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May 13, 2016

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National Apple Pie Day

National Apple Pie Day, “America’s  favorite dessert”, is celebrated annually on May 13th.

The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381.  The list of ingredients included in the recipe were: good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn.  (the cofyn is a casing of pastry)

Apple pie was a common food in eighteenth century United States homes and although they were eaten long before the European colonization of America, “as American as apple pie” is a saying in the United States, meaning “typically American”.   In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, apple pie became a symbol of American prosperity and national pride.  

  • In 1902, A newspaper published an article that declared No pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished.”

  • Writings tell us that during World War II, when journalists asked American soldiers why they were going to war, their reply was: “for Mom and apple pie”.

  • In 1970, advertisers used the patriotic connection with a commercial jingle” baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet”.

  • There is a community in New Mexico named Pie Town, which was named in honor of the apple pie.

OBSERVE

Enjoy this “tried and true” recipe below called “Perfect Apple Pie

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Ingredients

Crust

1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling

6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

Heat oven to 425°F. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.

In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

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