Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thirties Thursday

Welcome to the inaugural post of my new feature "Thirties Thursday".
I'm starting off with a recipe which had its origins in the '30s:
Ritz Mock Apple Pie


Pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie
36 RITZ Crackers, coarsely broken (about 1-3/4 cups crumbs)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. cream of tartar
Grated peel of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Roll out half of the pastry and place in 9-inch pie plate. Place cracker crumbs in crust; set aside.

MIX sugar and cream of tartar in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in 1-3/4 cups water until well blended. Bring to boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 15 minutes. Add lemon peel and juice; cool. Pour syrup over cracker crumbs. Dot with butter; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll out remaining pastry; place over pie. Trim; seal and flute edges. Slit top crust to allow steam to escape.

BAKE 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden. Cool completely.

10 servings

Prep time: 45 minutes


  1. Elspeth - Whoops - 'scuse me a minute while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard..... OK. What a great idea you've got for this series!! I am really looking forward to learning what you've gained from your '30's research. What a yummmmy start! I'm going to print out this post...if I don't chew through the computer screen first ;-)

  2. Margot; It's really good! Fool and amaze your guests - it's fun and sneaky at the same time. Thanks for telling me you like my idea for the new feature.

  3. I love this idea and can hardly wait to see all the comfort food like grandma used to make. I've heard of this pie before, but I don't think I've ever eaten it. If I have, I thought it WAS apple - LOL.

  4. Wow, apple pie without the apples. Amazing recipe. Thank you.


  5. Carol; I'm looking forward to where this new feature might take me - but I figure you can never go wrong with food!

    Clarissa; It really does taste like apples. Make it and see!

  6. Fantastic idea for a new series. Apple pie without apple!

  7. Love it! This looks sooo good...I can even see myself eating this for breakfast right now. :)

  8. I'm very hungry now... It looks delicious!

  9. I remember that recipe, but didn't realize it was even older than I am. It's amazing how good it is (but we probably shouldn't look at the nutritional statistics, should we?).


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