Pie Recipes

Pies have been around for a while, to say the least! The Greeks are thought to have first come up with the pastry shell of the pie which they made by combining flour and water. Then the Romans came along and started filling the pies with different kinds of meats and seafood. The first pie recipe of “rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie” was actually published by the Romans.

This caught on in medieval England, where pies were referred to as “pyes” and remained savoury with predominantly meat based fillings spiced with dates, currants, or peppers.

Sounds like a far cry from the sweet and tasty dessert pies we know and love today, right?

The likes of apple and pecan pie didn’t really become popular in the US until around the 1800s. Although the apple pie did pop up in England in the late 1500s and developed a bit of a following (of course it did, it’s DELISH!). Years later, apple pie is a staple American dish and countless sweet pie options such as cherry, pecan, citrus pies, and the infamous fruit-based mince pie have been added to the mix.

What are the best apples for apple pie?

Using the right apples in your apple pie recipe can be a daunting but crucial task! There are 7,000+ varieties of apples and not all apples are equal when it comes to baking the perfect apple pie! The most important thing to do when choosing the right apples for your pies, is to choose a mix of firm tart and sweet varieties.

The opposing flavors will add depth to your pie and the firmness helps them to hold the shape whilst cooking – no-one likes a super mushy pie! The popular Granny Smith and the Pink Pearl are excellent tart options for your pie and will create a delicious taste when combined with a sweet Pink Lady or Golden Delicious apple.

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How Long do Pies Last?

Freshly baked pies will last for about 2-4 days at room temperature or up to a week in the refrigerator when loosely covered with plastic wrap or foil. If you want your pie to last a lot longer, stick it in the freezer (tightly wrapped up in a double layer of foil) where it will maintain its quality for around 6 months. Once you’re ready to serve your pie, take it out of the refrigerator and unwrap it but don’t defrost it or it’ll simply go all mushy! Just pop the frozen pie in the oven until it has heated up.

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