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The Story of the Shoofly Pie
When the early settlers came to North America, they brought with them such staples as flour, brown sugar, molasses, salt, shortening, and spices—a limited selection of items to create a shoofly pie. By filling a pie crust with a crumb and liquid mixture, they created a three-layer pie with a gooey bottom, cake-like middle, and a crumb topping. Baked and left to cool outside, these pies not only garnered rousing approval from the settlers, but a few flies buzzed around, too, giving this native East Coast dish its name.