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Mock Apple Pie With Saltine Crackers ##BEST##

My trip down into the history of mock apple pie was not planned. Sometimes during my research and planning, I come across recipes that for whatever reason stick in my mind. Mock apple pie was one of them. I randomly found it while flipping through one of my recipe boxes. I gave it a quick glanced, put it back yet kept thinking about it. So I typed it in to see if it was worth a post and went deep into the rabbit hole. You will find that happens a lot with me.

Mock Apple Pie With Saltine Crackers

I will admit I never heard of mock apple pie until I was well in my adult hood. I grew up in Connecticut where there is an apple picking season and so apple pie was a big part of that. I actually have more memories of Thanksgivings with apple pie versus the more traditional pumpkin pie. Plus my mother is very particular in the way certain things need to be made and apple pie is one of them. She definitely would have scoffed at any recipe that does not use apples. I was skeptical how this would turn out as I have eaten A LOT of apple pie in my day and was not sure how it would compare.

What ingredients are in mock apple pie?The recipe has everything that is in an apple pie but instead, the apples are replaced by crackers whether of the Ritz variety or saltine/soda crackers. The other ingredients include lemon, sugar, cinnamon, and water. When baked it has the look and taste that resembles an apple pie. The early versions of this recipe would sometimes use stale bread or bread crumbs.

The more modern Ritz cracker version came about in the 1930s. Nabisco was obviously not the creator but definitely played a huge part in the popularity of mock apple pie. The buttery cracker rounds appeared on the market in 1934 and they were an instant hit. By 1935, the National Biscuit Company (or Nabisco) had sole 5 billion units of crackers. Shortly thereafter, the recipe for mock apple pie appeared on the back of the boxes. The recipe came at the perfect time due to apples being expensive during the Great Depression.

Tip: Try crackers apple pie for more results.Results 1 - 5 of 5 for saltine crackers apple pie1. MOCK "APPLE" PIEBring above ingredients to a boil; add 20 saltine crackers (or Ritz crackers) and cook ... into an uncooked pie shell. Top mixture with a ... degrees until golden brown.Ingredients: 6 (cinnamon .. crackers .. nutmeg .. tartar ...)2. MOCK APPLE PIELine 8 inch pie pan with pastry. Break crackers into pan. Combine sugar, cream ... prick top!). Bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool.Ingredients: 11 (allspice .. cinnamon .. crackers .. juice .. nutmeg ...)3. MOCK APPLE PIEBring to boil, sugar, water, ... cinnamon. Make 2 pie crusts, unbaked. Place broken crackers (don't crumble) in crust. Pour ... white and add raisins.Ingredients: 6 (cinnamon .. crackers .. sugar .. tartar ...)4. APPLE PIE (WITHOUT)Put all ingredients in saucepan except crackers. Bring to a boil, ... minutes. Pour into unbaked pie crust and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.Ingredients: 7 (cinnamon .. crackers .. crust .. sugar .. tartar ...)5. MOCK APPLE PIEBreak crackers in quarters onto pie crust. Mix all other ingredients together and turn over crackers. Put on top crust. Bake 400 degrees 30 minutes.Ingredients: 8 (cinnamon .. crust .. juice .. nutmeg .. saltines ...) RECIPE PULSE TRENDING NOWJELLO POPSICLEGRILLED SWORDFISHSWEET CORN CAKE7 LAYER COOKIE BARSRAINBOW CAKEOLIVE OIL SALAD DRESSINGTOP ROUND STEAKTOFU MARINADECOOKING WILD RICEVODKA PUNCHMICROWAVE CRAB DIPMICROWAVE RHUBARB STRAWBERRYASPARAGUS QUICHEPEANUT BUTTER HAMBURGERCABBAGE CASSEROLEOLD FASHIONED STEWED CORNAPPLE PASTRIESMASHED POTATO CASSEROLE PORKSOUFFL ICINGDIY BREAD NEW RECIPES READER SUBMITTEDASPARAGUS CRACKER SPREADHANK'S BBQ SAUCEHEALTHY BAGEL SANDWICHDAYA'S BEST SPAGHETTI SAUCESIMPLE MEATLOAF (HEALTH CONSCIOUS)PEGGY'S CHICKEN POT PIECHIP'S HOT WINGSDAD'S FAVORITE APPLE MUFFINSSee your recipe here...More new recipes... Top of page

According to Bettye B. Burkhalter in Raised on Old-Time Country Cooking: A Companion to the Trilogy, during the Civil War, Margaret Hunter of Goshen Hill, South Carolina sent her recipe for Mock Apple Pie to her brother, James, in Attalaville, Mississippi. In some parts, such pies were not even called mock apple pie, but instead cracker pie or soda cracker pie.

Ironically, many of us growing up in the 1960s or 1970s had moms that would sometimes make mock apple pie from the back-of-the-box Ritz recipe, during a time when a box of Ritz crackers was already more expensive, pound for pound, than apples!

