Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie

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This is a Pennsylvania Dutch speciality and so named, tradition has it, because when the pie was baked and left to set, the flies buzzed around and the proud cook would say " shoo flies"
Servings: 4
Calories: 822


  • 6 oz Shortcrust pastry dough

for the filling

  • 6 oz Flour
  • 4 oz Butter
  • 6 oz Soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda baking soda
  • 8 floz Boiling water
  • 4 floz Molasses or dark treacle
  • 4 floz Clear honey


  • Preheat the oven to fairly hot 190°C (Gas Mark 5, 375 °F).
  • Roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm (1/4 in) thick and use to line a 23 cm (9 in) pie dish. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the butter and cut into small pieces with a knife. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and set aside.
  • Dissolve the soda in the boiling water, then stir in the molasses or treacle and honey. Pour this mixture into the pie case. Sprinkle the flour and butter mixture over the top.
  • Put the pie into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to moderate 180°C (Gas Mark 4, 350°F) and bake for a further 25 to 30 minutes, or until the filling has set.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before serving. Cut into wedges and serve.
Calories: 822 kcal
Carbohydrates: 143 g
Protein: 8 g
Fat: 26g
Saturated Fat: 15 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 61 mg
Sodium: 709 mg
Potassium: 589 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 88 g
Vitamin A: 708 IU
Vitamin C: 1 mg
Calcium: 117 mg
Iron: 5 mg
Cuisine American
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