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Shoo Fly Pie

Being a southern gal, I had never heard of “Shoo Fly Pie.”  Until, I met Mark.  It is his favorite pie….. ever.  Mark’s mom graciously gave me the recipe when I married him.  Being the sweet wife, I made it for him.  It did not turn out like Mom’s.

I never baked one again.

But, our baby girl has been taught by Grandma the art of Shoo Fly Pie.  She’s quite good at it.  Mark is thrilled!

Shoo Fly Pie is from Pennsylvania….. Amish country that is…….  It has been said that when William Penn (Founder of Pa) conducted his “holy experiment” in attempt to have a godly society, the Amish came from Germany and Switzerland and settled in Lancaster County.  While they traveled from their “mother lands” they brought flour, brown sugar, lard, molasses and spices with them.   Since they landed in the fall, they were forced to survive on what they brought.  The women created this coffee cake like pie that is known as Shoo Fly.

How did it get its name??  Well, there are several speculated reasons.  The most popular reason is simply the fact that flies are attracted to the sweet molasses.  And well, we all know we have to shoo them away!!

Shoo Fly Pie


  • 3 C. flour
  • 1 C. brown sugar
  • 3/4 C. shortening
  • Generous amount of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1C. molasses
  • 1 C. hot water
  • 1 tsp.baking soda


  1. Cream flour, sugar, shortening, and spices. Mix in separate bowl: molasses, water and soda. Add approximately half the crumbs to the molasses mixture, reserving the rest for pie topping. Put molasses mixture in 2 unbaked pie crusts. Top with crumb mixture. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes.

Enjoy…… God bless…..