should be called "molasses pie," but it's whimsically named shoofly because its "open" structure lures flies that must be shooed away. Shoofly Pie is thought to be a Pennsylvania Dutch creation, and may be a direct descendant of "Centennial Cake" introduced at the first World's Fair -- the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.

Place pie crusts in 9 inch pie pans. Chill the crusts approximately 1 hour before use. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). In a medium bowl, stir together the baking soda and warm...


  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter

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