While the original recipe used soda crackers, Ritz saw a fabulous marking opportunity. During the Great Depression in the early 1930’s, apples were very expensive at that time, so Ritz adapted the recipe to use its own brand of Ritz crackers. The recipe was found on the back of the cracker box. Mock Apple Pie became a favorite throughout the 30’s and 40’s.
So try the recipe and see if you can fool your family and friends too. Enjoy!!!!
"Mock Apple Pie"
36 Ritz crackers, broken in large pieces (about 1 3/4 cups crumbs)
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pastry for 2-crust pie
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line glass pie plate with bottom of crust of pastry. Place crumbled crackers in pie plate on top of lined pastry. Mix sugar and cream of tartar in saucepan. Gradually stir in water until completely combined. Bring to boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes, without stirring. Add lemon juice and lemon zest. Allow mixture to cool. Pour syrup over crackers. Dot with butter. Sprinkle with spices. Put top crust on and seal edges. Cut vents into top crust. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Tastes just like a real apple pie.
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