Amish Shoofly Pie Muffins

Amish Shoofly Pie Muffins

Amish Shoofly Pie Muffins

One of my most liked/pinned posts has always been the one for Amish Sugar Cake. In today’s world, it makes perfect sense that that one would be popular. Whether or not it’s 100% accurate (I mean, they are human too and I’m positive life isn’t some romantic ideal for them either, just would be in different ways), the Amish have the reputation for leading simple lives with less conflict, less heartache and less stress. We who survive in the “modern world” are dealing with wars, a political climate (in the U.S.) that is dividing our country’s people, an economy that is getting steadily worse, and so on and so forth. This makes it very easy to yearn for simplicity,  for no technology to invade our lives, for what we all think of as the days of old.

Plus the Amish also have a well earned reputation for fantastic food. It’s the type of food my blog is aiming for; simple but not boring, homey, comforting, stick to your ribs foods. One of the classic Amish dishes is Shoofly Pie. I admit to never having tried it because I was afraid it would be far too sweet. But when I saw this recipe for Shoofly Muffins on the  Mr. Food site, I knew I wanted to try them. I mean, you have automatic portion control (in theory anyway. I take no responsibility if you eat six of them), plus even if it’s sweet, it’s a small muffin.

These are a cinch to throw together and they are really really good. The top and edges gets all crispy chewy and the muffin itself is soft and tender. The flavor is mildly reminiscent of gingerbread so if that’s a flavor you like, you’ll like these.

You know the drill… 😛

Amish Shoofly Pie Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, chilled and sliced thin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and either line cups with liners or spray with something like Bakers Joy to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add in the sliced butter and using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles fine crumbs. Set aside 1/2 cup of the mix.
  4. Add the boiling water to the rest of it all at once, Add in the molasses, vanilla and oil. Stir well.
  5. Spoon into the prepared muffin cups, about 2/3 full n each. Sprinkle evenly with the reserved crumb mixture.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. let cool in the pan for ten minutes, then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling.
  7. These are wonderful still warm, with a ton of little butter spread on them.

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We Gotseses TREES!!!

Soft Frosted Orange Cookies

Some of you may remember that late last year my husband and I bought a house and land. We’re in our late 40’s and this is the first time (for all intents and purposes) that we’ve owned a home, so we’re loving it. You can see a photo of the house here . Is it fancy? Not in the least. Is it new? Nope; about 13 years old. But it’s ours and it came with ten acres of land; 3 cleared and 7 wooded which was one of the major reasons we wanted it.

So this Spring we’re having fun doing a lot of planting. My husband tilled up a large area for us to have as a garden and we’re planting trees. So far we have two different types of apple trees, 2 fig trees, a peach tree and a nectarine tree. I want to get a couple more apple trees, one more peach tree as well as 2 or so pear trees, some cherry trees and some nut trees. It’s hard to describe how it feels to see this house becoming OUR dream… OUR future. It’s pretty darn cool.

Unfortunately, we live too far north for citrus trees though I do eventually want to get some dwarf citrus trees to pot, leave out in Summer and bring in during the cold seasons. If anyone has those and has any recommendations for a good place to buy them, please let me know 🙂

But for now, when I want a citrus dessert, I have to do what those of us not in very sunny climes have to do…. go to the store and buy some fruit.

I wanted cookies recently but not chocolate ones. I know I know… close your mouth and stop looking so amazed. There IS life beyond chocolate. Not always a good life, but life nonetheless. I say this as I am nibbling on a Scharffen Berger Milk Chocolate Bar I splurged on. Go figure. Continue reading

Sometimes Simple And Old Are The Best


I have NO idea who ate some of this before I could get a photo *blinks innocently*

I should know… I mean, look at my husband. Ok, I’m so gonna die for that but I couldn’t resist that one hehe

Seriously though… have you ever noticed that in the blogging world, it is always something new, something unique, something that is all about “OMG, I made elk tongues with a balsamic reduction and served it with bacony coleus plants sauteed in bear fat!”

Mind you, I love the new stuff; don’t get me wrong. I’m no different there than anyone else in trying to be unique and have something here on my blog that isn’t on 396 other blogs. Erhmmm, other than that elk tongue thing… you can have my share. Honest; I don’t mind.

Sometimes though, I just want something comforting, easy and old fashioned. Especially recently. I’ve been battling a fun fun fun tooth and jaw infection (thus my absence {didya miss me? 😛 } and also why no new posts recently) and have been taking massive doses of Penicillin. And while I’m not allergic to it, I’m sensitive to it big time and spent the better part of a week nauseous and unable to eat. I’m eating again but am still doing better with soft easy foods because my jaw isn’t 100%.

Point being (whining over lol) that when I’m down, physically or emotionally, I like, as I said, easy and comforting. One of my go to recipes for that (other than the ubiquitous mac and cheese that is practically everyone’s fave comfort food) is an old Amish recipe. I absolutely LOVE so many Amish foods. I have the same fascination with their culture, religion and foods that so many living in the mainstream world do.

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