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Zucchini Mock Apple Pie Recipe

This is how a lattice pie crust is supposed to look.  The remaining photos were taken by the author.

This is how a lattice pie crust is supposed to look. The remaining photos were taken by the author.

Are you inundated with zucchini? Does your garden keep producing?

Or do you find zucchini left secretly on your doorstep, obviously from a friend or neighbor that has simply had enough?

You are not alone! But please be thankful! You will love this Zucchini Mock Apple Pie recipe.

Did you know that there are approximately 20 calories in one cup of sliced zucchini? One cup of sliced apples has approximately 65 calories. Therefore, 8 cups of apples is 520 calories and 8 cups of zucchini is only 160 calories. Quite a big difference.

You’ll have fun with this recipe when your guests believe you made a delicious apple pie. After you tell them the truth, they will be amazed that there are absolutely no apples, just zucchini.

Let's get started.

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Okay, Tell The Truth!

Zucchini Mock Apple Pie Ingredients

  • 7-8 cups fresh, young zucchini, peeled, seeded and sliced like apples (Note: even using 6 cups of zucchini is fine too)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small 1/2 inch pieces
  • Pastry for a 2-crust pie (I use Pillsbury pie crusts found in the dairy section at my grocer)
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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

50 min

1 hour 20 min

8 Servings

Zucchini Mock Apple Pie Instructions

  1. Parboil the zucchini by dropping the prepared slices into boiling water and cooking for 2 minutes. Drain and cool. (see photo below)
  2. Using a medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the butter. Toss with the cooled zucchini to coat well.
  3. Roll out one pastry and place into the bottom of a glass 9-inch pie plate. Roll out the second pastry and cut into strips to make a lattice top to your pie.
  4. Pour zucchini mixture into the pie shell and spread evenly. Scatter small pieces of butter over top. (see photo below)
  5. Apply pastry strips to create a lattice crust. (see video below)
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (at first). Place pie in oven at this temperature for approximately 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees. Continue baking for approximately 35 minutes. Remove from oven when juices bubble up from the crust and the pastry is a golden brown.
  8. Cool and serve.
  9. Options: Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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How Would You Rate This Recipe Article ~ 5 Stars Being the Best!

Below are photos that will help guide you through this great recipe.

Brown sugar and white sugar.

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Source: Sharyn's Slant

Cinnamon, corn starch, salt & cream of tartar. Vinegar. Butter.

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Source: Sharyn's Slant

Zucchini and pie crusts.

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Source: Sharyn's Slant

Zucchini ~ 7-8 cups peeled, seeded and sliced.

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Source: Sharyn's Slant

Parboil zucchini for two minutes.

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Cool zucchini.

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Bottom pie crust. All ingredients except butter mixed and spread onto crust. Butter pieces scattered on top.

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Source: Sharyn's Slant

Really bad lattice work on top of pie. (It's okay if you laugh:)

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Source: Sharyn's Slant

Well, the pie tasted awesome but do not pay attention to my lattice work. Please watch the video below on how to make a proper lattice topping.

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Source: Sharyn's Slant

Another Recipe From Sharyn's Slant to Easily Use Up Some Zucchini

ZUPO GRIDDLE CAKES ~ Zucchini and Potato Pancakes Recipe


Interesting Facts about Zucchini

  • Zucchini plants have male and female flower blossoms. After the male blossoms open to release their pollen, they fall off the plant. Only the female blossoms can produce zucchini. And, the blossoms are edible!
  • The ideal size to pick zucchini is 8 inches long. It should feel firm when gently pressed. The heavier it is for its size, the better, because this means it is sufficiently moist.
  • When zucchini gets too large, it can taste bitter and become “woody.”
  • Zucchini is very low in calories and is packed with nutritional value.
  • There is a band called “The Zucchini Brothers” from New York that performs music for children.
  • Zucchini contains Vitamin C which is an antioxidant beneficial for asthma patients and those with cardiovascular diseases as well as various cancers.
  • There is more potassium in zucchini than in a banana.
  • Zucchini is known to help control high cholesterol.
  • Zucchini assists in keeping your bones strong and healthy because of its magnesium and phosphorus content.
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So, did you laugh at my lattice work?

It's okay, I sure did! But the good news is that the video below will show you how to properly make a woven lattice top as well as a simpler version, both of which look great and nothing like the crust on my Zucchini Mock Apple Pie.

