Lately, we've been in the mood to bake a pie. It had to be easy, made of ingredients we had on hand, and extremely tasty. For years, we've heard about shoofly pie, a molasses-laden, Pennsylvania Dutch staple, and have wanted to try it.
Today was the day. We decided to use the recipe from the blog Not So Humble Pie. It turned out to be a good one. One bowl for dry ingredients, one for wet, and a pie pan and you're set. The whole thing took ten minutes to put together and about 35 to bake.
If you're a molasses fan, we hope you'll give this a whirl. It's sweet, rich, and spicy. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Effort required: Truly 1/2 assed
Here's what you need and how you do it
Store bought pie crust (or your favorite crust recipe)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons shortening (or butter)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
3/4 cup King Syrup or Golden Barrel Table Syrup (if you don't have this, use 1/3 cup molasses, 1/3 cup corn syrup--light or dark--and 2 Tablespoons honey)
3/4 cup hot water
1 well beaten egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Unroll crust into pie pan and flute edges.
In one bowl, mix flour, shortening, and spices with handheld pastry blender or fork. In a separate bowl, mix syrup (or molasses, corn syrup and honey), hot water, egg, vanilla, and baking soda. Spread 1/3 of the flour/crumb mixture across bottom of crust. Pour 1/2 of molasses mixture on top of crumbs. Add another 1/3 of crumbs, cover with rest of molasses mixture and top with remaining 1/3 crumbs.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes.
Let cool at least 10 to 15 minutes before eating.
For a printable version of this recipe, click here.