This is a recipe for apple pie made without apples. It has all the characteristics of an apple pie with apples. If you didn't know better, you'd think that there really were apples in it. This is an old chemistry lab experiment to teach the limits of human senses.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (225 degrees C).

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  • Roll out pastry and set aside. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.

  • In a small bowl mix together sugar and cream of tartar. Add mixture to boiling water. Stir, then add crackers, one at a time. Boil for 3 minutes, but do not stir.

  • Pour cracker mixture into pastry-lined pie pan. Sprinkle crackers with cinnamon and dot with butter or margarine. Cover with top pastry. Seal edges and cut steam vents in top.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until crust is golden brown. May need to cover top pastry partway through baking to prevent overbrowning.

Nutrition Facts

456 calories; 20.9 g total fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 355 mg sodium. 64.9 g carbohydrates; 3.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2006
The idea of mock apple pie repulsed me but I had some leftover (stale) Ritz crackers from the Superbowl so I thought I would give this a shot. I was really surprised. It does taste like apple pie. I read previous reviews about this recipe being too watery so I added a half of a tablespoon of minute tapioca to it (which I put in my regular apple pies). I also increased the number of crackers used to 30. Those changes gave the filling the texture of canned apple pie filling. I also believe that no apple pie is complete without some nutmeg so I added 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. This recipe only got four stars because of the nutritional information. Regular apple pie is much more nutritious has one third the sodium (132mg vs 366) and about 200 calories less a slice. (255 vs 456 calories a slice) Not to mention the fact that apple pie has apples in it - which have a lot more health benefits than Ritz crackers. Needless to say although this recipe was really easy and it does taste like apple pie I won't make it again simply because of the nutritional information. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/19/2006
You know what they say...nothing gets in the way of a good apple pie like those pesky apples... Read More
(113)
78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2006
The idea of mock apple pie repulsed me but I had some leftover (stale) Ritz crackers from the Superbowl so I thought I would give this a shot. I was really surprised. It does taste like apple pie. I read previous reviews about this recipe being too watery so I added a half of a tablespoon of minute tapioca to it (which I put in my regular apple pies). I also increased the number of crackers used to 30. Those changes gave the filling the texture of canned apple pie filling. I also believe that no apple pie is complete without some nutmeg so I added 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. This recipe only got four stars because of the nutritional information. Regular apple pie is much more nutritious has one third the sodium (132mg vs 366) and about 200 calories less a slice. (255 vs 456 calories a slice) Not to mention the fact that apple pie has apples in it - which have a lot more health benefits than Ritz crackers. Needless to say although this recipe was really easy and it does taste like apple pie I won't make it again simply because of the nutritional information. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2006
The idea of mock apple pie repulsed me but I had some leftover (stale) Ritz crackers from the Superbowl so I thought I would give this a shot. I was really surprised. It does taste like apple pie. I read previous reviews about this recipe being too watery so I added a half of a tablespoon of minute tapioca to it (which I put in my regular apple pies). I also increased the number of crackers used to 30. Those changes gave the filling the texture of canned apple pie filling. I also believe that no apple pie is complete without some nutmeg so I added 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. This recipe only got four stars because of the nutritional information. Regular apple pie is much more nutritious has one third the sodium (132mg vs 366) and about 200 calories less a slice. (255 vs 456 calories a slice) Not to mention the fact that apple pie has apples in it - which have a lot more health benefits than Ritz crackers. Needless to say although this recipe was really easy and it does taste like apple pie I won't make it again simply because of the nutritional information. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/19/2006
You know what they say...nothing gets in the way of a good apple pie like those pesky apples... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2004
I laughed out loud after I took a bite of this - it's funny how good it tastes for what the ingredients are. The consistency (and flavor) of the filling is like watery applesauce. It's a fun thing to make - but I don't think I'll ever make it again. I mean WHY would you make MOCK apple pie? Who do you serve it to? I just wanted to see if this recipe worked and it did. If I were to make it again here's what I'd change: Add about 5 to 10 more crackers - this filling is really watery. And maybe add some cornstarch as well - 1 Tablespoon or more? Otherwise it's a fun little recipe but I'm sure your time in the kitchen is better spent on other things than making fake apple pie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2007
This recipe was popular in the 20s 30s and 40s because apples were hard to come by and expensive. It's a great recipe and you would never know that the pie has no apples! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/14/2007
YUCK!! this pie turned out extremely watery and tasted TERRIBLE!! it was way to sweet and the boiled crackers with sugar was disgusting. It's also terribly unhealthy. It didn't fool my family. i will never make this again and adivse you not to. i prefer all-american APPLE pie over cracker pie any day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2005
This is a great recipe. My great grandfather made a mock apple pie and my grandmother made it for us when I was young. I think it's more historical than anything else. People made this before they had constant refrigeration and when apples weren't in season. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2006
My first review ever on AllRecipes even though I've been on here for so long. My friend and I made this as part of our chemistry project ("The Chemistry of Baking") and everyone loved it. One of my friends actually said it was the best apple pie he ever had- real or fake. I'm not sure if I'd go THAT far but was certainly tasty and fun to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2005
This recipe is awesome esp for people with an apple allergy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2006
I fooled a lot of people with this recipe. I made this pie because it was cheap and easy. I needed to make 12 pies and found it easy to double the recipe and make 2 at a time. I added extra cinnamon and I added nutmeg to the recipe! Everyone loved it and could not believe it did not have fruit of any kind in it! I would suggest a small sprinkle of pecans under the top layer to give it a little "crunch". Read More
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