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Quakertown Crumb Pie

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Quakertown Crumb Pie
55 Min

You're sure to gain lots of friends with this popular Pennsylvania pie. It's old-fashioned goodness from simpler times.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

What to Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, the molasses, egg, water, and the 2 tablespoons flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat, cool for 5 minutes, then stir in the vanilla; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup flour with the baking soda; add the remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar, the melted butter, and cinnamon, stirring with a fork until crumbly.
  4. Pour the molasses mixture into the pie shell; top with the crumb mixture, sprinkling evenly.
  5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until light golden. Cool before serving.


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 317
  • Calories from Fat 149
  • Total Fat 17g 25 %
  • Saturated Fat 7.1g 36 %
  • Trans Fat 0.3g 0 %
  • Protein 4.6g 9 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 58mg 19 %
  • Sodium 264mg 11 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 37g 12 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8 %
  • Sugars 8.0g 0 %

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can I use karo dark syrup instead of molasses?

Hello - We have not tried making this pie with Karo before, but we believe it may work. However, it will result in a different flavor as the molasses adds a lot of flavor to the pie. If you do try it, please let us know how it turned out!

is this something you could make the day before and take to church picnic the next day

Yes, this pie can certainly be made a day ahead. :)

All molasses is not created equal. Been a long time since I've seen King syrup but if memory serves, it's basically corn syrup. DON't use this. There are two different types of molasses typically found at the supermarket, light and dark, USE the dark molasses. Grandma's is a good variety if you can get it.

Thank you Fishsmoker! I agree

Call it what it it is!!!! Shoo-Fly Pie!!!!

What kind of molasses do you mean? What we called molasses is now called King syrup. Can you give me a name of molasses?

Molasses is molasses and the bottles are marked molasses they usually have a couple different brands either will work I buy Grandma's molasses

It is indeed shoo fly pie. I live in Quakertown PA, many fine PA dutch cooks here! By the way if ljhayes4 9217397 is looking for healthy low calorie food don't go near Amish PA dutch foods. Basically farm-working class diet!

Amen jmhar1! Thank God everything on here is NOT healthy, low calorie. I can't think of a better way to go than with a slice of shoo fly. Some recipes are not for everyday, but a little variety shouldn't kill us occasionally. Thanks to everyone, for all the delishious recipes that I get reguarly.

Where are the ingredients and directions for the crumb topping???

The ingredients and instructions for the topping are in Step 3. Enjoy!

buttThis sounds like Shoo-Fly Pie of the old days. Only thing in it that is good 4 U is the egg! Too much sugar, butter, carbs, etc.

This is a PIE and NOT a salad Looking for low carb and healthy? then don't look up pie recipes

Butter IS good! Or at least, better than oleomargarine.

Reminds me of my grandmothers.

i think this should be called delicious shoo fly pie

On your recipe "slow Cooked checken and Rice: define 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breast? How do I determine when I don't have a scale to weigh the meat? I just need to know if it's 4 or 5 medium size frozen breasts so I know how much to thaw out. thanks

quakertown is not geographically near Pennsylvania Dutch country. it is directly north of philadelphia, not southwest of philadelphia which is where the Pennsylvania Dutch live.

There are many Pennsylvania Dutch descendants in the Quakertown region where I lived for about 5 years. I am originally from Philadelphia and while geography is not my strong suit, I believe Quakertown is northwest of Philadelphia. It was a lovely place to live and the people are very friendly. Shoo-fly pie was never one of my favorites though.

"A rose by any other name, would smell as sweet". If this recipe provider wishes for it to be called Quakertown Crumb Pie, I'm all for it. And by the way, I'm close enough to "Pennsylvania Dutch Country" that the "horse & buggy swerve", is a practiced driving maneuver.

You're right. I does look like "shoo fly pie". The recipe is very similar to an Amish recipe I use. And it is DELISH!!

From the photo this looks like "shoo fly" pie that I used to get whenever I went to PA. If so it will be delish!!! Gotta try making it.

Sounds delicious & I can't wait to try it.


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