Hello, Heloise:

I was just wondering if you have the recipe for Mock Apple Pie. I am really anxious to try it but lost the recipe.

Tracy, via e-mail

I have a great recipe that was originally printed in my mother's column in 1959! This recipe uses regular saltine crackers, yet when you take a bite you will swear it's apples! We have tested this recipe, and it's pretty easy and quite yummy to boot.

MOCK APPLE PIE

Pastry for a double-crusted 9-inch pie (you can use a premade one)

2 cups water

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

20 whole soda crackers (regular, salted)

Butter (for dotting)

Ground cinnamon (for sprinkling)

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan with the pastry, or follow directions on premade crust.

Next, in a medium saucepan, boil the water, sugar and cream of tartar. Add the soda crackers and boil ONLY 1 minute. Spoon gently into the pie shell. Dot the top with butter and sprinkle on the cinnamon to taste. Cover the pie with the top crust and cut vents in it. Bake for 35 minutes. Let the pie cool completely before cutting so it can firm up.

Dear Heloise:

I was just reading your column today regarding what to do with leftover rice. My family uses leftover rice as a dessert. Put some in a small bowl and add some milk, cinnamon and sugar. Briefly heat it in the microwave, just so it's lukewarm. Enjoy. This is a shortcut version of a bread (rice) pudding.

Warm in Minnesota

This is a good way to use leftover white rice, but I'm not so sure about fried pork or Cajun rice!

Dear Heloise:

I wanted to have fried chicken, but don't you know, I was out of flour. I didn't want to go to the store, so I searched the pantry for a substitution. I came up with pancake mix. You know what? It was delicious! Give it a try sometime.

Melissa in Memphis

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