Shoofly Pie (Molasses Pie) #SundaySupper

Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie aka Molasses Pie pairs deep, rich, gooey molasses with tender crumbs. A PA Dutch favorite!

shoofly pie slice

Have you ever tried Shoofly Pie? Good Shoofly Pie has a wet bottom and tender, molasses kissed crumbs. It is said that Shoofly Pie got its name because its sweet aroma while cooling on the window sill attracts flies. If you find yourself in that situation, wave your hands over the pie and yell, “Shoo fly, shoo”!
This pie is so easy to make that you will wonder why you never made it at home.

shoofly pie

My Mom made a killer Shoofly Pie. Her handwritten recipe has the well worn signs of use. Smears of molasses dot the paper where she tried to wipe it. Bits of flour where dough stuck. I know she had most of her recipes stashed in her mind. She was a perfectionist and kept them all written down anyway. I totally get it. I approach a new recipe that same way. Better safe than sorry.
Like most PA Dutch pies, cakes and quick breads, you get two for one. Most of my hand-me-down recipes generate more than the two of us need. Some of these double recipes call for one egg for example. My freezer is my new baking partner.
Shoofly Pie was and is in most Amish and PA Dutch bakeries in my area. I worked for a family owned bakery many years ago. We would crank out dozens of pies every day.
Customers would pick their favorite by how the pie baked.
Some liked a bit of molasses oozing through the crumbs. Others went for a darker or lighter crust to enjoy their prized treat.

Even Dinah Shore loved Shoofly Pie! It makes your eyes light up and your tummy say, “Howdy”.

This pie is really very easy to make. Crust, crumbs and molasses infused with baking soda.

shoofly molasses

shoofly crumb

 

If you make one, I mean two, let me know how they turn out!

Shoofly Pie table

Shoofly Pie (Molasses Pie) #SundaySupper

Yield: 16 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Ingredients

  • 2 unbaked pie crusts (bought or homemade)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup cold butter cut into little pieces
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Whisk together flour and brown sugar. Cut butter pieces into mix to form a small, fine crumb.
  • Prepare two 8-inch pie pans with dough.
  • Mix together molasses, water and baking soda.
  • Divide molasses mixture between the pies.
  • Top each with half the crumbs.
  • Bake at 450 in upper third of oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake until firm and knife easily comes out clean. (about 15 to 20 minutes)
  • Cool on rack before cutting.
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Thanks Sue of A Palatable Pastime for hosting this event!

Enjoy these regional recipe favorite pics from Sunday Supper!

Appetizers:

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Salads:

Sauces:

Side Dishes:

Soups:

Main Dish:

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Plus Rhubarb Steamed Pudding and Favorite Regional Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement

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Chicken Quinoa and Apples Salad #TheRecipeReDux

Chicken Quinoa and Apple Salad is light, tasty lunch idea. Add hemp hearts and spinach for a complete meal.

Chicken Quinoa and Apple Salad

What time do you eat lunch? I work in the restaurant business so I take lunch on the run. I need to eat fast and get back to our busiest part of the day. That just makes me appreciate a leisurely weekend lunch even more.

Chicken Quinoa and Apple Salad setting

This month The Recipe ReDux put our lunchtime to the challenge.

 

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Limpin’ Along for Lunch

Ever get in a lunch rut? Need new ideas for packing your kids’ or your own lunch? Are packable noontime options dwindling? Surely you’ve met the ‘What shall I pack for lunch?” question head-on with creative ideas. Please share your healthy lunch recipe – so we can swap it into our own rotation.

A meat and grain salad like Chicken Quinoa and Apple Salad can power you through the rest of your day. Packed with protein, iron, fiber along with B vitamins and complex carbohydrates to get you through the afternoon sluggies.

Chicken Quinoa and Apple Salad

I added hemp hearts and spinach for even more bang for your bite!

Crunchy hemp hearts stole my heart. I love to toss a bunch into baked goods, salads, soups and yes in and on home-baked bread.

Chicken Quinoa and Apple Salad

 

Chicken Quinoa and Apples Salad #TheRecipeReDux

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped apples
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts

Instructions

  • bring quinoa and broth to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Cook until tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Season chicken strips with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Saute in oil until cooked.
  • Combine chicken, quinoa, hemp hearts and apples in a bowl.
  • Arrange spinach on 2 plates.
  • Divide salad between plates.
  • Garnish with fresh fruit in desired.
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recipe redux

As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. Dietitians Regan Jones (ofReganMillerJones, Inc.), Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly (both of Teaspoon Communications) founded the group on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. As the Latin term “redux” means to revisit or reinvent, we are reinventing the idea of healthy eating with a taste-first approach. We aim to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.

I’d love to hear about your favorite healthy lunch! Drop me a line in the comments below!

Enjoy a new twist on lunch from The Recipe ReDux!


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Shrimp Beurre Blanc #VinegarTips #ad

Shrimp Beurre Blanc blends butter with wine and white wine vinegar creating a smooth, velvety sauce perfect for shrimp or chicken. Serve over seasoned rice.

