Shoofly pie

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Shoofly pie
Wet-bottom Shoofly Pie
Alternative name(s) Shoo-fly pie
Place of origin United States
Region or state Pennsylvania
Main ingredient(s) Pie shell, molasses
Variations Montgomery pie, chess pie

Shoofly pie (or shoo-fly pie or Montgomery pie)[1] is a molasses pie considered traditional among the Pennsylvania Dutch and also known in Southern cooking.

The pie may get its name because the sweet molasses odor attracts flies that must be "shooed" away.[2][3]

The shoofly pie's origins may come from the treacle tart with the primary difference being the use of molasses rather than golden syrup.[4] A Montgomery pie is similar to a shoofly pie, except lemon juice is usually added to the bottom layer and buttermilk to the topping. A chess pie is also similar, but it is unlayered.


  1. ^ The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink (ISBN 0-86730-784-6), by John Mariani.
  2. ^ History notes on pie and pastry
  3. ^ Shoofly Pie, Amish Country News
  4. ^ History of Shoofly Pie

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