This recipe was given to me by an Amish friend at the Farmer's Market in South Bend many years ago. This pie is very rich and sweet. Its an Amish tradition.
all purpose flour
brown sugar, firmly packed
plus 1 teaspoon margarine
baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie
1Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pastry in a 9 inch pie shell.
With a fork or pastry blender mix together flour, brown sugar, and margarine to make a crumb-like mixture. Set aside 1/2 cup of this mixture for topping the pie.
2Combine molasses, 3/4 cup hot water, and soda dissolved in another 1/4 cup hot water. Mix well.
Stir in crumbs (those not set aside). Pour the resulting filling into pie shell.
Top with the reserved 1/2 cup crumbs.
Bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Serve pie warm or cool in small slices as it is rich. You may serve it with ice cream or whipped cream.
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