Chemical apple pie

by Stephanie Chasteen on November 28, 2009

A tip of the apron to Elnore Grow for this one:

CHEMICAL APPLE PIE  (No apples but tastes like Apple Pie)
Yield 1 pie

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie ( I buy this already done)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar (important as it gives it the acidic flavor)
  • 25+ buttery round crackers (Ritz works well)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
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. Boil for a couple of minutes  (I actually do this at home and bring in a jar ready to pour over the crackers)
4.  Break up crackers into 1/4s or smaller and place in pie crust.  It should be pretty full.
5.  Pour sugar solution over the crackers and make sure all crackers get moist.
6.   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.
The students are usually pretty doubtful about how it will taste.  I serve it with some ice cream or whipped cream and they love it and ask for more. Because one pie does not give each student (if you 25 or more) a very large piece, you may want to have extra pies done ahead of time. Sometimes I do this the last day of school instead of Thanksgiving.


Captain Skellett November 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Weird! I love recipes which are done in a scientific style, I think this one could be written a bit more like Materials and Method to make it a bit more sciencey. My favourite science style recipe was by The Chem Blog, Nacho Average Cheesecake (so long as you don’t mind a bit of swearing.)

Backin15 December 3, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I will be trying this. I have an Autistic child and in many cases Apples have an adverse effect on him. He wants to know what apple pie tastes like and now, thanks to you, he will. *huge smile*

Thank you.

uma ley October 15, 2010 at 4:59 am

no apple? yet tastes like apple? this is definitely not my type!!!

kcl December 15, 2010 at 8:18 am

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