Okay, you can do this.
Step 1: Ready your unbaked pie crust.
I'm not going to go into pie crusts here. There are so many different schools of thought on pie crusts that it could be a whole post in itself. Suffice to say, just get one together. For this pie, I am using one of the pie crusts that I have frozen and pre-stacked in my freezer so I can make a pie in a hurry.
Step 2: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Step 3: In a medium sized bowl, put:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T butter, shortening, or margarine (I prefer butter.)
Cut these together with a pastry blender. If you do not have a pastry blender, I have found that crumbling them with your hands works just as well. You are making a nice crumb topping with this.
Combine the following in a mixing bowl:
1 cup molasses (or corn syrup, or sorghum.)
1 egg slightly beaten
3/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon of baking soda diluted in 1/4 cup hot water
I use a combination of 1/2 molasses and 1/2 sorghum, or sometimes just the sorghum. Some people use dark corn syrup instead of either of those options. They all taste delicious, so use whatever is convenient for you.
Add half of your crumb mixture to the contents in the mixing bowl and mix again.
Pour the contents into your unbaked pie shell. Since this is liquid, it may help if you put your pie on a cookie sheet to reduce spillage.
Finally, take the remainder of your crumbs and sprinkle them on top of your pie to cover. Bake for 35 minutes.
Let the pie cool before serving. Some people like to eat it a little warm with whipped topping.
Any questions? I offer pie support- just ask me if you need help.