Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Many years ago I worked with a lady that had moved to Texas from Pennsylvania.  She loved sharing her "recipes from home".

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup lard (or shortening)
2 9-inch pie crust shells
1 cup dark molasses
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tsp hot water, divided
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
cinnamon to suit your taste (cinnamon is healthy so be generous)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix together the flour, sugar, and shortening; set aside half of the mixture.  Spread the remaining mixture evenly onto the bottoms of the two pie shells.

In a separate bowl, combine the molasses and 1 1/2 cups of the boiling water.  Dissolve the baking soda in the 2 teaspoons of hot water and add to the molasses; blend in the beaten eggs.  Pour mixture evenly into the two pie shells.  Top with the remaining flour mixture and sprinkle cinnamon over the tops.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.  Lower the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 15 minutes.

Yield: 2 pies, 6 slices each

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