While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Today celebrates a different kind of piety - December 1 is National Pie Day!
Is there a more fabulously festive way to kickstart December, THE month of holiday baking, than indulging in pie all day long? We think not, so strap on your apron and get bakin'!
Pie originally came to be out of necessity. During ancient times, soldiers and travelers needed a safe, easy way to transport enough food to sustain them for long periods of time without worrying about it spoiling. Wrapping meat, cheeses or even a honey filling in an early form of pastry, made using flour, water and fat, proved a handy way to get their meals on the run.
And who doesn't love an edible crust? Pies live and die by their casing.
Do you like a filled pie with a crust on the bottom, a top-crust pie with only filling underneath or, the king of pies, the two-crust that completely encloses all that tasty filling between layers of luscious dough? And don't get us started on the pastry, although flaky is hard to beat.
So today, serve yourself a slice or two or three of your favorite pies. You can stay old-time traditional with a hearty meat pie, bite into a bit of comfort with a pot pie or heap a scoop of ice cream on top of chess pie. Going a little pie crazy and not sure where to start? Dive in to this pie primer.
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