Tuesday, May 13, 2014

just for fun - Today is National Apple Pie Day!

Yes, today is National Apple Pie day and what could possibly be a tastier day to celebrate??!!!  On this yummie day, I thought I'd share some apple pie history and apple pie facts with you. Did you know . . .
  • Apple pie wasn't even invented in the U.S. Rather it was invented in Europe sometime during the 14th century. 
  • The first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in the recipe included apples, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn (a casing of pastry).
  • Dutch apple pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes except they included a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition—apple pie à la mode—was eventually brought to America where most people continue to enjoy their apple pie topped with ice cream.
  • Tradition says Yale College served apple pie at every supper for more than 100 years
  • There is an old saying: ‘Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.’
  • Americas favorite dessert, so much so some things are said to be as American as apple pie.
  • McDonald’s added an apple pie dessert to its menu in 1968.
  •  Americans became so fond of apple pie there are actually “mock apple pie” recipes from eras during our history when fresh fruit wasn’t always readily available; like one using Ritz crackers and dating back to the Great Depression.
  • In 1902, A newspaper published an article which declared “No pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished.”
  • Writings tell us during World War II, when journalists asked American soldiers why they were going to war, their reply was: “for Mom and apple pie”.
  • In 1970, advertisers used the patriotic connection with a commercial jingle, "baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet”.
  • There is a community in New Mexico named, Pie Town, which was named in honor of the apple pie.
Last Monday I wrote about how my grandsons made apple pies to give their teachers at the Wednesday night club at my church and shared the recipe . . . this is my favorite recipe for making apple pie and you will find it at this link.

So, what is your favorite apple pie recipe? Do you like it with crust on the top or with a crumble top?

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