This really is an old recipe, again from the files of Grannie Marvel. She also lived in southeastern Pennsylvania and lived well into her 80s. Most of the people in that area were farmers, and this would have been a good dessert to top things off for the men who had worked in the fields. Of course, you didn’t have to be a farmer to enjoy this wonderful rich dessert.
Shoofly Pie (Grannie Marvel)
Line deep pie pan with crust (regular crust)
Mix together thoroughly (beat) and pour into pie shell ‑
1 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup warm water
Sprinkle with the following crumbs ‑
2 cups flour )
½ cup sugar ) make into fine crumbs
½ teaspoon baking soda )
1/3 cup Crisco ‑ scant )
Bake 10 minutes at 425o and 20‑25 minutes at 350o or until filling is set. Best if done in a brown ceramic pie plate.