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National Banana Cream Pie Day – March 2, 2023

We celebrate National Banana Cream Pie Day on March 2 every year. This is a day to commemorate one of the tastiest dishes in the U.S. Although there are many kinds of pie in the U.S., banana cream pie is unique because of the variety of flavors and textures that it brings to the palate. All pie lovers come together on National Banana Cream Pie Day to make and eat their favorite banana cream pie recipe. If you’re looking for a delicious dessert to share with friends and family, look no further. A banana cream pie will satiate every sweet tooth.

History of National Banana Cream Pie Day

Historians have traced back the origins of pie to the Neolithic Period, around 6000 B.C. It has been discovered that during this period, ancient Egyptians made a version of pies called ‘galettes,’ which were rustic free-form pies, made from oats, wheat, rye, and barley. The crust was filled with honey and the galettes were then baked over hot coals.

In 1620, European pilgrims came to America with their favorite family pie recipes. These recipes were adapted to accommodate the resources already available to them in America. Initially, their pies were baked using berries and fruits that the Native Americans showed them. The European women used round pans for their baking in order to stretch the ingredients as they were scarce.

In the 1700s, American women cemented the tradition of serving pies with every meal and thus the pie became an important part of American cuisine and culture. Pies were seen at every public gathering and fair in America. As more settlers moved to other parts of the continent, various kinds of regional pies were created. Pie ingredients are constantly being experimented with to this day to meet the demands of a hungry, pie-loving population.

Banana Cream Pies became famous in the 20th century. In the 1950s, these pies became the favorite dessert of many American soldiers. These pies were essentially thin pastries, full of thick and creamy banana custard. The pie’s popularity has spread worldwide. The British version of this is the Banoffee pie, which is made using bananas and toffee.

National Banana Cream Pie Day timeline

6000 B.C.
The Earliest Version of Pies is Invented

The ancient Egyptians make pie-like creations called galettes using oat, wheat, rye, and barley, with a honey-filled crust.

1620
Pies Travel to America

European Pilgrims bring their favorite family pie recipes with them to America.

1700s
Pie Becomes Part of American Culture

American women cement the tradition of serving pies with every meal and thus the pie becomes an important part of the American way of life.

1950s
The Rise of Banana Cream Pies

American soldiers fall in love with banana cream pies and it becomes their favorite dessert.

National Banana Cream Pie Day FAQs

How do you keep the bananas from going brown in a banana cream pie?

Bananas need to be treated with citrus juice to keep them from turning brown. Lemon, orange, or pineapple juice will help to prevent browning. 

How do you keep a banana cream pie from getting watery?

The trick here is to ensure that you bake the pie for long enough. Undercooking is the number one cause of watery pies.

Where did banana cream pie originate?

While no one knows for sure, it’s believed to have originated in the Midwest, due to the popularity of pies there. 

How To Celebrate National Banana Cream Pie Day

  1. Devour some pies

    Who doesn’t love a good wholesome pie at the end of a long day? The best way to celebrate this day is to go and eat some banana cream pies.

  2. Take yourself out on a date

    Celebrate this day by going to the best pie place in your city. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself from time to time.

  3. Take a picture

    Before you dig in, make sure to take a ton of pictures of that delicious pie. Nothing gets your followers’ attention on social media like posting a picture of your delicious piece of pie.

5 Tasty Facts About Pies

  1. New Mexico has a Pie Town

    Yes, Pie Town is an actual place in the U.S., and it’s famous for its pies.

  2. America loves its pies

    Around 186 million pies are sold in grocery stores in the U.S. every year.

  3. Pies can be dangerous weapons

    Popularly seen in cartoons, pieing or pie attack involves throwing a pie in someone’s face.

  4. The Romans published the first pie recipe

    The pie was made using rye-crusted goat’s cheese and honey.

  5. Pie crust used to be called ‘coffyn’

    The crust of meat pies in 12th century England was called ‘coffyn.’

Why We Love National Banana Cream Pie Day

  1. Pies are delicious

    We celebrate this day because pies are scrumptious! Everyone should eat a banana cream pie at least once in their lives.

  2. There is so much variety

    Pies are indeed a very versatile dish. Every recipe can be adapted to fit any ingredients you have access to.

  3. Pies are a comfort meal

    Approximately 47% of Americans believe that pies are comforting. They fill not only our tummies but also our souls with warmth and love.

National Banana Cream Pie Day dates

YearDateDay
2022March 2Wednesday
2023March 2Thursday
2024March 2Saturday
2025March 2Sunday
2026March 2Monday

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