Somethin’s in the oven

Among the trio of food-related businesses-in-the-works on the north edge of The Junction, Shoofly Pie Company is first to put up its official sign …


24 Replies to "Somethin's in the oven"

  • Jan June 28, 2007 (6:34 pm)

    Sue….are you out there? Looks like we’re gonna have to go sample soon, if the signs are going up.

    Shoofly pie….yum…. :D

  • Christopher Boffoli June 28, 2007 (7:42 pm)

    Damn, as if Bakery Nouveau hadn’t already done a number on the size of my belly. We don’t need any more bakeries at the Junction. What we really need now is a big pants store.

  • Velvet Bulldog June 28, 2007 (8:36 pm)

    If you please, what IS “Shoofly Pie?”

  • SomeGuy June 28, 2007 (8:49 pm)

    Shoofly pie
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Shoofly pie (or shoo-fly pie) is a molasses pie considered traditional among the Pennsylvania Dutch and also known in Southern cooking.

    The more common version of the recipe — sometimes referred to as “wet bottom” — consists of a layer of sweet, gooey molasses beneath a crumb topping sometimes compared to that of a coffee cake. In contrast, a “dry bottom” shoofly pie is more thoroughly mixed into a cake-like consistency.

    The dessert has earned quite a reputation in the “Dutch Country” of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where its distinctive flavor and texture is quite alluring to tourists.

    A Montgomery pie is similar to a shoofly pie though lemon juice is usually added to the bottom layer and buttermilk to the topping.


    * The term first appeared in print in 1926. The name is commonly thought to arise from the fact that the molasses in the pie is so attractive to flies that they have to be constantly “shooed” away.

    * The song “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy” was first performed by June Christy singing with Stan Kenton and his orchestra; a cover version performed by Dinah Shore in 1946 was her first top ten hit. The song was written by songwriter Guy Wood.

    * As of July 2006, “I break for Shoofly Pie” is the official bumper sticker of the state of Pennsylvania.

  • Velvet Bulldog June 28, 2007 (9:11 pm)

    Thanks–didn’t even think of checking Wikipedia. Hmmm, well it’ll be an experience for us West-Coasters!

  • Jan June 28, 2007 (9:41 pm)

    Christopher, you almost made my water come out my nose…hahaha….a big pants store..please, please don’t say that around Jiggers :D

    Some guy…thanks for that..I grew up in the county next to Lancaster county in PA….and I’ve described this pie to my friends and they just stare blankly at me…Wikipedia comes through every time :)

  • Todd in Westwood June 28, 2007 (11:48 pm)

    Does Washington have an official bumper sticker?? My fav was “I brake for tailgators”


  • Jan June 29, 2007 (1:17 am)

    Todd…are you saying…that we have crummy drivers here? hehehehe…

  • flipjack June 29, 2007 (8:18 am)

    I don’t know flys and food doesn’t sound so great, I mean if the pie is fresh, what’s attracting the flies to the pie?

  • SomeGuy June 29, 2007 (9:10 am)

    Todd, not sure about WA bumper stickers but I know up north it’s “Alaskans for Global Warming”.

  • Sue June 29, 2007 (9:55 am)

    flipjack, I think the flies are because the pie is like 200% sugar. :)

    Jan, email me (link below) and we’ll make a date for pie!

  • Jan June 29, 2007 (12:46 pm)

    Sue…that didn’t work…

    WSB…how can we do this (link up), since we are anonymous on here?

  • Kristi June 29, 2007 (12:54 pm)

    HA! As a brand new resident of W. Seattle, I had recently noticed an ad for a certain shoe store in the local alternative press. While driving down California Ave yesterday trying to familize myself with the area, I passed by the above mentioned pie company but could not read the smaller text in the sign (didn’t want to rear end one of my new neighbors), and thought, “ah-ha! I found the shoe store with the cute name.” Thanks WSB! I now know to not look for my size 8s at the Shoofly Pie Co…

  • Jan June 29, 2007 (9:44 pm)

    Kristi…welcome to our little corner of the world…mebbe you could join Sue and me for a waist-expanding piece of pie there when it opens up :)

  • Sue June 30, 2007 (4:47 pm)

    Jan, let’s see if this works:

  • d June 30, 2007 (6:33 pm)

    Jan, Sue – This is probably not the way to do this. WE ALL ,now, where to find sui****. Perhaps, you just suggest where to find each other, when, and how to recognize each other. You are asking (not knowing) to find real trouble.

  • Jan June 30, 2007 (7:36 pm)

    d….susie and I will be meeting in a public place, just like if I was meeting you (a male), or anyone else from on here. As a 60 year old female I have enough sense to be careful, yet not paranoid (as you seem to be, at least on this count). Not everyone on the internet is a predator, believe me. I’ve met some great people, and have formed some lasting friendships (male and female), by doing just what she did. But thanks for the concern…I think we have things covered :)

  • d June 30, 2007 (9:55 pm)


    Lo siento, pero la vida no es suridad, y esta es la vida. Adios, y vaya con dios, si pueda. Adios, mi amigo/as.

  • Sue June 30, 2007 (10:16 pm)

    D, yes, I do understand that “everybody” can now see my email address. Of course I posted the “I don’t care who spams me” public email address and now that Jan has emailed me, I’ll give her my “real” one.
    Frankly, I’d feel more vulnerable if I posted “Jan, meet me at X on this date/time” so that anybody could come there and say they were her. I met my husband on an internet message board, so I’m not doing too badly in terms of judging character. :)

  • Jan July 1, 2007 (12:09 am)

    d…nice message…but I don’t understand a word of it…but I’m sure it was condescending in some way. Sue and I both respect your concern for us, but…it really is OK…

    have a great rest of the weekend :)

  • Gina July 1, 2007 (7:35 am)

    Translation through babelfish:

    “I feel it, but the life is not suridad, and this is the life. Good bye, and goes with God, if it can. Good bye, my amigo/as.”

  • flipjack July 1, 2007 (10:15 am)


  • Jan July 1, 2007 (10:24 am)

    I love Babelfish….

  • Razor Family Farms April 13, 2008 (10:20 am)

    I just found your blog today and thought I would let you know that there is a recipe for shoo-fly pie on my blog. I grew up in the Northeast and enjoyed shoo-fly pie, tears-on-your-pillow pie, and Montgomery pie on a regular basis. I promise to post more of these heritage recipes for others to make in their homes. I was brought up to think that there were two things that were never to be sold: quilts and pies. They are to be given as a symbol of friendship and love. Even though the days of giving the new neighbors casseroles, bringing a ham to someone who has just lost a loved one, or even leaving baskets of farm fresh eggs and canned jams & jellies on someone’s front porch have long since past… I try to continue those traditions in my part of the world. My neighbors are slowly getting used to getting a pie or homemade tea cosy here and there.

    Blessings to you!

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