With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, it's the perfect time to talk about pies. Well, frankly anytime is a good time to talk about pies because they are DELICIOUS! Sorry to all of you cake fans out there, but I would take a slice of pie over a piece of cake any day. Unless we are talking cheesecake, which in my opinion is more of a pie than a cake. So... back to the point of this post! I thought it would be interesting to look at some fun pie facts.
Fun pie facts from Crisco and the American Pie Council (Gotta love that there is actually such a thing as the American Pie Council!)
- A survey by the American Pie Council and Crisco® found that apple pie is the favorite flavor among one out of four Americans, followed by pumpkin, chocolate, lemon meringue, and cherry.
- An overwhelming 76 percent of Americans prefer homemade pie over pie from a bakery or pastry shop, restaurant, diner, or supermarket.
- The average American eats six slices of pie per year. (pretty sure I can beat that!)
- The term "as American as apple pie" traces back to 14th century England. The Pilgrims brought their pie-making skills, along with the apple seeds to America. As the popularity of apple pie spread throughout the nation, the phrase grew to symbolize American prosperity.
- Before pie was America's favorite dessert, fruit pies were commonly eaten as part of breakfast in the 19th century.
- Other names for a pie are: pastie, oggie, piraski, piragie, patty, and pierogi. More common names include: streusel, tart, turnover, and crumble.
- The term "upper crust" refers to early America when the economy was difficult and supplies were hard to come by. Only affluent households could afford ingredients for both the upper and lower crusts of a pie; thus, the term "upper crust" was born.
- Shoo-fly pie is a wet-bottom molasses pie that was originally used to sit on windowsills to attract flies away from the kitchen.