Molasses Crumb Pie (Shoo Fly Pie)

Shoofly pie is a molasses crumb pie that was baked in a pie crust. The addition of a pie crust made it easier for people to hold a piece in the hand while eating it.

It comes in two different versions: wet bottom and dry bottom. The dry-bottom version is baked until fully set and results in a more cake-like consistency throughout. The wet-bottom version is set like cake at the top where it has mixed in with the crumbs, but the very bottom is a stickier, gooier custard-like consistency.

Molasses Crumb Pie (Shoo Fly Pie)
  1. 1 cup molasses
  2. 2 cups boiling water
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 t baking soda
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 2 unbaked 9" deep-dish pie crusts
Crumb Mixture
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup shortening
  4. pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Beat egg slightly. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 cup brown sugar.
  3. Stir in molasses and boiling water.
  4. Put egg mixture in refrigerator and chill while making crumb mixture.
  5. To prepare the crumb mixture, combine 2 cups flour, 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup shortening and mix until fine crumbs form.
  6. Alternate pouring crumbs and egg mixture into one of the unbaked pie shells, starting and ending with crumbs.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes.

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