Southern Shoofly Pie with Sorghum

Originally Shoofly pie began as a crust-less molasses cake called Centennial cake in 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. In the 1880s, home bakers added a crust to make it easier to eat alongside a cup of coffee in the morning, without plates and forks. Precursors include Jenny Lind cake, a gingerbread cake from the middle of the 19th century.


  • Single Piecrust dough or 1 store-bought crust.


  • ¾ cup sorghum syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed


  • Roll dough to fit a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°. For filling, mix brown sugar, molasses, sorghum syrup, egg, flour and baking soda. Gradually stir in boiling water and then cool.
  • Line unpricked crust with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights. Bake on a lower oven rack 15 minutes. Remove foil and pie weights; brush crust with egg yolk. Bake 5 minutes. Cool. Reduce oven setting to 350°.
  • In another bowl, whisk together first four topping ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add filling to crust; sprinkle with topping. Cover edge of pie with foil.
  • Bake until filling is set and golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Cool. Serve.

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