One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rich tart made of treacle baked in a pastry case with a crumble topping.
- ‘Bobby had never eaten shoo-fly pie in his life.’
- ‘As the shoo-fly pie bakes, a gooey wet bottom will form in the pie crust, below the molasses crumb cake.’
- ‘Next I wanted to send the pie to someone I knew liked shoo-fly pies, my uncle and his wife in Florida.’
- ‘His wife is not Amish, but she does make a mean shoo-fly pie.’
- ‘Choices range from sweet and sour relishes, jams, jellies and preserves to pretzels, homemade sweet rolls, shoo-fly pies, fruit pies, cakes, candies, cookies, and birch beer.’
From the US interjection shoo-fly (referring to the need to wave flies away from the sweet treacle).
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