Homemade Pie Day is held every year on August 1. It’s a day to celebrate pie, a dish that has existed since the era of the ancient Egyptians. Pies have featured in one form or another in several cultures around the world, from the ancient Greeks to the Romans to the British and eventually, the Americans. Today, pie has become a symbol of American life. It can be eaten as a meal, as a dessert, or as a snack.
History of Homemade Pie Day
The ancient Egyptians are the earliest-known civilization to have had a pie dish. It typically consisted of a crust made from wheat, oats, rye, or barley and filled with honey. The ancient Greeks and Romans also had pastries similar to the modern-day pie. For instance, the Romans often coated meat with a pastry made out of flour, oil, and water. However, this dough was only intended to preserve the meat and not eaten as a meal. A Roman cookbook entitled “Apicius,” dating back to the first century was discovered to contain recipes similar to pie cases.
In Great Britain, pies were often referred to as ‘coffyns.’ They were mainly used as a covering to preserve meat, especially on long sea voyages as fresh meat could not be obtained. During medieval times, these pies became more elaborate as cooks tried to outdo each other in presentation. At grand banquets, pies were often the centerpiece of the food table as the pie cases were removed to reveal the delicious fillings underneath. Sometimes, live actors or musicians were hidden inside pies to burst out as a surprise.
Until the 15th century, pies usually only contained meat or fish, but they soon included fruits and custard. It is reported that the very first cherry pie was baked for Queen Elizabeth I during the 16th century. As English settlers arrived in America, pies came along with them. Early versions often had thick, heavy crusts of rough flour and suet. Pies soon became a trademark American dish and today are heavily associated with traditional American life. When soldiers were asked why they were going off to war during World War II, they replied, “For mom and apple pie.”
Homemade Pie Day timeline
“Apicius,” an ancient Roman cookbook, includes pie recipes.
The first written reference to ‘pie’ is included in the Oxford English Dictionary.
The first cherry pie is baked for Queen Elizabeth I.
An article in “The New York Times” states, “Pie is the food of the heroic.”
Homemade Pie Day FAQs
How long do pies keep?
Depending on what type of pie it is, a pie can last between two days to one week.
What’s the best way to reheat a pie?
Preheat your oven to 350°F, place your pie on a baking sheet and lightly cover with foil, then allow to heat for the next 15 to 20 minutes.
Can pie be refrigerated?
According to the F.D.A., pies that contain dairy products should be refrigerated within two hours of baking, while pies that don’t contain dairy products may last for up to two days at room temperature.
Homemade Pie Day Activities
Make homemade pie
There’s nothing sweeter than the smell of a homemade pie. Get your hands to work and bake a delicious pie for yourself and your loved ones. Make it a challenge by trying out some new recipes.
Support a pie business
If you just don’t trust yourself around an oven, help a small business stay afloat. Order a pie in whatever flavor you love and get chewing.
Use the hashtag
Help create awareness for this fun holiday by posting about it on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #homemadepieday
5 Interesting Facts About Pie
Americans eat a ton of pie
In America alone, 186 million pies are sold in grocery stores every year.
The most expensive pie cost nearly $10,000
In 2015, the most expensive pie in the world cost about $9,500, sold at Lord Dudley Hotel in Sydney, Australia.
Pies are comforting
According to a survey, 47% of Americans associate the word ‘comforting’ with pie.
Apple pie is popular
In the United States, apple pie is a crowd favorite.
Pies are a money-maker
In the United Kingdom, the pie industry rakes in about £1.2 billion a year.
Why We Love Homemade Pie Day
It encourages home cooking
In this age of fast food, it’s often difficult to take out time to cook for ourselves. This holiday gives us a chance to get into the kitchen and make our own food, even if it’s for one day.
It supports pie bakers
The awareness that this day brings provides a boost to the pie industry. As people go out of their way to purchase pies, a lot of people will be smiling all the way to the bank.
Pies bring warm memories
As discovered in a survey, comfort is associated with pie. This day brings to mind warm feelings of home, hearth, and family life.
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