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I have been searching high and low for a pie recipe for nearly 25 years, and I finally found it. It is Wet-Bottomed Shoofly Pie. Because I had only eaten a very small piece when I was 7, I cannot reme
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Pie decorating ideas?

posted at 12/15/2011 2:41 AM EST
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I have been searching high and low for a pie recipe for nearly 25 years, and I finally found it. It is Wet-Bottomed Shoofly Pie. Because I had only eaten a very small piece when I was 7, I cannot remember how it was decorated on top. The pie is SO good, but it doesn't look very pretty "naked". Does anyone have any ideas? It is dark, thick, and extremely rick in flavor. I want to present this to my grandmother who, when I was 7, had it shipped across the country for her wedding anniversery. Thank you!!!

Wet-Bottomed Shoofly Pie
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp each nutmeg, ginger, and ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg yolk, beaten well
1/2 cup barrel molasses
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp baking soda
Piecrust dough for 9-inch pie
Combine flour, sugar, spices, and salt with the shortening. Work into crumbs with your hands. Add beaten egg yolk to molasses. Pour boiling water over soda until dissolved; then add to molasses mixture. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry and fill it with the molasses mixture. Top with the crumb mixture. Bake at 400 degrees until the crust browns, about 10 minutes. Reduce to 325 degrees and bake firm.

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posted at 12/15/2011 4:10 AM EST
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Every Shoofly Pie I have seen looked basically the same (first time I tried it was in Lancaster Pa. then Fla., & then Ga. or Tenn. ) just had a crumb topping & was served with a little vanilla ice cream on the side. It was so sweet, that I do not think I could eat it without the ice cream to help & 4 of us shared the slice. The pie did not look inviting, but we were young & in Lancaster & heard about the Pa Dutch cooking, so we tried a few items.

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posted at 12/15/2011 5:44 AM EST
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If this is a double crust pie, you could use an eggwash and sprinkle sugar on it before baking.  Otherwise, perhaps a crumb topping.

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posted at 12/15/2011 6:16 AM EST
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I don't decorate outside of doing an apple design for vent holes. But my family loves to eat the pie and not much chance to appreciate the design since it is gone in the blink of an eye!!!

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posted at 12/15/2011 7:21 AM EST
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I use little cookie cutters in the shapes of leaves, apples etc. and cut out shapes from the left over pie crust dough.   If the pie doesn't have a top crust bake it for 15 minutes and then add the cut outs to the top in any arrangement that you think looks appealing.  If the pie does have a top crust add before baking. 

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posted at 12/15/2011 9:11 AM EST
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i would top it with whipped cream

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posted at 12/15/2011 9:55 AM EST
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Shoofly Pies are a plain not pretty on top pie.
I would serve it as is but have unsweetened whipped cream available to serve on the side.  I suggest unsweetened because the pie is so sweet you really don't need any more sugar.  And the whipped cream can be used too dollop on coffee or hot chocolate at the end of the meal.

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posted at 12/15/2011 11:36 AM EST
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I have been searching high and low for a pie recipe for nearly 25 years, and I finally found it. It is Wet-Bottomed Shoofly Pie. Because I had only eaten a very small piece when I was 7, I cannot remember how it was decorated on top. The pie is SO good, but it doesn't look very pretty "naked". Does anyone have any ideas? It is dark, thick, and extremely rick in flavor. I want to present this to my grandmother who, when I was 7, had it shipped across the country for her wedding anniversery. Thank you!!! Wet-Bottomed Shoofly Pie 3/4 cup Flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp each nutmeg, ginger, and ground cloves 1/2 tsp salt 2 tablespoons shortening 1 egg yolk, beaten well 1/2 cup barrel molasses 3/4 cup boiling water 1/2 tsp baking soda Piecrust dough for 9-inch pie Combine flour, sugar, spices, and salt with the shortening. Work into crumbs with your hands. Add beaten egg yolk to molasses. Pour boiling water over soda until dissolved; then add to molasses mixture. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry and fill it with the molasses mixture. Top with the crumb mixture. Bake at 400 degrees until the crust browns, about 10 minutes. Reduce to 325 degrees and bake firm.
Posted by Jennifer B


Jennifer, thank you so much for posting this recipe.  My recipe for supposedly "wet bottom" pie is dry and I have wanted to find one that is truly a "wet bottom" pie.  We used to be able to buy the pie when we lived in PA near the Amish community.  No such thing down here in Dixieland. 

Sorry that I don't have a suggestion for the decoration for the pie, other than whipped cream or ice cream.

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posted at 1/28/2012 9:23 PM EST
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Jennifer:  Thank you for the recipe.  I think the whipped cream or ice cream is your answer.

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posted at 2/17/2012 1:51 PM EST
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Thanks for the reipe. I agree ice cream would be nice.

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posted at 2/20/2012 11:41 AM EST
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Never tried it, but the recipe sounds delicious! (Will have to try it!) I also like the idea of "leaf cutouts" put on top. Good luck!

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posted at 2/20/2012 12:15 PM EST
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You could make it with a fly cut out of dough on top a big one

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posted at 3/10/2012 12:44 AM EST
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posted at 3/12/2012 9:27 AM EDT
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I'm going to make a rhubarb pie for Easter.  I just usually sprinkle my top crusts with cinnamon/sugar.  I'll make decorative vent holes int he crust.  Mom used to make an apple for that kind of pie, but generally just made a wheat head

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posted at 3/12/2012 11:59 AM EDT
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My pie decorating expertise is a splash of whipped cream!

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posted at 3/12/2012 12:03 PM EDT
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I don't decorate pies just eat them I love pie

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posted at 3/12/2012 3:59 PM EDT
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I vote for ice cream.  I love pie a la mode!

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