National Pie Day
Pie is one of the oldest baked goods dating back to the ancient Egyptians. Throughout the ages, pie has been a beloved comfort food to enjoy in times of celebration or simply when family and friends gather around the table. So, it’s no surprise that in the United States, National Pie Day has become a long-standing holiday. This year, take some time to celebrate the past, present, and future of this tasty treat on January 23rd.
History of Pie
The history of pies is a long, complex one. Pies have been part of the culinary landscape since the Ancient Egyptians. Even in the Middle Ages, pies were a popular way to showcase exceptional baking skills. In fact, these culinary delights only became available to the common man as sugar prices decreased through the 15th century. Eventually, pies spread throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas, becoming a part of the culture in each region.
In the United States, pies have been around for centuries, but it was only in the late 19th century that they became popular among the masses. A few stories exist as to how National Pie Day was created. Some say the holiday was the brainchild of a Colorado housewife in the early 1930s while others believe it began in the 1970s with the American Pie Council.
No National Pie Day would be complete without exploring the vast varieties of pie we have available today. From sweet to savory, pies can be made using nearly any combination of ingredients. Whether you’re a fan of classic apple pies or prefer more experimental recipes, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Fruit pies are classic staples of American cuisine. Apple, cherry, blueberry, and peach pies can be found at nearly every summertime gathering. If you’re looking for something lighter, you can try a rhubarb-strawberry mix or a classic Key-Lime Pie. For a savory option, you can always turn to Shepherd’s or Pot Pies. The savory option of a Chicken Pot Pie can be an easy yet satisfying meal for the whole family.
Though pies have been around for centuries, over time, the fillings have become more experimental. Savory pies have made an appearance in recent years, with different regional spins on the classic dishes. Here in the United States, you can find all types of savory pies, such as Bacon Cheeseburger pies, Macaroni and Cheese Pies, and Tofu Curry Pies. Plus, sweet pies have gone beyond classic fillings to options like Biscoff Pie and Chocolate-Coffee Pie. With so many new recipes to explore, there are endless options when it comes to creating the perfect National Pie Day dish.
How to Celebrate National Pie Day
National Pie Day is a great opportunity to get creative in the kitchen, whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice. Even if you don’t have time to make a full pie from scratch, you can use a store-bought crust and still enjoy the spoils. Don’t forget to take the time to relax and savor a few slices of pie.
If you’d like to celebrate with friends, try hosting a pie-baking contest or a pie-tasting party. Invite your friends to bring over their favorite pie recipes and make sure each recipe is labeled for a fair taste test. Have participants vote for their favorite recipes and let the pies settle in during a game night – Trivial Pursuit anyone?
For those looking to extend their celebrations beyond the kitchen, consider attending a local pie festival or event. Not sure where to start? Check with your local bakery or look online to see if your city has its own events celebrating National Pie Day. Even if you’re not a baking enthusiast, there are plenty of ways to enjoy National Pie Day. Simply buy a store-bought pie or two, gather with friends, and happily eat slices as you share stories and memories over the perfect pie.
No matter how you choose to celebrate National Pie Day, take the opportunity to reflect on the history of pie and its delightful taste. With so many classic and modern recipes to explore, this January 23rd is the perfect day to indulge in a few slices of sweetness.