Old-fashioned Lemon Apple Pie

Slice of Lemon Apple PieI love apple pies, but sometimes I get bored by the typical cinnamon-flavored pie, so when I saw a recipe for Lemon Apple Pie in a hundred-year-old cookbook, I decided to give it a try.

The pie was delightful – and nothing like any apple pie I’ve ever had before. Chopped apples are smothered in a tart lemony sauce.

Here’s the original recipe:

Recipe for Lemon Apple Pie
Source: Good Housekeeping’s Book of Recipes and Household Discoveries (1920)

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Lemon Apple Pie

  • Servings: 6 - 8
  • Difficulty: moderate
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2 cups chopped apples

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 egg beaten

juice and grated rind of 1 lemon

1/2 cup saltine crackers (about 12 crackers), rolled fine (I put the crackers in a plastic bag and crushed with a rolling pin.)

milk, sugar

pastry for a 2-crust, 9-inch pie

Heat oven to 425° F.  Put the sugar, water, egg, lemon juice, and lemon rind in a bowl; stir to combine. Add the crushed saltine crackers and chopped apples, stir. Turn into pastry-lined pie pan. Cover with top crust and flute edges. Brush crust with a small amount of milk; sprinkle with sugar.  Bake in oven for 10 minutes; then reduce heat to 350° F. Bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned and juice just begins to bubble.

http://www.ahundredyearsago.com

44 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Lemon Apple Pie

      1. It also reminded me of the Ritz cracker “Mock Apple Pie” made during the Great Depression. My grandmother helped me make one, and it certainly had an ‘apple-like’ flavor. Since these were crushed, that would render them in the thickener range, but still, it was an interesting connotation.

  1. I’m guessing saltine crackers are what we call Jacob’s crackers. That seems an unusual thickener. Do you think a spoonful of cornflour would work just as well? Yes, lemon and apple sounds good.

    1. It does seem unusual – though the crackers are made primarily of flour, so they probably are a substittue for it. Cornflour (Corn starch in the U.S.) probably could be substituted – though I have no idea how much would be needed.

        1. I’m thinking it might be more. The recipe called for adding 1/2 cup of water to the pie filling. This made quite a bit of liquid, so it probably would take quite a bit of corn starch to thicken.

  2. I first discovered how nicely lemons go with apples by means of a bread pudding recipe that included apples and lemon zest. Since then I went through a phase of putting lemon zest in my stewed apples before I smothered them with custard…. or was it the other way around? Maybe I put the lemon zest in the custard? In any case, it was lovely, and I wanted to do it again this year.

    But I’d never seen an apple pie with lemon, and I want to try this! Thank you.

    1. The crust turned out well – though I didn’t use a hundred-year-old recipe for it. I used my go-to pie pastry recipe – the one in the Betty Crocker Cookbook that I got at my bridal shower years ago.

  3. This looks great, I just made an apple cake but next time I’ll try this pie. Do you know I cannot “Like” your posts via my emails? I always want to but it will not take it!

    1. The pie is tasty. It’s strange how you can’t “like” my posts. Can you “like” posts that you get by email for other blogs? I’ll have to look at my blog settings and see if I can figure out how to fix this issue.

        1. hmm. . . I not sure exactly how to fix this. I went to the WordPress support page on likes and hoped to find out what I needed to change:
          https://wordpress.com/support/likes/#turn-likes-on-off-across-your-site

          On that page it says:
          “When you make a change to whether Likes show or not, this applies to new posts only. In addition, the Like button will still appear in readers’ toolbars and in the WordPress.com reader. It will also show in notification emails (for sites without plugins only.)”

          Maybe that explains why you can’t do likes – though I still haven’t figured out how to change the needed settings.

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