|Alternative names||Shoo-fly pie|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Region or state||Pennsylvania|
|Main ingredients||Pie shell, molasses|
|Variations||Montgomery pie, chess pie|
|Cookbook: Shoofly pie Media: Shoofly pie|
The shoofly pie's origins may come from the treacle tart with the primary difference being the use of molasses rather than golden syrup. 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.
Shoofly pie also 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.
The Pie/Cake Controversy
Because of the cake-like consistency of the "pie", it could be said that it is not a pie at all and at best a "hybrid cake within a pie shell". Historically it was a "breakfast cake meant to be eaten early in the morning with plenty of hot coffee." It is, therefore, thought by many that Shoofly "Pie" should be officially classified as cake instead of being included in that most exalted category of American pies.
- The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink (ISBN 0-86730-784-6), by John Mariani.
- 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.
- History notes on pie and pastry
- Shoofly Pie, Amish Country News
- History of Shoofly Pie
- Traditional Shoo Fly Pie Recipe
- ["The Best of Amish Cooking," Phyllis Pellman Good]
- A Pie Called Shoofly
- ["Pennsylvania Dutch Country Cooking", William Woys Weaver]
- A Pie Called Shoofly
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_pies American Pies
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shoofly pies.|
- "Pebble-Dash" or Shoo-Fly Pie, a page from a 1915 cookbook (Mary At The Farm And Book Of Recipes Compiled During Her Visit Among The "Pennsylvania Germans") at the website of the Michigan State University Library
- Shoo-fly, don't Amish me, a March 2006 Yale Daily News article on the pie which includes a recipe