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May 13th, 2011
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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.

Want to change up your apple pie experience?  Make Wolfgang Puck's famous individual pies to share with friends or slather some apple pie filling in pastry and drop it in hot oil for fried apple pies.

It'll have you singing "American Pie" as you drive your Chevy to the levy.



soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Staceyann Dolenti

    I have to agree w/ Ted re: the cinnamon.
    Staceyann Dolenti

    November 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  2. Jennifer

    Where's the calendar for these food days?

    May 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  3. Staceyann C. Dolenti

    I have to agree w/ Ted Wu on cinnamon.
    Staceyann Dolenti

    May 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Ted Wu, Los Angeles

    I still don't understand why people want to spoil apple pies with the odious cinnamon.
    This is a free country, you can spoil whatever food you want with that thing, but don't consider it a must on apple pies, or any food, please.

    May 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  5. Staceyann C. Dolenti

    this looks so good.
    Staceyann Dolenti

    May 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  6. Truth@RichHead, Jerv

    Gotcha covered. Check out the chart:

    http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blalcohol6.htm

    May 13, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Jerv@Truth

      Perfect, thank you so much.

      May 13, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  7. Truth

    Don McLean...I need to put that on my ipod...Good stuff.

    May 13, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  8. RichardHead

    Dang,Now I'm craving pie for breakfast.

    May 13, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Jerv@RicH

      I know dude I was thinking the same thing. What is a good non alcohol substitute for Calvados or Cognac that is listed in the "Wolfgang Puck's famous individual pies?"

      May 13, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • RichardHead@Jerv

        This I do not know...Maybe SLT can help?

        May 13, 2011 at 10:08 am |
      • Sarah LeTrent

        Apple juice - even peach or apricot would work nicely too. Hope that helps!

        May 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • RichardHead@SLT

        Thank You,I knew you would have the answer.

        May 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Ms. Grammar

      Dang...now I've got "American Pie" playing in my head.

      May 13, 2011 at 11:36 am |
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