Shoofly pie

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Shoofly pie
Wet-bottom Shoofly Pie
Alternative names Shoo-fly pie
Type 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

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

The pie may get its name because the sweet molasses odor attracts flies that must be "shooed" away. However, it is not made with real or fake flies.[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.

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.[6]


  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. ^ Lynne Olver. "Food Timeline: history notes-pie & pastry". 
  4. ^ "Shoofly Pie". 
  5. ^ "History of Shoofly Pie, Shoo-Fly Pie, Shoo Fly Pie, Treacle Tart". 
  6. ^ "Traditional Shoo Fly Pie Recipe". Our Heritage of Health. 

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