Mock Apple Pie

Recipe

No apples and you have to make a pie for Thanksgiving?  Or maybe you don’t have the time to chop up all those apples.  Apple pies are quite popular, but with this recipe you will be fooling everyone into thinking it is an apple pie, when there are none present whatsoever.  I got this neat recipe from Joanne Fluke’s mystery novel called Key Lime Pie Murder.  I suppose this pie is good for people like me, who actually don’t like apples in my pies!

Mock Apple Pie

You will need:
-20 salted soda crackers
-1/4 to 1/2 cup softened butter
-1 and 1/2 cups cold water
-1 and 1/2 cups white (granulated) sugar
-3 Tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best)
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-1 and 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

*Use your favorite piecrust recipe to make enough pastry for an eight-inch double crust pie.  If you are in a hurry, you can use two frozen pie shells—just thaw them and use one for the bottom and one for the top.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F., rack in the center position.
Butter the soda crackers, (I ended up using just a bit over a quarter-cup of butter to do this), put the buttered crackers in the saucepan, and break them up into fairly large pieces with a wooden spoon.
Add the water, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cream of tartar.  Give everything a good stir with your spoon and bring the mixture to a boil over medium to high heat on the stovetop.
Once the boil has been reached, turn down the heat and simmer for exactly two minutes.
Set the saucepan aside on a cold burner.
Divide your piecrust dough in half and roll out the bottom crust large enough to line an 8-inch pie plate.
Pour the soda cracker mixture into the lined pie plate and cover it with the top crust.  Crimp the edges together.  Cut a couple of slits in the top crust to let out the steam while the pie bakes.
Bake pie at 450 degrees F., for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top crust is nicely browned.
Cool and serve.

This pie is best with vanilla ice cream, but you can also eat it with cinnamon ice cream (where available).  You can also try it with a slice of sharp cheddar or sweetened whipped cream.  See how many people you can fool over the holidays and then observe their reaction when you tell them the truth!

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