Turkey Hill Shoofly Pie Recipe


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 9" unbaked pie shell


Lancaster County's best known dessert and a farmers market favorite, it got its name when cooks had to "shoo" the flies attracted by the molasses and brown sugar.

Combine flour and brown sugar. Cut shortening into flour mixture until crumbly. Reserve 1/2 cup crumbs. Dissolve baking soda in hot (but not boiling) water. In a small bowl combine molasses, egg, and baking soda water and beat well. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.