But seriously, no matter how your pie crust turns out, I believe you will enjoy the overall awesome taste.

Thanks for stopping by!

This is Sharyn's Slant


This Excellent Video Shows How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust ~ Woven or a Simple Version (wish I watched it first :)

Comments

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 15, 2013:

Great LCDWriter! I hope you love it. Thanks for stopping by!

L C David from Florida on September 15, 2013:

This looks great! I am printing this out now to add to my list of recipes to try.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 31, 2013:

Hi Kathryn ~ well, I guess you'll have to make it :)

It's important that you use "young" zucchini and not large overgrown ones. It really does look and taste like apple pie. Thank you so much, always, for your wonderful feedback!

Sharyn

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on August 31, 2013:

This looks incredible and delicious! This is another great use of the zucchini that always seem to be abundant this time of year in the garden. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on August 31, 2013:

Voted up and across. I am really curious how this could possibly taste like apple pie! I am putting this on my list of things to try sometime.

I love that you gave us info on zucchinis, and the video on how to properly make a lattice crust. I don't think mine would come out any better than yours, although the taste is the most important thing!

I'm sharing this!

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

~ Kathryn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 03, 2013:

Hi Eddy and Diana ~ Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you do try this recipe and see if your friends can guess that it is actually zucchini.

Dianna Mendez on July 28, 2013:

It is that time of year when zucchini is abundant. Still, I will take any veggie given to me and make good use of it. Love this mock apple pie recipe. I can see how it would make it taste yummy.

Eiddwen from Wales on July 27, 2013:

Mmm a wonderful recipe and you have made e feel rather peckish now Sharyn. Voted up and saved.

Eddy.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 14, 2012:

Hi Stacy ~ Well, I still actually have a few more zucchini growing in my garden. They did really well this year but I was obsessively watering all summer. But the season is sadly coming to an end. I love zucchini bread too, it's one of my favorite things with coffee. But I'm sure you will love this pie. And if you have a hard time getting all the kids to eat vegetables, this is a great way and they may never even figure it out. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 14, 2012:

Hi 2patricias ~ Thank you so much for your great feedback. I really appreciate you adding this hub to your "recipe index." That's a great idea since it is very difficult to search the many recipes here on HP. Thank you also for the follow. Take care,

Sharyn

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on September 14, 2012:

Sadly, I don't know any neighbors or friends that are being overwhelmed with zucchini... I wish I did. Just the other day I had to go to the store and buy some zucchini for myself! (Sniff Sniff!)

This looks amazing. I am going to try this. I love zucchini (particularly the bread) but this seems like it would be a good treat! Awesome!

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on September 14, 2012:

The pie looks wonderful, and I like all the info you have added about zucchini.

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for Hubpages - and voting it up.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Anamika ~ thanks for your feedback, voting and pinning too. Did you try making this yet?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Cyndi ~ I think you can definitely impress your friends and family with this recipe. Thanks for liking my "signature" lattice work. Appreciate you coming by!

Sharyn

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on August 28, 2012:

Wow! You are awesome! I am a fan of apple pie and cannot tell the difference between the real and fake. Rated, Voted up and pinned!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 28, 2012:

Wow! This is soooo cool! I have to bookmark this and try to impress my friends and family with an ol' fashioned zucchini pie...that they think is apple pie. HEHEHE. Beautiful lattice you had. It's Sharyn Slant's Signature Zucchini Pie. MMMM.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 28, 2012:

Hi Kelley ~ thanks for saying my lattice work is beautiful, ha!!! And thanks for the votes and pins too. Let me know what you think when you try it.

Sharyn

kelleyward on August 28, 2012:

I think your lattice work is beautiful along with this idea. YUM! I can't wait to try it. Voted up, Pinned and given 5 Stars!!! Take care, Kelley

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 26, 2012:

Hi Brenda ~ I bet even your son helping with the lattice work, it looked beautiful! So glad to hear you made this pie recently and everyone loved it. It didn't surprise me to hear that because I know you are always looking for healthy alternatives. That is awesome! I appreciate your feedback, thank you!

