It can be argued that there is nothing more American than Apple pie.
During World War II, soldiers were often quoted as saying they were fighting for “Mom and apple pie.”
A newspaper article in 1902 boasted, “No pie eating people can be permanently vanquished,” and the unincorporated community of Pie Town New Mexico was named for apple pie.
However, Apple pie actually originated in England in the 1300s and was made with apples, figs, raisins, pears, pastry crust and spices. When the Puritans came to America, they brought apple seeds with them.
Later, during the turn of the 20th century, when whole toasted cereals were becoming the ‘healthy food’, pie gained a bad reputation.
Apple pie was considered the healthiest pie available in America, and so the phrase, “As American as apple pie” was coined to restore apple pie’s good name.
On May 13 we recognize National Apple Pie Day. In honor of this quintessential day, I have included a colonial apple pie recipe from cooks.com.
Colonial Apple Pie
5-6 cups sliced apples
2 tbs all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
Pastry for a 9-inch double crust
Arrange apples in an unbaked pie shell. Combine flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust, seal and flute edges. Slash crust to permit stream to escape. Bake at 375 degrees F for one hour and 15 minutes or until crust is golden and apples are tender.
Baking and eating apple pie just shows how American you are.