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Ritz Mock Apple Pie

The classic pie, featuring Ritz crackers baked in a golden crust, is perfect for the holidays.

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

1. Roll out half the pastry and line a 9-inch pie plate. Place cracker crumbs in prepared crust; set aside.

2. Heat water, sugar and cream of tartar to a boil in saucepan over high heat; simmer for 15 minutes. Add lemon juice and peel; cool.

3. Pour syrup over cracker crumbs. Dot with margarine or butter; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll out remaining pastry; place over pie. Trim, seal and flute edges. Slit top crust to allow steam to escape.

4. Bake at 425F (220C) F for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden. Cool completely.

Yield: Makes 10 servings

Nutritional information per serving: 413 calories, 3 g protein, 63 g carbohydrate, 17 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 339 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber.

Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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