In the category of food-related things that annoy me, "mock" recipes are pretty close to the top of this list.
A recipe like this one for "mock apple pie" -- what is the point? I'm sorry, but what numbskull felt that crackers, simple syrup and lemon juice are an appropriate replacement for apples?
If I was invited to dinner and served "mock apple pie," I would bail -- tell the host I had a terrible headache. Would that be rude of me? Not nearly as rude as serving a phony apple pie to a guest.
Christ, it's enough to make Johnny Appleseed roll over in his grave.