… Not to be confused with Pi Day (pi = 3.15.) that’s in March.
Pies! yummy pies in your tummy pies! National Pie Day is celebrated annually on January 23rd so go right now and get yourself some pie to celebrate. National Pie Day was created simply to celebrate the grandiosity of the pie.
Pies in the UK and pies in the USA are very different tho. When I first came to the USA I was confused to find savory pies here are not as common as they are there. Also very confused about “pot pies” to me those are just pies, no need for the word “pot” there.
In medieval England, they were called pyes, and instead of being predominantly sweet, they were most often filled with meat — beef, lamb, wild duck, magpie pigeon — spiced with pepper, currants or dates. Historians trace pie’s initial origins to the Greeks, who are thought to be the originators of the pastry shell, which they made by combining water and flour. The wealthy Romans used many different kinds of meats — even mussels and other types of seafood — in their pies. Meat pies were also often part of Roman dessert courses or secundae mensea. Cato the Younger recorded the popularity of this sweet course, and a cheesecake-like dish called Placenta, in his treatise De Agricultura. – A brief History of the Pie (Time.com)
A cookbook from 1796 listed only three types of sweet pies; a cookbook written in the late 1800s featured 8 sweet pie varieties; and by 1947 the Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking listed 65 different varieties of sweet pies.
According to British chef, Jamie Oliver, the pie we know and love today has its roots in Northern Europe. Back in the day, olive oil was scarce to nonexistent in the region. Instead, butter and lard were the fats of choice in the harsher and colder climes north of the Mediterranean. The use of these solid fats created a pastry that could be rolled and molded – and so the true pie was born.
Pie Facts: By the American Pie Council
- There are 231 varieties of apple pie.
- Pumpkin pie – Contrary to grade school theater productions across the United States, there was no modern-day pie — pumpkin, pecan or otherwise — at the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621.
- Pecan pie, is the third most popular choice in The USA.
- The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age.
All the sweet scrumptious and yummy pie pictures you see here, I took at House of Pies in Houston, Texas. I went on a little pie eating expedition with some friends (Shout-out to Jess, Jack, and Dennis as well as Ariana for being my pie companions) Sadly they don’t do any savory pies there, however, if it is a sweet pie you are looking for THIS is your place. They have more than 20 different types of pies there!
Anyway, make sure you celebrate with a yummy slice of your favorite pie, either sweet or savory, American or British. Happy International Pie Day!