Happy National Pie Day! How will you celebrate this delicious holiday? Over the weekend, our founder and CEO Eric Narcisco celebrated National Pie Day with his family.
National Pie Day (not to be confused with National Pi Day) is celebrated on January 23rd. What comes to mind when you think of pies? Perhaps it’s the American ideal, the apple pie. Perhaps it is the thought of a pie-eating contest at a winter carnival, or perhaps you think of “pieing” aka the good ol’ pie-in-the-face gag that originated in silent films from the early 1900s. How will you celebrate National Pie Day?
A Brief History of Pies
National Pie Day was first started in 1975 by Charlie Papazian, an American engineer, brewer, author, and lover of pies. He loved pies so much in fact, that he set National Pie Day on his birthday, January 23rd. Today, the American Pie Council is the official sponsor of National Pie Day.
Who invented pie? It’s believed the first pastry shell can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, who created it by mixing flour with water, then wrapping it around meat. This was then adopted and popularized by the Romans. Pies were also popular as far back as medieval England, although back then, they were referred to as “pyes” and meat was the most common filling. In fact, the crust was used more as a means of preserving the meat within. It wasn’t even eaten, as it was so thick!
Celebrate National Pie Day
From apple to pecan, pumpkin to chicken pot pie, there are many different fillings for your delicious crusty vessel. Although pies are commonly thought of as a sweet dessert, they have also been eaten as a breakfast food (think berry pies) or as a savory main course. Ever heard of Frito pie? Heck, even a pizza is technically called a “pie”!
We recommend trying Genius Kitchen’s Mini Apple Pies recipe. This is the perfect pie to celebrate today with–it makes an easily transportable, perfect serving of pie! Try it a la mode or with whipped cream–these pies are even good all by themselves! This recipe is ready in 38 minutes and makes 12 servings. Get the recipe here.
What did you do to celebrate National Pie Day? We always love trying new recipes, so share yours with us! Tag us on Instagram @effective.coverage or post a pic on our Facebook page. Happy National Pie Day everyone!