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Mock Apple Pie

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • Pastry 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


  • Place bottom pastry in a 9-in. pie plate. 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. Cut lattice strips from remaining pastry; place over filling. Seal and flute edges. Bake at 400° for 25-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 414 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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