I made this when I was a kid and my recollection is that it does indeed resemble apples. It was probably reworked by the Ritz people from a traditional recipe which used plain crackers and vinegar (as the acid), instead of the Ritz and lemon juice/cream of tartar. Oh go ahead and make it; all your friends will want to try it and at the very least it is edible!
MOCK APPLE PIE
(From: Ritz cracker box)
---Pastry for a 2-crust 9" pie---
1 stack pack Ritz Crackers
2 c water
2 c sugar
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 tbsp lemon juice
grated rind of one lemon
butter or margarine
Roll out bottom crust and fit into pie pan. Break Ritz crackers coarsely into pastry-lined plate. Combine water, sugar and cream of tartar in sauce-pan; boil gently for 15 min. Add lemon juice and rind. Cool. Pour syrup over crackers, dot generously with butter or margarine and sprinkle with cinnamon. cover w/top crust. Trim and flute edges together. Cut slits in top crust to let steam escape. Bake in a hot oven (425F) 30-35 min, until crust is crisp and golden. Serve warm. Makes 6-8 servings.
Updated: April 5, 1996
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