Food History 2: Apple Pie!

Hello, my lovely readers! Today I’m gonna tell you a little bit about the history of the apple pie! I got this information together for a research project I had to do for culinary class. I found out a lot of cool stuff about some of my favorite foods that I never knew before! (Check out my last blog to find out more about the project and the history of PB&J!) Most of this information is from this lovely website called the Food Timeline!

Pie americaApple pie is said to be as American as it gets but by the time apples even grew in America many other countries had their own version of apple pie. The first recorded recipe for apple pie was actually written in 1381 in England! It called for figs, raisins, pears, and saffron in addition to apples. Original apple pie recipes were a lot different from what we know today. They rarely called for sugar because it was expensive and hard to get. Originally, this apple pie was served in a pastry called a “coffin” which wasn’t normally meant for consumption and was only supposed to be a container for the filling.

The Romans are thought to have introduced apples to England, and from there American colonists started spreading them throughout the New World and apple seeds were spread along trade routes. The colonists also brought recipes for apple pie to America.
In 1902, a newspaper article claimed that “No pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished.” American soldiers during World War II also did their part to popularize the stereotype. When asked by journalists why they were going to war, a common response was, “For mom and apple pie” which later became the phrase “As American as motherhood and apple pie”.  Apple pie was then quickly adopted as “the” American thing by the 1960s and the phrase “As American as apple pie” was born.
America quickly became one of the largest producers of apples and today over 220,000,000 bushels of apples are produced every year in America. It is second only to China, which produces about half of the world’s apples! What if people started saying “as Chinese as apple pie”?

Apple pie is one of my favorite pies! I think its really cool that a pie that started out in 1381 is still very popular today!

Stay tuned for Food History 3: Waffles!

Thankful for pie

Pies

Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and raisin pie.

Hello lovely people! I know it’s a little late but how was your thanksgiving? Mine was turkeytastic! It was so good to have some of my family and friends all together to enjoy a lovely thanksgiving meal. We had about 15 people come over but we started cooking a few days before so we had plenty of food.
Everyone chipped in a little bit. I was in charge of the dessert! I made 5 different pies. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pecan pie, and vinegar raisin pie.

If you didn’t already know, this thanksgiving was also Hanukkah so I put a little pie crust menorah on top of the apple pie (that also helped to cover up some of the places where I ripped the pie crust. It was my first time making a pie with a top crust.) I used a recipe for the filling but I thought it needed something so I added some fresh squeezed lemon juice. It turned out delicious and most people said it was their favorite of all the pies I made.

I also made a vinegar raisin pie with a vodka pie crust. I got the recipe for it from one of the chefs at NOCCA. It was her family’s recipe. We made it for our pie of the month a few months ago and I knew I had to try making it at home. It’s a delicious pie but it’s a bit hard to explain. Most people just decide they won’t like it as soon as they hear “vinegar raisin pie” but you don’t really taste the vinegar. The only reason for the vinegar is to balance out the sweetness in the pie. I think if I make it again I’m just going to call it raisin pie because that’s really what it is. My brother is pretty picky so I just told him it was raisin pie and he loved it.

Most of my memories of pie are of pies made by my aunt Heather. Her pies have always been my favorite so I asked her if I could use her recipes for my pie crusts and my pumpkin and pecan pies. She said yes! She felt so honored that I asked her for her recipe but I felt so honored to be able to use her recipes! They turned out great! I used the crust recipe for all of the pies I made except the raisin pie. Her pumpkin pie recipe called for evaporated milk and I didn’t have any so I used half milk, half eggnog. The eggnog made it taste really good.

I had extra filling from the pumpkin and pecan pies so I put them together and made a pumpkin pecan pie. I had tried a pumpkin pecan pie before from We’ve Got Soul where the pumpkin and pecan was layered so I attempted to layer the fillings by cooking the pumpkin in there for a few minutes before I put the pecan in but when I put the pecan in the fillings just mixed together. It still tasted great though. I’ll definitely make it again next time.

Even though we spend most of our thanksgivings cooking and eating, the real point of thanksgiving is to be thankful for what we have. This year I’m thankful for food and the great opportunities I have at NOCCA. I’m also thankful for my family and friends and that we’re all healthy and happy. What are you thankful for?