Shoo Fly Pie

3/4 cup Boiling Water
1/2 cup Molasses
1 Egg Yolk
2 Tbsp Butter
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/8 tsp ground Ginger
1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Pie Crust (9″)


  • Preheat oven to 450°F
  • In a large bowl, dissolve the Baking Soda into the Water.
  • In a second bowl, incorporate the Yolk into the Molasses.
  • Combine the two bowls and mix together well.
  • In a food processor, combine the Spices, Brown Sugar, Salt, and Flour with the Butter, pulsing until “crumbles” form.
  • Pour the Molasses filling into a prepared 9″ Pie Crust.
  • Top the Molasses filling with the Crumbles.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 375°F and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

To reduce the burning of the crust, you can use a crust guard, or cover the edges with strips of aluminum foil. Shoo Fly Pie is a traditional Amish molasses pie, similar to a Pecan Pie, only with some extra spices and no nuts.

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