When you think of molasses, you probably think of gingerbread and spice cakes. Molasses is a wonderful sweetener with a rich, bittersweet flavor that is often paired with spices like cinnamon, ginger and cloves. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with doubling down on spices, that isn’t the only way to enjoy molases. Over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!!), I’m sharing a recipe for Shoofly Pie, which is a wonderful way to use molasses. This traditional Pennsylvania Dutch treat almost bakes into two layers in the oven: a cakier top layer and a softer, sweeter base. It’s delicious when served up with vanilla ice cream. While the traditional pie isn’t heavily spice, you could easily turn it into a holiday dessert by adding cinnamon, ginger and cloves to the pie filling to give it a gingerbread flavor.
This pie can easily be made with a graham cracker crust, but I prefer to use a pastry crust if I have time to make it. Crisp, buttery pie dough makes a good contrast for the rich and sweet pie filling and it’s worth the extra effort. Use my Flaky Vinegar Pie Dough recipe for great results with this filling.