With Halloween coming in just a few days, you’re probably still trying to come up with food ideas to have for those you may be entertaining this weekend. If you’ve about run out of ideas, I have an idea for a treat that you will really “trick” your friends with! Many years ago, Ritz crackers developed a recipe that literally tricked everyone who ate it. “Mock Apple Pie” stunned many people when they tasted this interesting combination of the crackers, and a syrup made of sugar, water, lemon juice and a few other ingredients that were baked into a pie. It fooled everyone when they discovered that they weren’t actually eating an apple pie, though the flavor certainly tasted like it! This recipe goes way,way back and when I tried the recipe myself, I was amazed that it didn’t have a single apple in it, but still tasted like it!
Though we know apples are good for us, you may have a time when you would like to make an apple pie, but don’t have any apples on hand. If you have some Ritz crackers and a few basic ingredients, you’re all set to make this interesting dessert! First, you will need pastry to line and top a 9-inch pie pan. You then break Ritz crackers and place in the pie shell. In a saucepan, you combine sugar, water, cream of tartar. This boils gently for 15 minutes. Then, you add the rind and juice of a lemon. This is poured over the crackers in the shell. This is dotted with some butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. Then, the top crust goes over it all. It then bakes at 425 degrees for 35 minutes. After it’s cooled to warm, it’s ready to be served with a slice of cheese, if you choose. Then, sit back and wait for the reaction from those who eat it!
There are several varieties of Ritz crackers on the market now, so I would advise using the regular Ritz crackers to get the full effect of the taste of the pie. I’m not sure how well the other varieties would perform in this recipe, so I would play it safe and go with the regular. That way, there’s no doubts about it turning out well!
While I’m on the subject of recipes to trick folks, I gave a recipe sometime ago for “Faux Toffee”, a candy-like confection that is much like toffee candy, though it uses saltine crackers! There is also a recipe in that same article for “Saltine Cookies”, which are surprisingly good, too! To get these recipe, follow the embedded link. Make this along with the pie and you’ll have some surprising desserts for Halloween entertaining!
Play some tricks on your friends and try this pie….just don’t let anyone know right away that there aren’t any apples in it!
MOCK APPLE PIE
- 1 recipe of 2-crust pastry dough
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- juice and rind of 1 lemon
- 36 Ritz crackers
- butter or margarine
- ground cinnamon
Have the bottom crust of the pie in a 9-inch pie plate. Break the crackers coarsely into the pastry-lined plate. Combine sugar, water and cream of tartar in a saucepan. Boil gently for 15 minutes. Add the lemon juice and rind. Cool. Pour syrup over the crackers, dot generously with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover with the top crust. Trim and flute edges together. Cut slits in top crust to let steam escape. Bake in a hot 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, until crust is crisp and golden. Serve warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.