My favorite dessert recipe

The great thing about breakfast at Walnut Lawn B&B is that it comes with dessert!  We all want to eat ice cream for breakfast, but we usually choose the other path that involves whole grains, fruits, high quality protein, and lots of nutrients.  But when vacations come around, take advantage of the pampering and eat the darn dessert!

I really do serve ice cream sundaes for dessert at breakfast, but I also serve warm cobblers, apple cake or pear tarts made from the fruits grown right here at Walnut Lawn. Here in the heart of Amish country, shoo-Fly pie is king.  The sweets molasses-y, gooey pie can be found at all of the Smorgasbords and local restaurants, as well as the Amish road side stands that dot the countryside.  While I love shoo-fly pie, I really love shoo-fly cake.  The variation on the dessert still has all the flavor without the gooey mess that drips down your shirt.

Below is my favorite recipe for shoo-fly cake.  It serves 9-12 people.  But the best part is that there are no eggs in it so I have no fear or guilt when I lick the beaters clean.


2 C all-purpose flour

1 stick butter, softened

1 C sugar

1/2 t salt

1/2 C molasses

1 C hot water

1/2 t baking soda


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. With a hand mixer, mix the flour, sugar, butter, and salt until it forms a crumbly meal. Set aside 1/2 C of meal to use for topping. In a small bowl mix the molasses, hot water and baking soda. Slowly mix the liquid into the meal until well incorporated.  Pour batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the batter. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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