So it occurred to me that I’ve never made you a real pie.
Sure, I’ve made pie pops. And whoopie pies. And little pecan pie “cups”. I’ve made “cherry pie” bars and apple pie popsicles. And yes there was a tart. And crack pie. And this vegan, gluten-free pumpkin pie. I even wrote a whole blog post about a place that JUST SERVES PIES.
But a legit, old-fashioned, sitting-on-the-windowsill-to-cool-pie recipe post?
Not a one.
And there are reasons for this. First, as you know, I HATE rolling out dough. Second, I’m not a fan of fruit. Or chocolate. Or nuts in my desserts. So that eliminates basically, like, all the pies.
And I was fine with that.
But Pi Day was coming and I wanted to make you a pie. And then I remembered that there WAS a pie that I loved.
As you know, I had my own landscape design business for many years. And my partner in the business became a very good friend. Bob’s that guy that you can call on the phone, and in 10 minutes he’s there at your door with whatever you need done/saved/fixed/help with. He’s a true blue friend and I cherish him and his wife more than they know.
Bob likes to visit Amish country, and about 10 years ago returned from a trip with a gift of shoofly pie for me. I had never seen one before, didn’t know anything about it (other than that song), and – from the looks of it – was highly doubtful that it was going to be something that this not-so-much-a-fan-of-pies girl was going to like AT ALL.
But I served myself a slice – you know, to be polite.
And within minutes I was looking for a place to hide the rest from my family.
I’ve not had it since, and never thought to make it myself till now – but here it is!
So what IS shoofly pie?
This is one of those oldey-fashioned recipes that harkens back to the days when pantry staples with a long shelf life were the predominant ingredients in baked goods. Shoofly pie is straight-up sweet, with a distinct molasses flavor and a filling that magically bakes up into three layers in the oven – a sticky, molasses-y bottom layer, a cake-like middle and a crumb topping.
It’s super easy – and super addictive – and I could eat this pie for breakfast, I kid you not.
Check out Serious Eat’s post for more facts and history; how are you celebrating Pi Day?
slightly adapted from whats4eats
one unbaked 9″ pie crust
1 1/3 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup molasses
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup boiling water
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, brown sugar and butter in a medium bowl and – using your fingers, two knives or a pastry cutter – work into small crumbs.
In another bowl whisk the molasses, beaten egg and baking soda. Whisk in the boiling water till smooth. Stir in half the flour mixture and pour into your pie crust. Sprinkle the remaining flour mixture on top.
Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes (the center of the pie will be set and the edges will be puffy).
Cool completely on a wire rack before serving. Keep covered, at room temperature.
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