Shoo Fly pie is extremely popular in our area. In fact, it's probably the most popular icon of the PA Dutch area. Everyone has their own little secret, use this molasses, that butter, etc. The trick to a good pie is definitely in the molasses. These are the recipes I came up with. I have not tried them all, see what you think.
2 C. flour
1 tbsp. salt
2/3 C. Butter Flavored Crisco,divided
5-7 tbsp. Ice water
2 C. sugar
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 C. butter or margarine
2 C. unsulphured molasses
2 c. warm water
2 tsp. baking soda
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Crust: Combine flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in 1/3 c. Butter Flavor Crisco using pastry blender (or 2 knives) until flour blends into fine crumbs. Cut in remaining 1/3 c. Crisco until coarse crumbs form.
Stir in egg.
Sprinkle with water, one tbsp.. at a time. Toss lightly with fork until dough forms a ball. Press between hands to form two 5-6 in. "pancakes".
Flour rolling surface and rolling pin lightly. Roll one "pancake" Into circle. Trim 1 in. larger than upside-down 9-inch pie plate. Fold into quarters. Unfold and press into pie plate. Flute. repeat for second pie shell.
Crumbs: Combine flour, sugar and baking soda in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender (or 2 knives) until crumbs form. Set aside.
Filling: Combine molasses, water, egg and baking soda in large bowl.
Beat at low speed of electric mixer until blended. Add half the crumb mixture to filling. Beat at low speed just until blended. Pour into unbaked pie shells, filling a little over half full (you may not use all the filling). Sprinkle remaining crumbs over both pies.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min. Reduce oven to 375'F. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on cooling rack. Place each pie inside separate plastic bag. Fasten open end with twistie. Cool completely on counter. Makes two 9-inch pies.