According to the American Pie Council(A.P.C.). Yes, there really IS a "council" on pie! Anyway, according to the A.P.C., January 23rd is National Pie Day.
National "Pie" Day? What is that? Well apparently it has quite a bit of people busy! There are National Pie Day sales. Carrows Restaurant and Coco's Bakery in California devote a whole week to National Pie Day. In Dubois, ID stop by the Clark County District Library and feed your mind and your tummy. They are handing out slices of pie as well as information about this delicious slice of history. If you are in Rockland, Maine don't forget the "Pies on Parade". No this is not an actual Pie Parade, it is actually a tour of historic Inns with delicious pie to warm you up at each stop. Why even down here in Texas you can attend a "Pie Social" in you are in the Austin area.
I am sure you are all familiar with the term "As American As Apple Pie," but is pie actually an American invention? The answer is no.
Pie actually originated with the Ancient Egyptians. Of course back then the outside was merely a vessel in which to cook and hold the filling. Not actually to be eaten. Of course the Greeks liked the idea and took home to their country, and then the Romans too decided it was a great idea.
It wasn't until around the 12th century that Pyes (or pies as we know them) becan to have an edible crust. This crust was referred to as a "coffyn" and were more on the savory side. What filling there was in them was generally meat or poultry. English history actually credits Queen Elizabeth I with the first "fruit" pie. It was cherry.
We can credit "American Pie" to the early English settlers. They brought their pies to America. Over the years it has evolved into the delicious treat that we know today.
So break out your mixer and your pie pans. Pre-heat your ovens and enjoy a slice of history today on National Pie Day!
Happy National Pie Day!Denise (aka littlesnowflakes)