Old-Fashioned Ritz Pie

With a crunchy, nutty filling in light sweet meringue, this old fashioned Ritz Pie is an easy, tasty dessert that’s perfect for the holidays! Ritz pie, cut and served

Every fall I experiment with a few new pies.  After all, Thanksgiving is coming.  And you can’t get ready too soon!  Not that experimenting with pies is a hardship for a true pie lover!

Of course, today my “new” pie is an old pie.  It’s one that my mother made when we were growing up-do you love recipe nostalgia too? 

Thanksgiving, in my family like many others, is a big undertaking!   The crowd is large and variety is expected.  And it’s not uncommon for a guest to try three different pieces of pie. 

So I’m happy to introduce this year’s newest contender!

Piece of Ritz Pie

What is Ritz Pie?

Ritz Pie is a pie made with Ritz Crackers!

While researching this post, I was surprised to learn that there are two different types. One is a meringue pie, like in this post.  And the other is a mock apple pie, which was created to deal with past apple shortages.

I decided to go with the meringue version since it matched to my childhood memories.  Plus I already have a superb recipe for (Betty Crocker) French Apple Pie–which is healthier since it has real apples!  Apples may have been scares at times in the past, but they are abundant today!

Meringue is a classic… anytime!

Ritz Pie

Why You’ll Love This!

Easy.  With a half dozen ingredients (plus optional garnish), this pie is basically nuts and Ritz crackers folded into meringue.  Never made a meringue?  Well, it’s not hard and if you’ve made whipped cream, you’ve got the skill set! 

Tasty.  Okay, I admit that I’m an unabashed meringue lover.  Just check out my meringue ghost cookies!  It’s light, crunchy, sweet and flavorful—how do you beat that!

Light. Now I’m not accusing anyone of overeating during the holidays (ahem).  But if you’ve already unbuttoned your pants and dessert hasn’t arrived, this is for you!  And truthfully, I admit to appreciating a light dessert all year round!

Ritz Pie Ingredients

What You’ll Need

Ingredient Notes

  • Egg whites. The eggs form the bulk of the meringue.
  • Baking powder. The baking soda in this serves as a substitute for the acid in cream of tartar, a more common egg beating aid.
  • Sugar. This sweetens and adds structure to the meringue.
  • Vanilla. This adds flavor to the meringue.
  • Ritz crackers. These add crunch, flavor and more structure.
  • Chopped pecans. These also add crunch, flavor and more structure.
  • Garnish: Whipped cream is important. Add additional nuts, apricot slices, etc if you’d like

Special Tools

  • A mixer (or strong arms) is needed to beat the eggs.

Step by Step Directions

Beat egg whites and baking powder until stiff peaks form.

Beat egg whites to stiff peaks

Blend in sugar and vanilla to complete the meringue.

Add sugar and vanilla

Crush crackers with a rolling pin on a silpat or waxed paper.  Or place into a plastic bag and pound. 

crush crackers

Mix with chopped nuts.  Fold cracker mixture carefully into the meringue, taking care to deflate as little as possible.

fold in

Pour into the prepared pie pan. 

pour in pan

Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees until pie loses its gloss and is dry on top. Cool completely.

To serve, cut into pieces and top with whipped cream and garnish of your choice.

ritz pie served

How to Serve

This makes a lovely after dinner dessert.  It is also light enough to work well at lunch or even on a brunch table!  How versatile is that!

I’m inclined to slice then top with a dollop of whipped cream, a pecan half and an apricot slice.  But you do you (except don’t skip the whipped cream)!

Variations

Sometimes people top the final pie with some grated chocolate.  Yum!

I just came back from London with Digestive biscuits (graham crackers in cookie form) topped with caramel.  I’m pretty sure some of these are going into another version of this!

Ritz Pie

Leftovers

This lasted a couple days wrapped on our counter.  And I think it was even better the second day! 

For the egg yolks left when you make this, might I suggest No Torch Creme Brulee.  But it the timing isn’t right, you can freeze egg yolks.  Just remember that they need to be beaten with either sugar (for a later sweet usage) or salt (for a savory recipe) first.  (Egg whites can be frozen as is, FYI)

For any leftover Ritz crackers, you can use them instead of soda crackers for a tasty “crack toffee” that’s all dressed up for the holidays!

Ritz Pie

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Ritz Pie

Ritz Pie

With a crunchy, nutty filling in light sweet meringue, this old fashioned Ritz Pie is an easy, tasty dessert that’s perfect for the holidays! 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon. vanilla
  • 20 Ritz crackers crushed
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped pecans
  • Garnish: Whipped Cream optioonal nuts, apricot slice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with non-stick spray.
  • Beat egg whites and baking powder until stiff peaks form. Blend in sugar and vanilla to complete the meringue.
  • Crush crackers with a rolling pin on a silpat or waxed paper. Or place into a plastic bag and pound. Mix with chopped nuts. Fold cracker mixture carefully into the meringue, taking care to deflate as little as possible.
  • Pour into the prepared pie pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees until pie loses its gloss and is dry on top. Cool completely.
  • To serve, cut into pieces and top with whipped cream and garnish of your choice.

8 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Ritz Pie

  1. Lisa

    Such a simple ingredient list yet it produces such a wonderful and delicious pie, not to mention holiday dessert table worthy!

  2. Marcelle

    Wow, this is the first time I’ve ever even heard of this vintage pie! I’ve definitely got to try it. What a fun treat this will be for the Thanksgiving dessert table!!

  3. Jolene

    They’re classics for a reason! I’ll take the drizzle of chocolate on my slice, please!

  4. Raymund

    5 stars
    Ohhh never heard of this pie but they certainly looks great. I think I will do some soon, looks straightforward and delicious.

  5. John / Kitchen Riffs

    I’ve never made a Ritz pie! And I know only the apple version — didn’t realize there was a meringue version. This looks quite interesting — may need to add Ritz crackers to my shopping list. 🙂 Thanks!

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