Apple Pie Day is 2 days a year! May 13th and December 3rd
Pie for breakfast! Apple pie is the pie that goes with everything and is good at anytime of day, a lot like chocolate cake. Celebrate the day by learning a bit about the apple pie and all the different ways you can make an apple pie - trust me there’s a lot.
During 1381 – 14th century pies weren’t sweet and sugary like they are today and the pastry (coffins) generally were not meant to be eaten. The coffins were meant to be used as containers. Sugar during the 14th century was available, but was very scarce and extremely expensive. By the 16th century sugar became more readily available and pastry (coffins) were meant to be eaten.
The early apple pie recipe comes by way of The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Forme of Cury, by Samuel Pegge. This cookbook was originally compiled about 1390 A.D. by the master cooks of King Richard II, presented afterwards to Queen Elizabeth by Edward Lord Stafford. According to historians, this is one of the first records of the modern apple pie.
A cookbook from the mid 16th century that also includes some account of domestic life, cookery and feasts in Tudor days, called A Proper newe Booke of Cokerye, has a recipe for an apple pie.
In 1620 – When the English colonists arrived in North America, they found only crab apples. Crab apple trees are the only native apples to the United States. European settlers arrived and brought with them their English customs and favorite fruits. In colonial times apples were called winter bananas or melt-in-the-mouth.
In the 1700s – Apple pudding and Marlborough pudding were very similar to apple pie, as they were also baked in a pastry crust. The only difference seems to be the addition of eggs, as both types were baked in a pastry lined pan covered with pastry (either a solid lid or a lattice-type lid). The 1796 cookbook called American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons had two recipes for apple pie and one recipe for Marlborough pudding,
Apple Pie a la Mode In the United States, pie a la mode refers to pie (usually apple pie) served with a scoop of ice cream (usually vanilla) on top.
In the 1890s – according to historians, professor Charles Watson Townsend often dined at the Cambridge Hotel and he always ordered ice cream with apple pie, coining the phrase a la mode. According to the American Pie Council, which is responsible for crowning the best pie in the nation, National Pie Day dates back to the mid-1970s.