was May 13th.
How did I miss this????
Who makes apple pie in MAY??????
There’s rhubarb and blueberries and strawberries…..but apples…
Not still and not yet.
Now, if were
National Mock Apple Pie Day
I could get behind that. A little pastry practice for all the lovely real fruits that are just ahead.
Ritz Cracker did not invent the mock apple pie….but it certainly popularized it.
When there are no apples people still wanted apple pie. Dried apples were the thing that used to extend the season. After the fresh apples, the dried apple. After the dried apple, the crackers….and then Spring and Summer fruits until the new apples.
Here’s an earlier then Ritz version:
A CALIFORNIA PIONEER APPLEPIE-1852
Mrs. B. C. Whiting.
Break four soda crackers into an earthen bowl. Pour
over them a pint of cold water, made very tart with citric
acid. When soft, but not mashed, removed the soda crackers
to your pie plate, with the under crust already on; then sift
over two tablespoons of light brown sugar, and a little all-
spice and cinnamon to flavor. (The brown sugar and spice
give the requisite color), after which put on a prettily per-
forated top crust, and bake in a very quick oven a few
The deception was most complete and readily accepted.
Apples at this early date were a dollar a pound, and we
young people all craved a piece of mother’s applepie to
appease our homesick feelings.
Here’s what used to be on the back of the Ritz box:
I have made this pie. More than once. The first time I made it, there was a certain amount of disbelief. So, I made it a second time (in the same 24 hours) – with witnesses.
Which also happened the second time I made it…..and I have made it since then, too. Because sometimes crackers are better then apples.
.It’s still a little hard to believe how much like apple pie it tastes. And looks. And smells.
Is it the cinnamon?
Or is it just how bland so many of our apples have gotten that they taste like crackers?
Part of the ruse is science.
Part is that your eyes and nose believe, and then convince your brain.
And it’s really, really good – if ironic – with cheddar cheese
Just like Real Apple Pie.