Today, January 23 (1-23 get it?), is National Pie Day!
I became aware of National Pie Day last year when I was working for AOL's WalletPop (now Daily Finance) and wrote the post, Look Out, Cupcake: 2011 Is the Year of the Pie.
For 2012, the American Pie Council (APC) reports that the pie trend remains piping hot, and points to the popularity of gourmet pie-trucks, pocket pies, and lollipop-style pie pops.
One woman, Beth Howard, hopes to take the trend even further. With the motto, "Give A Piece A Chance", the former pie-baker-to-the-stars believes pie can change the world. Following the death of her 43-year old husband, Beth rolled out her RV and left Malibu, California to travel the country and film a pie-based documentary, This American Pie, which focuses on real people who love and show love -with pie. Here is a taste:
To commemorate the auspicious occasion for my own family, I baked my mom's world famous classic apple pie from the red-and-white-checked Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (which is one reason this post is a little late today...)
Turns out we will not be eating our apple pie alone.
According to the APC apple is the favored flavor of more than 36 million Americans! (Pumpkin and pecan are voted second and third favorite respectively. I may have to rent some chairs...
Perfect Apple Pie
(Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook)
6 to 8 tart apples, pared, cored, and thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
Pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie
2 Tablespoons butter
If apples lack tartness, sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Combine sugar, flour, spices, and dash salt; mix with apples. Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Adjust top crust, cutting slits (if not doing lattice) for escape of steam; seal. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or until done.
*Mom told me to finish the crust by dipping fingers in milk and smoothing/pinching the outer sides.
*Also, I like to cover the edges of the crust with tin foil so they don't over-brown. Take it off for the last 10-15 minutes of baking. I'm not Martha, but I've done it a few times and it works!
If you think you've got an award winning pie, the American Pie Council is accepting applications for the 2012 APC Crisco National Pie Championships to be held at the Great American Pie Festival April 27-29 in Orlando, Florida.
Recipes must be original and never before published, and received by March 28th; or postmarked by March 28th and received by April 4, 2012.
Bakers, start your ovens...