Celebrate Pi Day With Some ShooFly Pie!

March 2019

Celebrate Pi Day
Photo Credit: Daniel Gracia

Celebrate Pi Day on March 14th with some yummy Shoofly Pie. This recipe is our pick on 3.14… day because just like Pi, flies seem to be around in infinite numbers during the summer!

According to Discover Lancaster Tourism, Shoofly pie is a fluffy molasses pie that’s a traditional dessert in Lancaster County, PA. The pie got it’s name because the molasses in it attracts flies, so when you’d sit the pie on the window sill to cool, you’d constantly be shooing the flies away.

See, like we said, flies!

Shoofly Pie
Photo Credit: Discover Lancaster

Shoofly Pie Recipe From Lancaster PA


1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell

1 egg yolk, slightly beaten


1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup boiling water


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Dash salt

6 tablespoons cold butter


1. Line pastry with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove foil; brush crust with egg yolk. Bake 5 minutes longer; cool on a wire rack.

2. For filling, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, molasses, egg, flour and baking soda; gradually add boiling water. Cool to room temperature; pour into prepared crust.

3. For topping, in a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator.