Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth on National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, on August 1. The day is celebrated to honor the creation of the delicious raspberry cream pie that has become one of the most favorite desserts across America. The day is commemorated on this particular date since it is during this time of the year that raspberries turn ripe. Hence, this is the perfect day to put on your pastry chef caps and head to the kitchen to create some yummy raspberry cream pie for friends and family.
History of National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
While we are accustomed to different forms of pie in this day and age, there was a time when there was no such thing as fruit pies. In fact, pies were mostly served with meat. For instance, a chicken pie recipe was found on a tablet that dates back to 2000 B.C. In Britain too, pies were mostly made with meat fillings and were one of the dishes that were opted for when heading out on a sea voyage. Pies and tarts became fashionable only during the Dark Ages when members of the monarchy preferred them to be served at court. And since the British royals loved pies so much, it wasn’t long before the regions they colonized also started adapting to new fruit cream pie recipes.
This love for pie further evolved in the 1800s and various flavors such as chocolate, apple, and cherry were introduced. The famous apple pie was all the rage in the U.S. when the land was colonized by Europeans. While there was a point in the 1900s during which different forms of cream pie were served in every American household, the tradition began dwindling with the rise of the women’s rights movements. This is because more women insisted on stepping out of the house and working, rather than simply staying at home and cooking up dishes. However, sugar pies once again made a comeback during World War II. During this time, old pie recipes were discovered, and new recipes were created to add variety to the types of cream pies available.
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day timeline
Ancient Greeks create the pie pastry.
Queen Elizabeth I is served the first fruit pie — a cherry pie.
The sugar cream pie is created in Indiana.
“The Hoosier Cookbook” publishes a sugar cream pie recipe.
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day FAQs
Are raspberry seeds bad for you?
On the contrary, raspberry seeds can be good for you since they contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
What does raspberry taste like?
Raspberries are a fruit known to taste tart and sweet at the same time.
How many seeds are in a raspberry?
There are about 100 to 120 seeds in an average-sized raspberry.
How to Celebrate National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
Have a raspberry cream pie eating competition
Even if you can’t participate in the competition, it is definitely fun to watch — and extremely hilarious! So host a small pie-eating competition and get ready to have the time of your life.
Host a raspberry cream pie festival
Organize a small festival with a few others from your town or city, and have people put up interesting stalls with innovative raspberry cream pie recipes.
The easiest and least expensive way to celebrate the day is by baking a raspberry cream pie yourself! All you need is a cookbook and a few essential ingredients.
5 Fun Facts About Raspberries
Many colors of raspberries
Raspberries can be red, purple, gold, or even black.
Raspberries in the U.S.
90% of raspberries come from Washington, California, and Oregon.
There are 53 calories in 100 grams of raspberries.
There are over 200 types of raspberries that you can choose from.
Survival of the plant
The roots of raspberries can survive for about 10 years.
Why National Raspberry Cream Pie Day is Important
Raspberries are healthy
While the pie itself has sugar, the raspberries used in it are healthy and known as a great source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
It promotes the invention of new recipes
There is no end to new recipes as long as people keep experimenting. National Raspberry Cream Pie Day motivates people to concoct their own version of the pie.
It's a day to eat out
Since the day is all about eating raspberry cream pies, it helps in building personal relations, increasing sales of bakeries, and earns the servers some great tips!
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