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100 Favorite Dishes: Shoo-fly Pie from Long i Pie

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Shoo-fly Pie from the Long i Pie Shop thelongipie.com

The Long i Pie Shop isn't really a shop, it's a mobile vendor based out of a 1966 Airstream trailer named Stella. You can order pie on the bakery's website and pick it up at any number of locations; delivery is also an option. The pie varieties — both sweet and savory — change frequently, but right now shoo-fly pie is on the seasonal rotation. Shoo-fly is a pie traditionally found in Pennsylvania Amish country and is made with molasses, giving the filling an almost jet-black hue and sweet, mineral flavor. Owner Shauna Lott bakes her pies in cast-iron pans, which results in a thick but flaky crust that's the perfect complement to the rich filling.

See also: 100 Favorite Dishes of 2014

Lott says her shoo-fly pie comes from a family recipe originating in western Pennsylvania and sastern Ohio, that starts with a filling of molasses, water, baking soda and eggs. A streusel-style crumble topping, part of which is swirled into the filling, gives added texture.

The end result is a decadent bite of buttery goodness with a firm crust that somehow manages to maintain its lightness and a filling reminiscent of good coffee cake — moist, sweet and dense. This is the perfect pie-and-coffee slice, and luckily Long i Pies can be found at several area coffee shops, including every Friday at Huckleberry Roasters (both locations) and weekends at the Universal, among other locations.

And if molasses just isn't your thing, Lott also makes creative and delicious alternatives to traditional favorites. There's the insanely decadent bourbon, chocolate and pecan "Drunken Nut" and the sweet and delicate "Honey Flower" — a salted lavender honey custard pie. But no matter the flavor, as long as Long i keeps baking them, we'll keep eating them.

In advance of the Best of Denver 2015, we're already loading our plates with contenders for the best dishes in the city. And over the next nine months, we'll be sharing many of them with you, counting down (in no particular order) one hundred of our favorite dishes before the the Best of Denver 2015 hits the streets on March 26. In the meantime, if there's a dish you think we need to try, tell us about it in the comments section below, or shoot us an e-mail at cafe@westword.com.

Hungry for more? All the dishes in our 2014 countdown are linked below.

No. 100: Chile Relleno at La Fiesta No. 99: Gurage Kitfo at Megenagna Ethiopian Restaurant No. 98: Cochinita Pibil at Work & Class No. 97: The Greggers Tongue Sandwich at Olive & Finch No 96: Baum Cakes at Glaze by Sasa No. 95: Goat hot pot from Viet's No 94: Head cheese from Beast + Bottle No. 93: Kettle Chips from Amerigo Delicatus No. 92: Pork Belly Confit at Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar No. 91: Tacos Campechanos from La Calle Taqueria No. 90: Biscuits from Denver Biscuit Co. No. 89: Clams and Chorizo at Gozo No. 88: Aburi Sushi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den No. 87: Kimchi and Sausage Torta at City, O' City No. 86: Mar y Tierra Molcajete at Paxia No. 85: Crispy Pork Spare Ribs at Table Top No. 84: Chips and Dip at Euclid Hall No. 83: Chile Relleno Burrito at El Taco de Mexico No. 82: Scallop Crudo at Stoic & Genuine No. 81: Ceylon Curry Dosa at Khazana No. 80: The Lambada Torta at La Torteria No. 79: Pork Bulgogi at Dae Gee No. 78: the Pulled Pork Pig Pen Sandwich at Boney's No. 77: IPA Mac & Cheese at Hops & Pie No. 76: Chiles en Nogada at Chili Verde No. 75: Udon Noodle Bowl at Bones No. 74: Cinnamon Rolls at the Duffeyroll Cafe No. 73: Smoked Turkey Croque-Madame at Acorn No. 72: Pickled Lake Michigan Perch at Trillium No 71: Oysters at Jax Fish House Glendale No. 70: Venezuelan Tostadas at Empanada Express Grill No. 69: Tahini Cauliflower from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs No. 68: The Ham and Cheese Tartita from Maria Empanada No. 67: Ronnie's Favorite from Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli



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