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Delicious Shoofly pie

Updated on August 22, 2016

Shoofly pie is a very strange looking, extremely sticky, and very tasty desert. The name shoofly pie has been debated for years by many people and it will probably never ever be solved. The most reasonable and excepted explanation leans towards the fact that during the early years of the United States of America, all of the baking was done in big outdoor ovens. The fact was that pools of sweet, and sticky molasses formed on the surface of the shoofly pie while it was cooling and attracted flies, and thus the pie came to be known as shoofly pie.

The Shoofly Pie Story

John and I have been good friends, and co-workers for quite a few years now. But you just never really ever get to know everything about a person. The other day I learned something which I just had to stop and say, "I never knew that". The following conversation was very funny to all of us, so I just wanted to pass on the humor to you all here on the hub pages. This is by no way meant to make fun of anyone or hurt anyone's feelings at all.

Like I've already said before, I've known and I've been good friends with John for many years now, so my mouth literally feel open at this new revelation. It was like just any other day, and when we all finished our task we began talking. I forget what started the conversation, but someone said something about being Amish. I said wait a minute, and I asked John if he was Amish. John said yes. I said how come I never knew this before. John said I have a beard. I told him that a lot of people have beards, and so what. John said well I have a beard because I'm married, and single men don't have beards. I said, I never knew that.

Then I couldn't help hold back all of my questions. I said if you are Amish, then where's your hat? John said at home. I said where do you get your hats from. John said from a member of the community who makes them. Dave chimed in and said, that we would like to see a picture of you with your hat on. John said, no problem. Fred commented that John could really build nice chairs. I couldn't help but ask if he knew the gentlemen who made those fancy flame-less fireplaces, which we had all seen advertised in the newspapers. John calmly answered, as he answered all of the questions, no.

Then I had to ask him if he knew how to make shoofly pie. John said no. I said have you ever had shoofly pie. John said no. I said you just don't know what your missing, and how could you never of had any shoofly pie? John said I never heard of shoofly pie before. I couldn't take it no more, and I told him that we needed to go find some shoofly pie. He agreed, and we went out on a quest for shoofly pie. That's when it dawned on me that you never really know someone. We will always be the best of buddies, but we never did find any shoofly pie. THE END

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      Bonsie007 4 years ago

      I've never had it but it looks and sounds yummy. This reminds me of the song Shoo fly don't bother me. When I was a child I pictured a fly hiding in my shoe waiting to bother me! So, imagine the images I had as a child and first hearing about shoo fly pie!

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Shoofly Pie is very popular up near Lebanon, PA where my parents grew up, and it's true it got it's name from having to shoo flies away. It is very popular at potlucks and holidays up there. I am surprised an Amish person didn't know what it was because there are a lot of Amish folks up in those parts.

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      Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Shoo Fly Pie is one of my favorite pies. A little fact about how they got the name shoo fly pie: When women baked their pies they used to put them outside on the windowsill or a table outside to cool. Since the flies were always after the pies, someone decided to make a molasses pie so the flies would be attracted to that pie and leave the real pies alone. Turns out that it wasn't just flies that liked the pie so in order to get your hands on one, you had to shoo all the flies away first! I enjoyed the hub and voted it up and funny.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I love pic crust, ths, but I'm not overly fond of the fillings. So my beloved grandma used to make me shoo fly pies which were simply pie crusts with a little molasses and lots of cinnamon sugar. Yum! What memories you provoked!

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      That was a very amusing. Story! And the pie sound delious. I have never tried it.but I am gonna make this pie.

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      stessily 5 years ago

      TheHoleStory, Isn't it amazing, the details which escape attention even in close contact with others? This is a charming, interesting story, enlivened by your nice narrative style.

      I love molasses, and I love shoofly pie. Always have and always will. Your recipe is so similar to mine that I can smell and taste it. Yummy!

      Kind regards, Stessily

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting story and a great lead into a recipe. Nicely done.

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      Oceansider 5 years ago

      Interesting hub...I've heard of shoe fly pie but never really knew what it was.