Wet Bottom Shoo-Fly Pie

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Pennsylvania Dutch Wet Bottom Shoo-Fly Pie Recipe

Pennsylvania Dutch Wet Bottom Shoo-Fly Pie Recipe

Wet Bottom Shoo-Fly Pie

Since 1683, the Pennsylvania Dutch have been serving hearty old-country cuisine to their friends and family in Pennsylvania. Their simple, wholesome recipes were passed down through the generations and still appear on tables today.

Chicken pot pie, rivel soup, dandelion with hot bacon dressing, pork and sauerkraut, corn and oyster pie, wiener schnitzel, and potato filling are just a few of these classic recipes.

Pie was a staple in the early Pennsylvania Dutch diet and customarily, it was served with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No matter what day of the week or season it was, every kitchen had a pie or two in its cupboard.

When friends stopped to visit, they could count on their host serving an appetizer of cheese and ring bologna followed by a dessert of fresh pie and coffee.

The most popular Pennyslvania Dutch pies were fruit and custard pies and also drizzle pies, milk pies, and shoo-fly pies.

This wet bottom shoo-fly pie recipe is our family’s trusty favorite. Serve it with coffee and you will understand why!

Wet Bottom Shoo-Fly Pie

From the Kitchen of Jennie Miller Yeisley, 1897 – 1977

Pie Crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 pinches salt
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup cold water

Molasses Mixture

  • ¾ cup molasses
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Crumb Mixture

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
Assembling Shoo-Fly Pie

Assembling Shoo-Fly Pie

Preheat oven to 350°.

To make the pie crust, sift together the flour and salt. With a pastry blender, blend in the shortening until it is evenly distributed throughout the flour. While mixing the dough with your hands, gradually add the cold water a few tablespoons at a time. Add just enough water to form the dough into a ball. This should be one or two tablespoons short of ¼ cup of water.

Roll the dough between two sheets of waxed paper. Carefully transfer the dough to a pie plate. Trim and flute the edges of the pie crust. Set this pie crust aside until ready for filling.

In a medium bowl, stir the molasses (We use Brer Rabbit “full flavor” molasses with the green and yellow label), water, and baking soda until well blended. It should bubble slightly.

In a separate medium bowl, sift together the flour and sugar. Add the shortening and blend with a pastry blender to form a crumb mixture.

This Shoo-Fly Pie Is Ready For the Oven

This Shoo-Fly Pie Is Ready For the Oven

Pour half of the liquid mixture into the unbaked pie crust. Cover the liquid evenly with the crumb mixture. Drizzle the remaining molasses mixture over the crumbs. Bake at 350° for one hour until golden brown and set in the center.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Wet bottom shoo-fly pie is served cold or at room temperature.

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7 comments
toolsforkitchens
toolsforkitchens moderator

Did you stir the wet and dry ingredients (after pouring them into the crust)?  If yes, that would cause the filling to be more like the consistency of cake.  If you didn't stir the ingredients, then I'd suggest pouring nearly all of the liquid into the crust first, then topping with all of the crumbs with a much lighter drizzling of the liquid on top.

maryannworks13
maryannworks13

I made a couple of these, but I don't know what I did wrong as neither one had a wet bottom.  Any suggestions?

Liz Main
Liz Main

Hi, Thank you for the recipe. My mother was of Pennsylvania Dutch Heitage, and would make the pie for special times. I do not have the recipe that she used, so am happy to have this one.

KB and Whitesnake
KB and Whitesnake

Looks delish. Thanks for sharing with us at Simply Delish Saturday

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

My grandmother made Shoo Fly Pie and it was delicious. Your recipe looks delicious and I can't wait to try it. Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen

maryannworks13
maryannworks13

Thank you. I did not stir the ingredients once poured, so I will use more liquid in the bottom next time. They said it tasted really good, they just missed the "sugar rush" from the wet bottom. This was my first experience with shoo-fly pie and I am looking forward to getting it right.

Christy
Christy

Miz Helen, I hope our family's recipe is as delicious as your grandmother's! Hope you have a fabulous week, too.