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A Sweet Family Tradition: Pennsylvania Dutch Shoofly Pie

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As a young bride, my maternal grandmother — who grew up in Pennsylvania — once asked her new mother-in-law what she should make for her sweet-toothed husband for dessert.

The answer? Shoofly pie. My grandmother didn't know how to make this particular dish, but her mother-in-law assured her it was simple: Just pour molasses in a pie shell and bake it.

I don't think she liked my grandma much. The molasses boiled over, and the oven was nearly ruined.