Tuesday, October 13, 2015
NATIONAL PUMPKIN PIE DAY
Pumpkin pie is one of America’s favorite pie flavors and on October 12, we celebrate this pie on National Pumpkin Pie Day.
This sweet treat is eaten during the fall and winter months and is very popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The pumpkin, in its original form, is a symbol of harvest.
In order to make pumpkin pie, the pulp of a pumpkin is mixed with eggs, evaporated and/or sweetened condensed milk, and sugar and is typically flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. This makes for an unforgettable treat at the table.
Pumpkin Pie recipes were first found in 17th century cookbooks such as Hannah Woolley’s 1675, The Gentlewoman’s Companion. Later in the 19th century, the famous sweet treat made its way into American cookbooks.
Pumpkin pie became a common addition to the Thanksgiving dinner when the pilgrims brought it to New England in the 17th century.
In those, days pumpkin pie was prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices and sugar then baking it whole.
In today’s world, there are countless seasonal pumpkin pie flavored products that are now available in stores including, ice cream, pudding, coffee, lattes, cheesecake, pancakes, candy and even beer!