True Confessions Part Two Mock Apple Pie

   Travel back to the 40’s with me.  When I was a young girl, our next-door neighbor taught me how to make an apple pie without apples.  It was a fun creation, and I enjoyed fooling my family with it.  With the help of the internet, I recently learned the concept for the Mock Apple Pie was developed by the pioneers in the nineteenth century.  Because of constant travel and a shortage of apples, they created this dessert with saltines, sugar, and spices.  During the depression, a version of the recipe appeared on the Ritz Cracker box.  Once again, apples were scarce and very expensive.  As a result, the taste for apple pie was satisfied at very little cost.

If you’re interested, you can also find on the internet recipes for Ritzy Pecan Pie, and one that uses dipping chocolate and Ritz crackers called “Faux Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies.”

If you decide to make this “pie,” it’s up to you whether to confess to your family and friends that you made it with no apples.  In my opinion, it tastes better than the average apple pie (excluding of course, the Paper Bag Apple Pie on this blog).  

Come on.  It’s worth a try.  It’ll be great for the holidays.  Go for it!  And then, let me know what you think.

Mock Apple Pie    

  •  Pastry for two-crust 9-inch
  • 36 Ritz Crackers, coarsely broken (about 1 3/4 cups crumbs)
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Grated peel of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

*Roll out half the pastry and line a 9-inch pie plate.  Pace cracker crumbs in prepared crust; set aside.

*Heat water, sugar and cream of tartar to a boil in saucepan over high heat; simmer for 15 minutes.  Add lemon juice and peel; cool.

*Pour syrup over cracker crumbs.  Dot with margariine or butter; sprinkle with cinnamon.  Roll out remaing pastry; place over pie.  Trim, seal and flute edges.  Slit top crust to allow steam to escape.

*Bake at 425 F for 30 to 35 minutes, or until crust is crisp and golden.  Cool completely.

Makes 10 servings

Prepartion Time:  45 minutes

Cook Time:  30 minutes

Cooling Time:  3 hours

Total Time:  4 hours and 15 minutes

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4 Responses to “True Confessions Part Two Mock Apple Pie”
  1. Mary Beth, Millie and Lisa (3 of your daughters!) says:

    Good morning Mom. I have told the girls about this pie and now we will have to make it. It was always one of my favorites. And it looks to me like you are becoming quite the researcher yourself. 🙂 I love you.

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