Mrs. Witmeyer's Shoofly Pie 8.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

May 14, 2014

This pie is so good that as a child, Pennsylvania native Tim Artz used to request it instead of a birthday cake. The recipe came from Mrs. Witmeyer, a neighbor.

Use your favorite flaky pie crust recipe or store-bought pie shell.

Make Ahead: The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, but as Artz says, "I have never seen a crumb of one last 24 hours. If a piece manages to survive until morning, it will be eaten with the first cup of coffee.”

Where to Buy: Ole Barrel Syrup is available through

Servings: 8 - 10

Yield: (makes one 9-inch pie)

  • Homemade or store-bought single crust for one 9-inch pie
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • Generous 2 tablespoons salted butter, at a cool room temperature
  • 1 cup Ole Barrel Syrup (may substitute 1:1 ratio of molasses and corn syrup; see headnote)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie plate with the unbaked pie dough/shell.

Use two forks or your clean fingers to combine the flour, brown sugar and butter in a mixing bowl, forming a crumbly mix. Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture in a separate small bowl.

Whisk together the syrup, egg, 3/4 cup of the hot water and the vanilla extract in a medium bowl until well blended, then add to the crumbly mix in the mixing bowl.

Stir the baking soda into the remaining 1/4 cup of hot water until it has dissolved, then quickly stir that mixture into the bowl to form a rich filling. Pour into the pie shell.

Scatter the reserved crumbly mix evenly over the surface. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375 degrees. Bake for 40 minutes or until the pie is just set.

Cool almost completely before serving.

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Recipe Source

From Oakton resident Tim Artz.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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