Happy National Pie Day ! ! ! !
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A Brief History:
Origin of Pie: The history of the pie has roots going back all the way to ancient Egypt and Greece. Ancient 9500 B.C. Egyptians made a pie that included a honey filling that was encased in a crusty cake made from barley, oats, rye and other basic ingredients of those days. The ancient 5th century B.C. Greeks ate pie (known as Artocreas or Aristophanes) which was made with a savory type of sweetmeat served up in in an open pastry shell. The Romans may be the first to create a pie that included both a top and bottom crust.
United States Evolution: Pie came to across America with the first English settlers. The colonists cooked pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffins” based on the crust from England. As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but simply designed to hold the filling during baking.
Pie Throwing: In the early to mid 1900’s, comedies, vaudeville and other type of skits, and even The Three Stooges exercised a continual feature of pie throwing in the episodes. It was very comedic and entertaining to watch!
Favorite Types of Pies : Below you will see a vast array of pie flavors. One yummy variation after another.
Celebrated: January 23th every year! It was created on this day in 1986 to celebrate Crisco’s then 75th Anniversary, and celebrated every year thereafter!
A Few Facts:
I am sharing a few facts, and more, some trivia, some not trivial. . .
- Apple Pie
- Pot Pie
- Pecan Pie
- Key Lime Pie
- Cream Pie
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Peanut Butter Pie
- Cherry Pie
- Peach Cobbler
- Spaghetti Pie
- More. . .
- Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the pilgrim’s holiday table at Thanksgiving in 1623.
- Recently, approximately $700 million dollars in pie sales (roughly 186 million) are sold in the grocery stores per year.
- Pies were not always America’s favorite dessert. In the 19th Century, fruit pies were common as a breakfast food.
- Nearly 1 out of every 5 Americans prefer apple pie, followed by pumpkin.
- Boston cream pie is mislabelled. It is really officially a cake, not a pie.
- Nearly 1 out of every 5 Americans have eaten a whole pie by themselves at some point in their life.
- Kansas had it on their law books at one point in time making it illegal to serve ice cream on top of a cherry pie (ala mode)
- More than 1 out of 3 Americans have at one point in their life craved eating pie in the middle of the night.
- 90 percent of Americans agree that pie tops one of the list of pleasures.
People all over the world, including the U.S. enjoy their pie. You can have your cake and eat your pie, too!
Let’s give thanks and enjoy pie this great year, and in the years to come. . .
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Happy National Pie Day!