Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Shoo-Shoofly Pie....

Recently, I've been getting a lot of requests for Shoofly Pie and I gotta say that there have been some varying opinions as to what the darned-tasty stuff really is.  "It's got molasses in it, right?" Yes. Yes it does.  It also has flour, brown sugar, egg, soda, water and shortening. A very simple, down-home recipe.  Just a handful of simple ingredients, really.  
However, a good Shoofly is more than just throwing any kind of ingredients in there that you have on hand.  It takes careful consideration.  Trust me on this- it's easy to mess it up.  If you use dark brown sugar AND full flavor molasses, your pie is gonna be really muddy, kinda tar-like.  I like to use a good balance of light brown sugar (Domino is the best because it's always nice and moist and doesn't clump up) and a combination of mild and full flavor syrups (try Brer Rabbit brand- best flavor I've found plus there's a really good molasses cookie recipe printed on the side of the bottles).
So now I come to the great Shoofly controversy!  
Wet Bottom vs. Dry Bottom
A thick sticky bottom with a cake-like                  A moist cake-like consistency           middle and crumb top.                                  throughout with a crumb top.

Clearly, the wet bottom wins. When I think of Shoofly pie, I think of a slice of sticky, sweet, gooey goodness.  And anyway, you can have cake anytime.... 
If you don't believe me, ask Dinah Shore.  


  1. I'm sorry, but "wet bottom" vs. "dry bottom" might be one of the best (and most awkward) controversies known to man.

  2. Yes, it most certainly is. Wet bottom's so much better though! Haha.