Sharyn

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 26, 2012:

I did not laugh at your lattice work. Mine is usually with the help of my little boy and I. Since I am left handed and he right, between the two of us, lattice is interesting. Actually I made a zucchini pie this summer. They delicious and everyone loved it. Thanks for the great photos, recipe and fun Hub.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hi Debbie ~ Let me know what you think. Thanks so much for sharing on FB too, very much appreciated!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hi Tammy ~ It really does take over if you grow too many plants :) Your Mom's recipe to can zucchini with pineapple oil sounds awesome. What a clever idea. Thanks so much for your feedback and votes.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hello sujithbeta ~ You are welcome. Thank YOU for stopping by!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hi ignugent17 ~ I believe this great pie could easily convert you to a zucchini lover! Thanks for your votes and feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hey Mike ~ Thank you for the compliments. So glad you liked the video too - now that's the way to make a lattice crust! I'm glad I made you giggle too! Thanks for your votes and sharing this recipe!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hi Kelly ~ aw, so you thought my lattice work was pretty good? It is difficult and I made the mistake of making a criss-cross to start, duh! Thanks so much for your feedback. I hope you do try the pie and let me know what you think!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hi mvillecat ~ That's terrible that you lost the zucchini crops this year in Georgia. I was lucky with how much I got from five plants this year. I hope you do get to try this recipe next year. Thanks so much for sharing and your feedback!

Sharyn.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hi Patty ~ thanks for stopping by!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 25, 2012:

Hi Judi Bee ~ cool, I am glad you are going to try this recipe. Let me know what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on August 25, 2012:

this looks wonderful Now I know what ot do with all that Zucchini.. lol.. I will try it this weekend.. which should be soon since today is saturday and tomorrow is sunday.. oh wow I have to get busy..lol

I will share in cooking time on facebook

Debbie

Tammy from North Carolina on August 25, 2012:

Gorgeous and yummy. I love zucchini. When I was growing up we grew it in the garden and it really did take over the house. Instead of wasting it my mom canned it with a pineapple oil recipe and when you ate it, it tasted just like pineapple. This looks fabulous. 5 stars!!

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on August 25, 2012:

Looks delicious . Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe.

ignugent17 on August 25, 2012:

Hi Sharyn's Slant! I am not a fan zucchini but your pie looks so good maybe I will try this pie next time. Voted up and more.

Mike Pugh from New York City on August 25, 2012:

Lovely recipe Sharon, it was funny to read as well, and I like the cool Zucchini facts towards the end, nicely put together, and very well written.

That video is also very informative as well for making that cool pie crust, thanks for sharing this awesome hub with us all.

I will be sharing this with many others, and also with my wife, she may decide to use this recipe herself, because she loves baking as well. Cool beans! all Thumbs up and out!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 24, 2012:

Hey Sharon! This looks awesome and I thought the lattice work was pretty darn good! That is really hard to do - harder than it looks, right? lol

I am going to try this just so I can do some pie that looks like that - I know it is going to taste great!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 24, 2012:

Hello unknown spy ~ well, all you need to know is right here :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 24, 2012:

Hi moonlake ~ see, I knew you and your husband were talking about this and so I published the hub for you, ha. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you try the recipe.

Sharyn

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on August 24, 2012:

Here in Georgia, our zucchini has been destroyed by mildew due to the high humidity. I have plans for next year's crop to better manage it. I love great zucchini recipes. I voted up, shared on pin and twitter.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 24, 2012:

Hi Marcy ~ zucchini really is a "hidden gem." Although I have not tried yellow squash, I'm sure it would be similar too. Thank you so much for your great feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 24, 2012:

Hi Susan ~ Oh, I hope you can find the Pillsbury pie crusts where you live. They taste great and make things so much easier. I find mine in the dairy section near the rolls and "drop cookie" pouches. The frozen pie crusts will work too. I look forward to your feedback after you make it. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 24, 2012:

I think this is a delightful recipe!

Judi Brown from UK on August 24, 2012:

I'm going to try it - one of my colleagues makes a courgette (as we call zucchini) cake and it is delicious. Pinned it to come back to :)

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 24, 2012:

healthy and yummy recipe. wish i would learn how to make one.

moonlake from America on August 24, 2012:

My husband and I were just talking about this yesterday if there was a mock apple pie from zucchini. I guess there is and yours looks great. Voted Up.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on August 24, 2012:

Hi, Sharyn - you are so right about zucchini being a hidden gem. You can also use yellow squash in similar ways. Years ago, someone brought me a piece of 'apple' pie from yellow squash - it was delicious! Yum!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on August 24, 2012:

Well I'm going have to try this zucchini pie. I made a lattice pie crust once that came out looking not too bad. (Yours looks great by the way) I'm not sure that I've ever seen pie crust in a box like the one you have pictured. I'm going to have to look and see if I can find these here. We probably do have them. I know we have the fully formed ones in a box in the frozen section. I tend to not make pies because I hate making the pie crust.

