We went to the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, which was filled with so many luscious things that we just had to bring home a few things - Apple Butter, Amish Pretzels, Sticky Buns (gooey and full of pecans!), and what I'd been wanting to taste again for years - Shoofly Pie! "Wet-bottom Shoofly pie is kinnd of like the filling of a pecan pie, but not quite as sweet, and it's covered with a wonderful cinnamon crumble. The main ingredients are molasses, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
The Legend behind Shoofly Pie is this: before home refrigeration became commonplace, most fresh foods had to be eaten quickly before they would spoil
. Shoofly pie, however, did not spoil quickly and could be kept around the house for over a week for the family to snack on. This made it a practical pie for people without refrigerators. After the pie came out of the oven, it would be placed on the windowsill where a breeze could cool it off. The sweet aroma of the pie, with molasses as a main ingredient, caused it to attrace the attention of flies. So, much time being spent shooing those flies away - the pie's appropriate name was established! It really is a wonderful treat - especially if it's a bit warm, with whipped cream on top (of course I use fat-free whipped cream!!) We just bought a tiny one, enough to satisfy my long-term memories of that unique flavor, and enough for Greg to know what I'd been talking about all this time!
We took a drive today to Lancaster County - one of the largest and oldest Amish communities in the United States. Best known for the unique names of the towns: Intercourse; Mount Joy; Paradise; Blue Ball; and Bird-in-Hand. We stopped at the Lancaster Brewing Company so Greg could try the local brew, and we had their specialty appetizer, chicken wings, for a light lunch.