January 23 and December 1 are both National Pie Days.
A pie is defined as any baked food with a filling in a pastry-lined pan. It may have a top pastry crust, but it is not necessary. There are savory pies like cottage pie and chicken pot pie, and there are sweet pies like shoofly pie and key lime pie. Fillings vary greatly from meat to fruit to custard an beyond.
- Pies have been around since 9500 BCE (Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age).
- In 1644, Oliver Cromwell banned eating pie declaring it a pagan form of pleasure. For 16 years, people had to sneak their pie until the ban was lifted by Restoration leaders in 1660.
- Boston Cream Pie is a cake, not a pie.
- Cheesecake is a pie, not a cake.
- January 23rd is also National Rhubarb Pie Day.
- March 2nd is National Banana Cream Pie Day.
- May 8th is National Coconut Cream Pie Day.
- May 13th and December 3rd are both a National Apple Pie Day.
- February is Great American Pies Month.
How can you celebrate today?
- Make a pie (Check out the National Pie Champions)
- Eat a pie — okay not a whole one, just a slice
- Play a pie naming game. Each person has to name a type of pie. If someone can’t name a pie. They’re out. Keep going until the pie-naming champion remains.
- Join the American Pie Council.
What is your favorite pie?