Mock Apple Pie is a recipe that has been sitting in my recipe box for a long time. This recipe was one that was in my Grandmother’s collection. I don’t know why I put making this pie off for so long. It was right up my alley, it is a fun recipe, it has “unusual” ingredients, but it tastes amazing like apple pie. So you might be asking yourself why in the world is this called, “mock apple pie”, well it has no apples in it. This is a recipe from Ritz crackers. Ritz crackers are what makes up these apples. This pie is made just like an apple pie, with the exception of the apple pie. A sweet syrup is made, and the crackers are seasoned just like you would an apple pie.
I had more fun with this recipe when I brought this to work, as everyone thought this was apple pie. I set it out on the counter where all food goes, and as people got a slice of pie, I asked them what type of pie is that most everyone said apple pie. I told them no, it wasn’t apple pie. Everyone looked surprised when I told them it was Ritz crackers. Then I got asked for the recipe. So, this isn’t my original recipe; this is a recipe that I believe was shared on the back of many boxes of Ritz crackers. I hope you enjoy this pie, it is easy to make, and it tastes excellent.
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Mock Apple Pie
You can fool everyone with this Ritz Cracker Pie, it really does taste just like apple pie.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 unbaked pie shells or 1 package of refrigerated pie crust dough
- 40 Ritz Crackers
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons butter cut into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium-sized saucepan combine water, sugar, and cream of tartar bring to a boil. Once the syrup begins to add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir lemon juice and zest into syrup in the mixture, reduce heat to low, and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, after 15 minutes allow syrup to cool.
Place one pie crust in a pie pan, and then break crackers into the pie shell. Pour syrup over the crackers. Sprinkle cinnamon over crackers, and sprinkle over nutmeg over the crackers. Place the butter pieces on top of the crackers.
Top with pie shell with remaining pie crust. Pinch together crusts and then trim off excess pie shell. Make a couple of slits in the top of the pie so the steam can escape while cooking. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the pie crust is golden brown.