Shrimp Beurre Blanc

My friends at VinegarTips.com asked me to create a recipe using white wine vinegar. I was compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

Beurre Blanc butter sauce can be intimidating if you never tried making it at home. I’ve heard horror stories about how easy the sauce breaks, it burns easily and so on.
In reality it is easy if you keep this few tips in mind.
First, use really cold butter. Second, don’t be afraid to rely on residual heat. Third, use a skillet not a saucepan.
We all can use cooking tips from time to time. I love when people share their finds with me. I know helpful hints make me a better cook. I love it when my meals turn out great the first time. Less epic fails equals less time in the kitchen and more dinner time to spend with family and friends. Win, win.

Shrimp Beurre Blanc

Another tip I learned about making a white butter sauce like Beurre Blanc is it benefits from the addition of something acidic. The acid reacts with the butter fat to create a delicious emulsion.
White wine vinegar is a great choice to add more acidity to the initial reduction. Wine alone is acidic but by enhancing the sauce with vinegar, you incorporate a smooth, creamy texture into the sauce.

I always have several kinds of vinegar on hand. Vinegar aids in cooking everyday.  A bit of vinegar will brighten marinades, tenderize meat, help balance flavor and more.

VinegarTips.com lets you in on many ways to use vinegar in the kitchen and around the house.

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Shrimp Beurre Blanc

Shrimp Beurre Blanc

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sauce
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cut into small pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Rice
  • 1/2 cup favorite rice blend
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning

Instructions

  • Saute shrimp, garlic, shallots and wine and butter in a small skillet until shrimp are opaque and liquid is reduced. Keep warm.
  • In a 2-quart saucepan, combine rice and broth. Bring to a boil and cook according to package directions. Mix lemon pepper seasoning into finished rice. Keep warm.
  • While rice is cooking start the reduction. In a small skillet, combine 1 tablespoon of the cold butter and the shallots. Cook about 2 minutes over medium heat just until shallots begin to sweat and soften.
  • Add wine, white wine vinegar, peppercorns and thyme sprigs. Simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly until most of the liquid is reduced.
  • Turn burner to low and remove pan. Remove thyme sprigs and slowly add the remaining butter, a few pieces at a time. Allow each addition to be fully incorporated into the sauce. Periodically return pan to burner as needed to gently heat sauce. Remove warmed pan and continue whisking in butter until all of it is absorbed.
  • Strain finished sauce and serve immediately or keep warm in a bowl placed over hot water for a short time.
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beurre blanc steps

Enjoy Beurre Blanc over your favorite meat or vegetables.
Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear how you use vinegar in the kitchen. Drop me a comment below. Happy cooking!

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Very Berry Springtime Spritzer #SundaySupper

very berry spring spritzer

A Very Berry Springtime Spritzer serves up fresh strawberries, sweet red wine, raspberry Liqueur and a bit of bubbles to welcome spring!

Spring is back! You know what I’m talking about. signs of spring are everywhere.
Birds are singing again.
A house finch decided this feeder was a good place to start a family.

bird nest

Update these are now 4 eggs in that nest!
Grass is green again. Open the windows and let in some fresh air.
Local fresh lettuce, spinach and spring onions are starting to appear.  Asparagus and rhubarb are on their way too.

This week Sunday Supper celebrates the return of spring. We’re dishing up everything from breakfast to dessert with spring in mind.

When I think of spring fruit, berries top the list. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and even blueberries are abundant in area stores. Time to utilize these beauties in muffins, sweet rolls, sauces and drinks.

Very Berry Spring Spritzer

One of my favorite drinks is a simple soda spritzer. A quick combination of wine and soda. I like to mix it up with different tastes by using red or white wine with ginger ale, lemon soda and even plain seltzer. Add some fresh fruit puree or fruit enhanced simple syrup to kick it up a notch. A shot of fruit liqueur works too!

Berry Springtime Spritzer

Very Berry Springtime Spritzer

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 12 ounce can of ginger ale
  • 6 ounces sweet wine
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries diced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ounces Chambord

Instructions

  • Bring strawberries, water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and cook until berries are soft and most of the liquid evaporates. Mash and set aside to cool.
  • In a shaker, combine wine and Chambord. Strain strawberries over shaker. Stir.
  • Add soda and pour over ice.
  • Garnish with a fresh strawberry if desired.
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A spritzer is usually a sweet drink. I prefer Red Moscato, Lambrusco, Sweet Red type wines but whites work as well. The soda adds a refreshing quality perfect for sipping.

Thanks Renee from Renee from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures for hosting this event!

Enjoy these great recipe ideas with spring in mind from Sunday Supper. Cheers!

Breakfast:

Appetizers:

Beverages:

Main Dish:

Side Dish:

Dessert:

Plus Spring Vegetable Minestrone and more Spring Recipes from Sunday Supper Movement

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement

Is there a favorite fruit or vegetable you’re glad is back in season? I’d love to hear what comes to mind when you think about spring meals!

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