March 4, 2024

Classic Shoofly Pie

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This shoofly pie has all the flavors of a molasses ginger cookie mixed with a buttery streusel in a flakey pastry crust.

This pie, with its roots in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, brings a touch of nostalgia and warmth to any table. It has all the flavors of a molasses ginger cookie mixed with a buttery streusel in a flakey pastry crust. 

Shoofly pie is basically everything you love about a ginger cookie, molasses pecan pie filling and streusel all combined into one magical dessert. Streusel in the pie; streusel on the pie. Because literally everything is better with a crumb topping.

Most shoofly recipes are divided into two camps: those who layer the molasses custard with the crumbs and those who just dump the crumbs on top.

I take a firm “the more the merrier” stance on streusel, so I advocate for the layered approach.

The spiced crumbs just seamlessly blended into the molasses custard, so that it is just a rich, creamy, spicy, sweet filling. Say what now?

This is what has been missing in my life.

See Also


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Step by Step Guide to Making Classic Shoofly Pie


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Fit the pie crust into your dish, crimping the edges for a decorative touch.

  2. Make the Crumbs: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, spices, salt, and brown sugar. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.


  3. Mix the Filling: Dissolve the baking soda in boiling water, then stir in the molasses and beaten egg yolk until well combined.


  4. Layer the Pie: Pour a layer of the molasses mixture into the pie crust, then sprinkle a layer of crumbs on top. Repeat, ending with a crumb layer.


  5. Bake: Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for 20 minutes or until set. The pie should be firm but slightly jiggly in the center.


  6. Cool and Serve: Let the pie cool to room temperature before slicing. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.


Recipe Notes:


  • The pie improves with time, as the flavors deepen and meld.
  • The filling will firm up as it cools, so if it seems a bit soft when it comes out of the oven, don’t worry.
  • For a homemade touch, making your pie crust adds a special flair to this comforting dessert.

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Classic Shoofly Pie RecipeClassic Shoofly Pie Recipe

Classic Shoofly Pie


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  • Author:
    Lindsey Farr

  • Total Time:
    50 minutes

  • Yield:
    8 servings 1x

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Description

This pie, with its roots in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, brings a touch of nostalgia and warmth to any table. It has all the flavors of a molasses ginger cookie mixed with a buttery streusel in a flakey pastry crust.


Ingredients


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For the Crumbs:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed and cold

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg yolk, well beaten
  • Single Pie Crust




Instructions

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Fit the pie crust into your dish, crimping the edges for a decorative touch.
  2. Make the Crumbs: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, spices, salt, and brown sugar. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  3. Mix the Filling: Dissolve the baking soda in boiling water, then stir in the molasses and beaten egg yolk until well combined.
  4. Layer the Pie: Pour a layer of the molasses mixture into the pie crust, then sprinkle a layer of crumbs on top. Repeat, ending with a crumb layer.
  5. Bake: Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F and continue baking for 20 minutes or until set. The pie should be firm but slightly jiggly in the center.
  6. Cool and Serve: Let the pie cool to room temperature before slicing. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

Notes

  • The pie improves with time, as the flavors deepen and meld.
  • The filling will firm up as it cools, so if it seems a bit soft when it comes out of the oven, don’t worry.
  • For a homemade touch, making your pie crust adds a special flair to this comforting dessert.
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Shoofly Pie Recipe, Molasses Pie, Traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Pie, Easy Shoofly Pie, Homemade Pie Recipes, Spiced Molasses Pie, Classic Shoofly Pie, How to Make Shoofly Pie, Amish Pie Recipes, Dessert Pie Recipes

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