Baking An Apple Pie With No Apples

Notice anything strange about the apple pie pictured here? If you noticed there were no apples at all, you are right. That because the picture comes from The Awl's recipe for an appleless apple pie that uses chemicals to trick your tastebuds. The most important ingredient? Cream of Tartar.

While you won't win any cooking contests with this recipe, you'll certainly be able to impress your chemist friends at your next dinner party.

Link Via BoingBoing

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If you read the article, you'll find that this "chemical apple pie" is also called "mock apple pie," it is much older than the Ritz box recipe, it was invented when apples were scarce and crackers were not, and popularized when WWII sent most apples overseas for the soldiers and what was left here was prohibitively expensive.

My daughter and I made this yesterday and we are astounded to say, it looked, slightly smelled, and tasted like apple pie. We shared it with everyone who were also amazed. Then we made a much better real apple pie. :)
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Miss C, I never really understood it either because apples are so cheap and available year round. But your comment reminded me that in reality, they are seasonal. Maybe this recipe was an option to make pies while the apples weren't growing.
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