National Apple Pie Day, America’s favorite dessert, is observed annually on May 13th.
The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381. The list of ingredients included good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn (a type of pastry crust).
While the apple pie existed well before the Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores of what is now The United States, Americans wax poetic about the how American apple pie is. The phrase “as American as apple pie” has been around for more than 100 years.
Teddy Roosevelt was impressed to have a taste of home when he was served an American apple pie while traveling in Africa. Soldiers during World War II were often quoted they were fighting “for Mom and apple pie.”
In 1970, advertisers used the patriotic connection with a commercial jingle “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.”
APPLE PIE FACTS
- The first printed reference to apple pie was in 1589 by Robert Greene in ‘Arcadia’: “Thy breath is like the steam of apple-pyes.”
- According to the common consensus, apple pie is an invention of England. It’s almost a six hundred years old food item.
- Tradition has it that Yale University served apple pie at every supper for more than 100 years
- Some sources also say that the first pie was made in Egypt in 9500 B.C.
- There is an old saying: ‘Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.’
- Americas favorite dessert, so much so that some things are said to be as American as apple pie.
- McDonald’s added an apple pie dessert to its menu in 1968.