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Mock Apple Pie

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min.

Makes

8 servings

My mother made this dessert often during the Depression, and our guests were always astounded that soda crackers could be such convincing 'apples'!—Shirley Hunter, St. Paul, Minnesota
Mock Apple Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • Dough for double-crust pie
  • 18 saltines, halved
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 half of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate.
  2. Layer crackers in shell; set aside. In a small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Carefully pour over crackers (filling will be very thin). Cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 1-in.-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom crust; flute edge. Bake until crust is golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Dough for double-crust pie
Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 519 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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