Amish-Style Shoo-Fly Pie

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You are probably wondering what Shoo-Fly pie is, right? I mean, it has never made the big time – at least outside of Amish country. But I do enjoy a delicious piece of shoo-fly pie! So I thought, “why not?” Maybe you would enjoy it as well!



For those of you unfamiliar with shoo-fly pie, it is a molasses crumb pie. The bottom layer is gooey and sweet, and the top is a crumble. As usual, there are many variations and style. Some people make a style with no gooey bottom layer – but frankly, that is the best part! :) As I mentioned before, my mom was an amazing pie-baker… she often made this pie, along with apple, cherry, pumpkin, and more. I loved it.

Start with a prepared pie crust. You can use this recipe: Easy, Flaky Pie Crust


Mix the crumble ingredients together with a pastry blender. Set aside 3/4 cup crumbs for topping. To the remaining crumbs, add the Karo, molasses, egg, and water.



Mix the soda with an additional 1/4 cup hot water, and stir into mixture.




Pour wet mixture into pie crust, sprinkle with reserved crumbs.


Please ignore the lumps in this mix. While I normally use a blender to mix this part – I used a whip this time, and it left lumps. But no worries – they ‘bake out’. :)









Bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Eat with a dollop of ice cream and some hot coffee! :)

How about you? Have you ever heard of Shoo-Fly pie? Ever eaten it?

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Amish-Style Shoo-Fly Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Amish
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup flour
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ¾ cup dark Karo
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 cup hot water, divided
  • 1 tsp soda
  1. Combine flour, butter, and brown sugar..
  2. Save ¾ cup crumbs for topping. to the rest, add:
  3. Karo, molasses, egg, and water. Mix well.
  4. Mix ¼ cup additional hot water with soda, add to mixture.
  5. Pour into unbaked pie shell.
  6. Sprinkle crumbs on top.
  7. Bake for 45 min at 350.



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