Mock Apple Pie

  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 20 salted soda crackers
  • Pie crust for a double crust pie

Butter the soda crackers, put the buttered crackers in the saucepan, and break them up into fairly large pieces with a wooden spoon.Add the water, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cream of tartar.Give everything a good stir with your spoon and bring the mixture to a boil over medium to high heat on the stove top.Once the boil has been reached, turn down the heat and simmer for exactly two minutes.Set the saucepan aside on a cold burner.Divide your pie crust dough in half and roll out the bottom crust large enough to line an 8-inch pie plate.Pour the soda cracker picture into the lined pie plate and cover it with the top crust.Crimp the edges together.Cut a couple of slits in the top crust to let out the steam while the pie bakes.Bake the pie at 450F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top crust is nicely browned. Cool and serve. The filling sets better if you let it cool to room temperature.