It doesn't get more American than this - May 13 is National Apple Pie Day.
As the old jingle goes, "baseball, hotdogs, apple pie and Chevrolet," we're proud of a lot of things here in the 50 states, but apple pie is a treat with a worldly past. In fact, it's been gracing English, Dutch and Swedish tables since before our birth in 1776.
The original English apple pie recipe - "good apples, good spices, figs, raisins and pears" - didn't include sugar because sugar cane wasn't widely available during the days of Chaucer, circa 1381. Dutch apple pie introduced lemon juice and cinnamon to the recipe, while the Swedish version has no crust but a pastry poured over the apples instead.
Once apple trees crossed the Atlantic to take root in the colonies, Americans began experimenting with what would become their trademark dessert from the 18th century onward. Leave it to us to add sugar and dump a scoop of ice cream on top.
It'll have you singing "American Pie" as you drive your Chevy to the levy.
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