This was my grandpa's favorite dessert. Coincidentally, it is lenten as well (albeit very delicious)!
1inunbaked pie shell9-inch, make sure it doesn't have butter or eggsit
1/2cuplightly packed light brown sugar
1cupgolden table molasses
Put the unbaked pie shell in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 5 minutes to prevent the bottom from getting soggy.
Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl and cut together with a pastry blender or rub with your fingers until the mixture forms fine crumbs. Set aside.
Dissolve the baking soda in the water in a large mixing bowl. Add the molasses and salt and blend well.
Pour this into the pie shell and sprinkle evenly with the crumb topping.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes, or until set (when the pie is given a gentle shake, the top remains firm).
Source: Betty Groff's Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook
Recipe provided by Lenten Season (https://www.lenten-season.com)