It’s the age old question…Pie or Cake? Well for pie lovers, today is your day. The American Pie Council has declared January 23rd National Pie Day in the United States.
Pies have been around for centuries. The Greeks and Romans made some of the first pies in history. They filled pastry shells with different kinds of meat or seafood, flavored them with a variety of spices, and served them as part of the sweet course of the meal.
When the Pilgrims made their voyage to the New World in the late 1600s they arrived with English pie recipes for beef, lamb, duck, or pigeon. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that the first sweet pies emerged. These featured the ingredients we’re accustomed to today, and by the 1940s, pie had become the iconic American dessert. In fact the Farmer’s Almanac readers voted apple pie as “America’s Dessert”. Check out their 3 top award winning apple pie recipes.
Whether you prefer apple, berry, pumpkin, or sweet potato, bake your favorite pie recipe tonight in honor of National Pie Day!
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