Thanks for the recipe. I'll let you know how it goes.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hey Glimmer ~ that is a great idea. Definitely make this when your hubby is not around and tell him it's apple pie. You are going to get him to like zucchini yet! Thanks so much for your fun feedback!

Sharyn

Claudia Mitchell on August 23, 2012:

My husband refuses to eat zucchini. I may just make this when he is not around and try to fool him. Apple pie is his favorite so I'm not sure. Thanks for a useful and funny hub. ( I love non-perfect looking pies, they still taste just as good)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hello girishpuri ~ it's great to meet you. Thank you so much for your feedback and votes!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hey Dr. BJ ~ This recipe truly is a conversation piece. So you saw that carpenter I hired, ha? Yeah, he didn't have baking skills but . . .

Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hi Maria ~ well I am pleased to have made you laugh!!! I laughed too (after rolling my eyes a few times). If you love apple pie, you will definitely be surprised at how much you like this recipe. Let me know if you try it. I love when you stop by, thank you!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hi Stephanie ~ YAY! I have a believer before even trying the recipe. And yes, I have seen "apple cobbler" made with zucchini too and people have no idea that it is not apples. I'm so glad you stopped by. Great to see you.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hi Sherri ~ Yeah, it's unusual but really good. I'm glad you enjoyed this and hope you try it. Thanks for not laughing at my beautiful lattice work, ha.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hi Carol ~ Please do. You will see how much it is like apple pie. Thank you so much for your nice compliments.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hi Billy ~ No zucchini this year? It's actually one of the only things I care about planting. I was very pleased with my "crop" this year but I had to water constantly, still do. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 23, 2012:

Hi RTalloni ~ I do hope you try this and let me know how you like it. As far as the butter, I wouldn't add coconut oil instead. I would just leave it out. I'm sure it will be great without it. Thank you for not laughing at my "signature" crust. I would not have been upset if you did though. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharyn

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 23, 2012:

The recipe sounds awesome and delicious, great hub, voted useful.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 22, 2012:

What a treat, Sharyn. An apple pie made of zucchini and not apples. That's a genuine conversation piece as well as a delicious dessert. Thank you. But I must confess, the lattice appears to have been fashioned by a besotted carpenter. Just kidding.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on August 22, 2012:

I certainly laughed with a whole bunch of love at your lattice and voted you FUNNY and everything else for sharing your joy and your talents with us. Mine will be much more mal-aligned but hopefully just as tasty.

I love apple pie and zucchini, so this has to be a winner. Thanks for this creative recipe that promises to be wonderful. Love, Maria

Stephanie Henkel from USA on August 22, 2012:

I love this recipe! After making zucchini cobbler that tasted like apple cobbler, I do believe that this will taste much like apple pie! Thanks for all the interesting facts about zucchini!

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 22, 2012:

What a super presentation of an exceptionally, uh, unusual idea. I never would have thought of putting zucchini in a pie, let alone substituting something for apples and having an apple-tasting pie. I also enjoyed the zucchini facts.

I didn't laugh at your lattice-work, either. :)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 22, 2012:

I feel the need t0 make this pie because I cannot believe it will taste like apple pie..I take your word for it..However, I am fascinated. Lovely pictures and great instrutions. Voted UP.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 22, 2012:

There is no way I'm laughing at your lattice work because I know what mine would look like. :) Great recipe; we didn't plant zucchini this year, but this is a great recipe for next year when we do plant it and have it over-running our garden.

RTalloni on August 22, 2012:

What a fabulous apple pie! I hope to try this very soon, for I can easily use coconut oil to replace the butter.

No, I did not laugh at your lattice work--I think your pie crust is perfect for this faux apple pie. It could be it's signature, actually. :)

On top of all this good stuff, I now know more about Zucchini's uses and benefits than I thought were out there. Thanks!

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