We have enjoyed shoo fly pie many times at a friend’s house, and my son requested it as his “cake” for his 8th birthday yesterday. Lacking my friend’s recipe and any experience baking a SFP, I chose 2 well-regarded recipes and made Shoo Fly Pie V alongside My Grandma’s Shoo-Fly Pie and had a taste test with 8 raters ranging in age from 4 to 60. Grandma’s was the clear favorite, but could have been gooier. Let’s just say no one has asked for a slice of either leftover pie yet today.
Pie V baked up like a cake (amazingly with no eggs) and the cinnamon tasted wrong in a SFP. Pie V was also a deep brown while Grandma’s had the sandy top I was expecting. I wish the recipe had more of a description of the pie at the point it should be removed from the oven. At the 30 minutes specified in the recipe, Pie V was completely liquid, so I left it in until it just jiggled a bit. Perhaps that was too long and the cause of the major texture problem and unappealingly dark color in the finished pie. Grandma’s was removed at exactly the time called for in the recipe, but again, firmed up too much as well. I’m giving Pie V 2 stars in case the error was mine; but really I’m just going to throw it out -- not worth eating.
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We have enjoyed shoo fly pie many times at a friend’s house, and my son requested it as his...