poetry and prose about place

apple pie, no apples

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apple pie, no apples


apple pie, no apples


fooled a lot of people –

aunts with PhDs

friends from school

my father


now I lift the crust

from every slice of apple pie

look for evidence –

pin-holes, punched by a machine


the recipe, simple as substitution

pie crust



a shot of lemon, flour to thicken

cream of tartar (to fool taste buds)

a generous dusting

of cinnamon



a stack of soda crackers

snapped in two (hand-broken facsimile

of apple)


no one ever seemed to notice

the pin-holes, punched by a machine



Published as ‘apple pie, no apples’, Canadian Stories  17 (95), February/March 2014

For a recipe for Mock Apple Pie, see

Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

March 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

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  1. I’ve never heard of mock apple pie before!


    Barbara Rodgers

    March 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    • Hi Barbara. My Mom used to make mock cherry pie as well – raisins and cranberries. Jane


      jane tims

      March 7, 2014 at 8:09 am

  2. Simple as substitution – three words that say so much. A simple little subject for a thought-evoking poem. I hadn’t heard of soda crackers – so much easier to come by than Ritz Crackers. Sounds like one of those recipes where everything you need is always on hand. Perfect.



    March 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    • Hi. I’ve seen Ritz crackers as an ingredient as well. Substitution – we do it all the time without thinking. Jane


      jane tims

      March 7, 2014 at 8:08 am

  3. It is true believe it or not. Mom used to make this for us and I really am not sure you could tell by taste. I could never repeat this recipe and none believes me anyway when I tell them about how good it was as kids. But recall that in those days fresh apples out of season were rare. So this provided an apple pie, not based on cost but availability of produce.



    March 5, 2014 at 11:21 am

    • Hi. This was the recipe Dad entered in the high school cookbook, which is why I still have it. Try making it, but be sure to use something weird for the pie crust!!! Jane


      jane tims

      March 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

  4. Lovely poem, spare, funny and memory laden. Thanks for sharing. i do love to read your poetry.


    Carol Steel

    March 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

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