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 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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