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Celebration of All Things Pie
Pies are one of the most popular desserts in the United States. But pie is not just a dessert; it is a celebration itself! Every holiday and occasion celebrated with dinner ends with some kind of pie being served. When we talk about the best great American pie, you will see the debate rise over personal preference or regional delicacies. Let's be real, who doesn't drool over that buttery, flaky crust and the filling full of surprises of sweet, tangy, and decadent flavors? You always want another slice of it.
National Pie Month
Yes, pie is itself a celebration, and now February has been designated Great American Pie Month to celebrate all things pie. This new holiday will surely be celebrated across the United States. And by February 1st, everyone will be ready to enjoy some pie.
Let's go on a journey to learn about the best pies in America, how to celebrate Great American Pie Month, and more fun facts. Let's dive in!
How to Celebrate
Celebration is self-expression, and Great American Pie Month can be celebrated in many creative ways:
- Throw a pie party (the best way to celebrate it)
- Bake a pie a day
- Bake a pie you've never made before
- Eat some pie for breakfast
- Make a pot pie for dinner
- Cheat one night (or two) and order a pizza pie
- Let everyone make their own mini pie
- Play Pie Face, a game by Hasbro (there are several versions to choose from)
"Honey Pie" by the Beatles
"Honey pie, you are making me crazy
I'm in love but I'm lazy
So won't you please come home"
Fun Facts About Pie
- America has an American Pie Council (APC). It's an organization that preserves the heritage of pie-making in America. They are "preserving America's pie heritage and promoting America's love affair with pies."
- The National Pie Championship is one of the most delicious and awaited events for bakers of all skill levels. It is held in Celebration, Florida, in April rather than in February (during Great American Pie Month).
- We have other pie holidays we can celebrate during the year. December 1 is "eat a pie day," January 23 is pie day, February 22 is cherry pie day (Washington's birthday), and May 14 is apple pie day.
- Did you know that over $700,000 is spent on pies in grocery stores alone per year? That's only grocery stores—so it's not including bakeries, restaurants, or warehouse price clubs.
- It was actually against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
Don McLean in "Bye Bye Miss American Pie"
"I started singin' it
Singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
And singin' "This'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die"
What Are the Most Popular Pies?
Here are the most popular pies in the United States—kind of important information since we are talking about Great American Pie Month.
- Apple pie is the No.1 pie in the U.S. I guess that's where the phrase "American as apple pie" came from.
- Pumpkin pie: originated with the Pilgrims and for me, needs lots of whipped cream
- Pecan pie
- Chocolate cream pie: comes with its own whipped cream
- Key lime pie: both sweet and tart
- Cherry pie: perfect for Washington's birthday
- Peanut butter pie: contains peanuts in the crust too, and no surprise it comes from Georgia
- Sweet potato pie: popular Southern pie that dates back to the 18th century
- Blueberry pie
- Butterscotch pie: I don't think I ever had this one. I am going to have to make one soon!
"Bon Appétit" by Katie Perry
“Hope you got some room
For the world's best cherry pie
Gonna hit that sweet tooth, boy."
Pie in Other Languages
Pie is eaten around the world, not just in the U.S., so there are many different names for it depending on where you are. There are also many different varieties of pies, hand pies, meat pies, cream pies, and don't forget pizza. So let's learn some other ways to say pie:
- Finland: piirakka
- France: tart or tarte
- Germany: kuchen
- Greece: pita
- Maori: porowhita
Cherry Pie Recipe
There's no pie as delicious as the one you just made, so here is a homemade pie recipe for you to make during Great American Pie Month. It's our choice because it also goes with cherry pie day in February on George Washington's birthday.
- 3 cups tart cherries, frozen or fresh
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 store-bought pie crusts (1 for the bottom and 1 for the top)
- In a saucepan, add the cherries and cover them with a lid. Place the saucepan on the stove over medium to low heat. Let the juices break out.
- In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch and sugar. Add this mixture to the cherries and gently fold.
- Add vanilla to the cherries.
- Cook the cherry mixture until thickened to a medium-to-thick consistency.
- Let the filling cool for at least 4 hours.
- Thaw the pie crust to the point it is cold and still manageable.
- Now preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- Take an 8-inch pie pan and roll out the pie crust and fit it in the pie pan.
- Prick the crust with a fork and place butter over it.
- Bake the crust for 10 minutes or according to the directions.
- Pour the cherry mixture into the crust.
- Make a beautiful pie lace over the pie if you'd like, or cover the pie with fun shape cut-outs from the leftover pie crust.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely before serving.
"Sweet Potato Pie" by James Taylor
"I guess I'm just a lucky guy and I'm prepared to tell you why.
It's strictly on account of my Sweet Potato Pie."
Pie Baking Tips
- Keep the pie crust dough cool. It will help the butter to solidify and give a flaky crust when baked.
- Always bake the crust for syrupy filling so that the crust isn’t soggy and it doesn't remain raw.
- Make sure the filling doesn't get watery or syrupy; otherwise, it will take forever to cook and have a soggy crust.
Official State Pies
Some states have made it official and named their favorite pie, so these pies are more than a regional favorite:
- Delaware: Peach
- Florida: Key Lime
- Illinois: Pumpkin
- Maine: Blueberry (made with wild Maine blueberries)
- New Jersey: Blueberry
- New York: Apple Crumb
- Texas: Pecan
- Vermont: Apple (The pie is required by law to be served with a glass of cold milk and a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 ounce, or a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.)
Pirok (Russian Salmon Pie)
Prickly Pear Pie
Key Lime Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate Haupia Pie
Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie
Sour Cream Raisin Pie
Natchitoches Meat Pies
Baltimore Bomb Pie
Boston Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Mississippi Mud Pie
Chocolate Sin Pie
Apple Crumb Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Shaker Sugar Pie
Coconut Custard Pie
Paw Paw Pie
Apple Pie Baked in a Bag