Jan. 23 is National Pie Day — who knew? Before we get on the subject of celebrating, let’s talk logistics.
In honor of the day, the American Pie Council (yes, this exists) is spewing out a few stats about the sliced favorite and we think they’re worth sharing.
Here’s what you need to know:
• There are 231 varieties of apple pie — that’s a lot of different versions of something so simple, isn’t it?
• Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the holiday table at the Pilgrim's second Thanksgiving in 1623. It's the second most popular pie in America.
• Pecan pie is the third most popular choice in our nation of pie lovers.
• Pyes (pies) originally appeared in England as early as the 12th century. The crust of the pie was referred to as "coffin."
There’s more where this is from — take a walk down pie memory lane at the American Pie Council.
Now to the good stuff. How are we celebrating? Here are our top contenders for ways to ring in the day:
Pie Swap: Whether it’s at the office, at school, or even amongst friends and family, make your signature pie and trade slices and recipes. If you don’t have one, take a cue from these outrageous pies.
Bake Sale: Use your baking skills for a good cause and bake and sell your pies — here are tips on how to do it.
Take a Cue from an Expert: What to do and what not to do from the source, Beth M. Howard, a true pie connoisseur.
These are all great ideas, but if you really want to enjoy the day, just grab a fork and dig in.