Monday, March 16, 2015

Shoo Fly Cake - Vegan Friendly

This is a simply made Coffeecake and the ingredients are inexpensive. It is useful to take to any potlucks where Vegans lurk. Yes, they live among us. No the regular folks cannot tell.

Please forgive me if I seem pedantic. Lots of people do not know about regional specialties. I live in Pennsylvania. The Amish here are famous for a molasses pie/cake called Shoo Fly Pie.
There are two kinds of Shoo Fly Pies: the crumb cake type and the wet type. This is a recipe for the wet type.
The cool thing about this coffee cake is you get the Shoo Fly Pie taste and crumb without having to make pastry.

Shoo Fly Cake

4 cups of Flour (2 white and 2 whole wheat is delicious and optional)
2 cups Sugar
1 cup solid Vegetable Shortening or 2 sticks Margarine
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 cup Molasses
2 cups Boiling Water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, sugar and shortening to make crumbs; reserve 1 cup. Dissolve soda in water, stir in molasses. Combine mixture with crumbs. Pour batter into greased 13 x 9 inch pan. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Bake 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Note: I always reserve a bit more crumbs than a cup, as the crumb topping is my favorite part of this cake. It is a forgiving cake and hard to mess up. I also find in my oven the baking time is 45 minutes. Do not over bake. This cake gets more moist and delicious the second day. Serves 10 -12.