Chemical Apple Pie (No Apple Apple Pie)

Chemical Apple Pie (No Apple Apple Pie)


"This is a recipe for apple pie made without apples. It has all the characteristics of an apple pie with apples. If you didn't know better, you'd think that there really were apples in it. This is an old chemistry lab experiment to teach the limits of human senses."


servings 456 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 456 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 20.9 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 64.9g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 355 mg
  • 14%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (225 degrees C).
  2. Roll out pastry and set aside. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  3. In a small bowl mix together sugar and cream of tartar. Add mixture to boiling water. Stir, then add crackers, one at a time. Boil for 3 minutes, but do not stir.
  4. Pour cracker mixture into pastry-lined pie pan. Sprinkle crackers with cinnamon and dot with butter or margarine. Cover with top pastry. Seal edges and cut steam vents in top.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until crust is golden brown. May need to cover top pastry partway through baking to prevent overbrowning.
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  1. 74 Ratings


The idea of mock apple pie repulsed me, but I had some leftover (stale) Ritz crackers from the Superbowl, so I thought I would give this a shot. I was really surprised. It does taste like apple ...

You know what they say...nothing gets in the way of a good apple pie like those pesky apples...

I laughed out loud after I took a bite of this - it's funny how good it tastes for what the ingredients are. The consistency (and flavor) of the filling is like watery applesauce. It's a fun thi...

This recipe was popular in the 20s,30s and 40s because apples were hard to come by and expensive. It's a great recipe and you would never know that the pie has no apples!

YUCK!! this pie turned out extremely watery, and tasted TERRIBLE!! it was way to sweet, and the boiled crackers with sugar was disgusting. It's also terribly unhealthy. It didn't fool my family....

This is a great recipe. My great grandfather made a mock apple pie, and my grandmother made it for us when I was young. I think it's more historical than anything else. People made this before t...

This recipe is awesome, esp for people with an apple allergy.

My first review ever on AllRecipes even though I've been on here for so long. My friend and I made this as part of our chemistry project ("The Chemistry of Baking") and everyone loved it. One of...

I fooled a lot of people with this recipe. I made this pie because it was cheap and easy. I needed to make 12 pies and found it easy to double the recipe and make 2 at a time. I added extra cinn...