National Cherry Pie Day is celebrated on February 20 every year. National Cherry Pie Day is dedicated to all cherry pie lovers. Cherry pie is the second most popular cake in North America after apple pie. Although Cherry Pies are mainly eaten in North America, they are also popular in many other parts of the world. Sour cherries are commonly used to make cherry pies. Cherry pie is known as the great American food in the United States of America.
The History of Pie
To learn more about the fragrant cherry pie, we must first delve into the history of scones as a dessert. Historians believe that the first cake was made by the early Romans, who came up with the idea through the Greeks. The cakes of the ancient Romans were quite different from the desserts of today. These cakes are usually made with sweet or savory fillings placed inside a reed.
The reed is used to hold the filling, but the reed is not eaten, just as a container for the filling to be scooped out. Roman recipes aren't always clear-cut, and fillings can be made with a variety of ingredient combinations.
As the Romans spread their knowledge of cake, they began to come to Europe regularly in the 14th century. The Oxford English Dictionary shows that the word cake was used most often during this era, when cooking recipes spread throughout Europe. Historians later discovered that the first written cake recipe came from the Romans and included a filling of rye flour, goat cheese, and honey.
The first European pies were not the ones we know today. Often referred to as "pyes", they have a rather grotesque recipe. These pies are meat pies made with a variety of chickens and small prey. The crust is called a "coffyn" and many of these cakes are essentially crusts with a small amount of filling. In pies using chicken as the filling, the chicken's legs are sandwiched into the crust and used as a handle to eat the cake!
Fruit pies started to develop in the 1500s. The first cherry pie recipe was served to Queen Elizabeth I in England! When pies spread to the Americas, they were often served in the Roman style, where the crust was removed after the filling was eaten. The researchers assume that the term "crust" as we know it today was coined to replace "shell" during the Revolutionary War! Centuries later, the pie has become one of the “most traditional American deserts” with many people using the phrase “America like apple pie”!
Some interesting Facts about Cherry Pies!
It's no surprise that scones are a popular choice in the dessert world. In fact, they're so popular that there's actually an American Pie Board devoted to this dessert! If you are not a cake expert, here are some interesting cake facts that may surprise and delight you:
- The United States has a town named Pie Town, New Mexico.
- The largest cake ever made weighs about 10,540 kg, or 23,236.7 pounds!
- Approximately $700 million worth of cupcakes are sold in grocery stores around the world every year!
- 47% of people immediately think of cake when asked to explain something comforting!
- Starting in the 1890s, "pie" was a common word to describe something simple, hence the term "easy as pie"!
- About 20% of Americans claim to have eaten an entire pie - often in just one sitting!
- National Cherry Pie Day isn't the only cake day, other flavors also have their own dates like blueberry, strawberry-rhubarb, original strawberry, and Boston Cream!
- Similar to early Roman recipes, many people prefer to eat only the filling. Only 9% of people like the front sole pizza!
How to Celebrate National Cherry Pie Day
There are many wonderful ways to celebrate this day! If you love to cook and are in the kitchen, consider baking a cherry pie today to celebrate. Then invite friends or family to sit down and enjoy a hot, freshly baked tart. If you want to get a little more creative, consider making a variation of the traditional cherry pie. Some of these combo recipes include cherry pie with fillings like cinnamon, orange, blueberry, pecans, and chocolate chip.
Do you want to spend this day on getting out of the house? Consider stopping by your favorite bakery or bakery and order a slice of cherry pie. Invite a friend to come with you and post a photo of your piece of cake with the hashtag #NationalCherryPieDay.
If you are less interested in baking and eating sweets, consider an alternative to eating cake. Instead, try a product flavored with cherry pie as a tribute to a beloved dessert. Stores like Bath and Body Works and other body lotion companies sell a variety of cherry-scented lotions, soaps, perfumes, and sanitizers, some with the names “Sugared Cherry Crisp” and “Classic Cherry Pie”.
If you want to take it a step further, relax at home with a tall glass of Stanly's Cherry Pie Pinot Noir or another cherry pie-inspired wine. Also, consider buying a cupcake (especially a cherry pie) scented candle to light as you enjoy a slice of cake or a glass of baking wine!
Whether you're a baking enthusiast or not, there are plenty of ways for you to honor this dessert - whether it's a drink, a food, or a body product! So take today to celebrate a refreshing dessert and classic tart that has a history as rich as the cake itself!
ObservedNational Cherry Pie Day has been observed annually on February 20th.
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