Friday, March 30, 2012

Recipe: Shoofly Tarts

If chocolate truffles (See: last week's post) did not take you to Paradise I guarantee today's recipe made with molasses and brown sugar most certainly will!

Shoofly tarts, a miniature version of an Amish classic (shoofly pie) will not only fulfill your sweet tooth's desire but it is said to be even better than Intercourse.

No other desert personifies Amish country (Lancaster ,PA) like shoofly pie. Think coffee cake with a gooey bottom.

According to local lore, the uniqueness of its name hales from the most logical of explanations. The sweet treat in all its sugary goodness while cooling attracted flies leaving the baker to "shoo" them away. And there you have it - the birth of shoo fly pie.

If you like sweet deserts then you are sure to love all this pie has to offer! I suggest you serve it warm with a dollop of whipped cream on top accompanied by a tall glass of ice cold milk.


Crumbs - 2/3 C. brown sugar, 1T. vegetable shortening, 1 C. flour.
*Reserve 1/2 C. of crumbs for topping.

Filling - 1 C. molasses or Karo dark syrup, 3/4 C. boiling water, 1 egg - beaten, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 packaged pie crust.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place baking soda in boiling water. Add egg and syrup. Next add crumb mixture. Stir well and pour into unbaked pie crust. Cover with 1/2 C. reserved crumbs and place into oven. Bake 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake approximately 40 additional minutes OR until firm.

NOTE: Paradise and Intercourse are actual names of Amish communities. For additional information contact the PA Dutch Visitors Center at


1 comment:

  1. I lived in Lancaster as a child, boy do I miss Shoofly Pie, I can't wait to try your tarts!!!