*** SHARING/REPUBLISHING ***On SOCIAL MEDIA, share LINKS ONLY, do not copy and paste. Content other than actual recipes on this site is copyrighted material. DO NOT publish, or reproduce this original content anywhere, in any manner, without express written permission. Follow Me!facebooktwitterinstagrampinterest Jump to RecipePrint RecipeGrowing up as a kid of the 60s and 70s, seeing Mom make mock apple pie was always a little confusing but rewarding when that warm slice of pie hit the plate (and a forkful hit my tongue!). A Depression Era staple, it was then popular among cooks as apples were often in short supply or un-affordable.

No longer more economical than buying real apples, this pie is best served up for memories, good times, and a touch of nostalgia with the ones you love. This version is the original Ritz recipe and is for a double-crusted pie or the option for a crumb topping.

This is a recipe from Ritz crackers. The crackers are what makes up these apples. This pie is made just like an apple pie, with the exception of the apples. A sweet syrup is made and the crackers are seasoned just like you would an apple pie.

My husband has been going on and on about wanting a homade apple pie. So i called my mom up and started asking for her recipe, I was completely shocked when she told me about Rits mock apple pie. Can not wait to make it and let my husband try it. Im not even going to tell him what it actually is until he says somthing. What a suprise for everybody! ? will update when i make it.

NOTE: You might want to play around a little with the consistency. Next time I will pulse my crackers and sugar a little longer and add the butter while the crumbs are still in the food processor. This crust would also work well in a springform or tart pan. Enjoy!

I found the classic recipe but it seemed to be lacking a bit so I added more crackers (to make a fuller pie), and amped up the flavor with the addition of vanilla, a little bit of butter, more lemon juice, and the spices I would normally use in an apple pie. I also changed up the assembly of the pie, letting the crackers soak in the syrup a bit before adding the filling to the pie crust to keep it from becoming soggy. After all of that, I held my breath while it baked, hoping that my home economics degree would pay off.

Crush finely with a rolling pin, one-half dozen large soda crackers; put it into a bowl and pour upon it one teacupful of cold water; add one teacupful of fine white sugar, the juice and pulp of one lemon, half a lemon rind grated and a little nutmeg.

Roll the crackers; pare, core and chop the apples, melt the butter, and mix all, using cider to make sufficiently moist, and if the cider is not quite tart, add 1 or 2 tablespoonfuls of vinegar, with sugar enough to give the requisite sweetness, which each must judge for himself, as tastes vary so much.

Clam Casserole: Crush 24 saltines and combine with 2 (8-ounce) cans chopped or minced clams with all the juice, 2 beaten eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk and 1/4 cup melted butter. Put into casserole and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Not so. According to, imitation apple pies made with soda crackers were the pride of thrifty 19th century American cooks to whom apples were seldom available, or were prohibitively expensive.

Dear Readers: Here's a recipe for Mock Apple Pie that uses crackers instead of apples! My mother first printed this recipe in 1959, and I have reprinted it occasionally through the years. So, here's your chance to give it a try, and don't tell anyone the ingredients until he or she is done eating a piece.

Combine sugar, water, and cream of tartar and boil 5 minutes. Add to sugar mixture Ritz crackers, crumbled and cinnamon. Cook 2 minutes longer. Bake in a two crust pie at 425 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or cream and sugar if desired. Filling for 2 pies. [emphasis added]

Quick and easy zucchini mock apple pie replaces apples with economical zucchini, but your taste buds will never know! It's a low-fuss, delicious, and adaptable (gluten-free, sugar-free, etc.) summer dessert for BBQs, potlucks, and picnics!

Mock apple pie recipes are designed to taste like apple pie but with no apples. Before refrigeration, these pies (also called 'desperation pies') helped consumers to enjoy certain types of pies year-round, even out of season. At that time, green tomatoes and saltine crackers were often used to create the mock apple pie flavor.

Nowadays, there are popular recipes for mock apple pies with Ritz crackers, which provide the taste and mouthfeel of an apple pie, though without much nutritional value. However, for this zucchini mock apple pie recipe (zapple pie) we're relying on, you guessed it, zucchini to make up the 'apple' filling. It's crisp, turns tender when cooked, neutral in flavor, and nutritious to boot.

During summer, this appleless apple pie is a great way to use up a glut of garden zucchini (along with these blueberry zucchini muffins). And all you need is a handful of simple and inexpensive pantry staples to transform it into your mock 'apples.' Once flavored and baked, no one will ever know it's made from zucchini!

While another popular iteration uses zucchini, and rare versions will turn up with things like potatoes or cottage cheese, the classic American mock apple pie is made with crackers doused in a tart, cinnamon-touched sugar syrup. And when Ritz crackers are used, as they so frequently are, the buttery touch turns the effect into something similar to the flavor and texture of apple pie filling.


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