Created by the American Pie Council®, National Pie Day is dedicated to the
celebration of pie. As part of our American heritage, this day is a perfect
opportunity to pass on the love and enjoyment of pie eating and pie making
to future generations.
Each year the American Pie Council® sponsors the National Pie Championships®
where some of the best pie makers in the United States and Canada enter their
pies to compete for the "American Pie Council's® Best Pie in America" award.
For more information on who has the best pies in America, Click here.
To celebrate National Pie Day share the warmth of the ultimate "comfort food"
by giving the gift of pie to a friend or neighbor. Your generosity will be
If pie making is not in your schedule, stop by your favorite pie shop or grocery
store and bring home a gift of love and enjoyment for the whole family. The
coldest of January days will be warmed by a special pie dessert.
Watch for winning recipes on our website or first hand in our newsletter,
Pie Times by joining the American Pie Council®.
To get tips on getting media coverage for your company on National Pie Day,
Click here. (Downloadable PDF).
Learn About the History of Pies
Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were made by
early Romans who may have learned about it through the Greeks. These pies
were sometimes made in "reeds" which were used for the sole purpose of
holding the filling and not for eating with the filling.
The Romans must have spread the word about pies around Europe as the Oxford
English Dictionary notes that the word pie was a popular word in the 14th
century. The first pie recipe was published by the Romans and was for a
rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie.
The early pies were predominately meat pies. Pyes (pies) originally appeared
in England as early as the twelfth century. The crust of the pie was referred
to as "coffyn". There was actually more crust than filling. Often these pies
were made using fowl and the legs were left to hang over the side of the dish
and used as handles. Fruit pies or tarts (pasties) were probably first made in
the 1500s. English tradition credits making the first cherry pie to Queen Elizabeth I.
Pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists
cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them "coffins" like the crust
in England. As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were
not eaten, but simply designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during
the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of coffyn.
Over the years, pie has evolved to become what it is today "the most traditional
American dessert". Pie has become so much a part of American culture throughout
the years, that we now commonly use the term "as American as apple pie."
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