Chemical Apple Pie (No Apple Apple Pie)

Chemical Apple Pie (No Apple Apple Pie)

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John Pile
Recipe by  John Pile

“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.”

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Original recipe yields 1 pie



  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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Bob's mom

Bob's mom

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 pie. I read previous reviews about this recipe being too watery, so I added a half of a tablespoon of minute tapioca to it (which I put in my regular apple pies). I also increased the number of crackers used to 30. Those changes gave the filling the texture of canned apple pie filling. I also believe that no apple pie is complete without some nutmeg, so I added 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. This recipe only got four stars because of the nutritional information. Regular apple pie is much more nutritious, has one third the sodium (132mg vs 366), and about 200 calories less a slice. (255 vs 456 calories a slice) Not to mention the fact that apple pie has apples in it - which have a lot more health benefits than Ritz crackers. Needless to say, although this recipe was really easy and it does taste like apple pie, I won't make it again simply because of the nutritional information.



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 thing to make - but I don't think I'll ever make it again. I mean, WHY would you make MOCK apple pie? Who do you serve it to? I just wanted to see if this recipe worked, and it did. If I were to make it again, here's what I'd change: Add about 5 to 10 more crackers - this filling is really watery. And maybe add some cornstarch as well - 1 Tablespoon or more? Otherwise it's a fun little recipe, but I'm sure your time in the kitchen is better spent on other things than making fake apple pie!

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 456 cal
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 20.9 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs
  • 64.9 g
  • 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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