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Sunday, July 27, 2008

shoo-fly pie

shoo fly pie


No scrapple yet--am promised one at breakfast tomorrow--but already three slices into Alice Ann's delicious Shoo-fly pie.  (I called it Fly Trap pie at least twice, but that probably had more to do with the Stoudts Lagers I drank...)  Shoo-fly pie is a sweet pie made with flour, butter, sugar, and "molasses" (not the southern blackstrap kind, but something more akin to darkish syrup.)  Simple ingredients that reflect the sensibility--and generally limited resources-- of the area.

It's tooth-achingly sweet, I concede, but also somehow had a complexity of flavor that belies the short list of ingredients.  I think the "molasses" is the key.  I'll see if I can find out the exact brand--each family recipe specifies a particular one, or so I was just told.


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