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Shoofly Pie

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.


  • 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


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.

Recipe ideas from Turkey Hill