Shoofly pie

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Shoofly pie
Wet-bottom Shoofly Pie
Alternative names
Shoo-fly pie
Place of origin
United States
Region or state
Main ingredients
Pie shell, molasses
Variations Montgomery pie, chess pie
Cookbook:Shoofly pie  Shoofly pie

Shoofly pie (or shoo-fly pie or Montgomery pie)[1] is a molasses pie considered traditional among the Pennsylvania Dutch.[2]

The pie may get its name because the sweet molasses odor attracts flies that must be "shooed" away.[3][4]

The shoofly pie's origins may come from the treacle tart with the primary difference being the use of molasses rather than golden syrup.[5] 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. ^ Stern, Jane (Jun 4, 2009). 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late: and the Very Best Places to Eat Them. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 101. 
  3. ^ History notes on pie and pastry
  4. ^ Shoofly Pie, Amish Country News
  5. ^ History of Shoofly Pie

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