You know those moments when you pick up your phone to check your email only to put it down 30-minutes later after typing “why do we need eyebrows?” into Google? I recently found myself traveling down such a rabbit hole involving the origins of the all-American apple pie.
I ran across a wonderful article in Better Homes & Gardens answering the question, “Why do we associate apple pie with the Fourth of July?”. As it turns out, the phrase “as American as apple pie” became popular when American soldiers in WWII would say they were fighting “for mom and apple pie.” Of course, the apple pie was a standard in American cooking well before World War II, and BHG goes on to explain how Americans used what they had learned from the Dutch and German colonists to make apple pies because they wanted to break from the British scones and cakes they usually made.
The original, American apple pie recipe was published in 1796 in Amelia Simmons’ “American Cookery, or the art of dressing viands, fish, poultry, and vegetables, and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards, and preserves, and all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plum to plain cake: Adapted to this country, and all grades of life” (Yes, that’s the book title). According to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s “Fondly, Pennsylvania” blog, this was the first cookbook ever published in the 13 states.
In this “Fondly, Pennsylvania” blog post, the author makes note that this dessert has been ingrained in our culture and is a symbol of comfort and home across the country. Then it’s no surprise that apple pie is one of the most commonly requested last meals on death row.
You and your children can try the original, American apple pie recipe here. For fun, read “My Little Golden Book About Johnny Appleseed” or our favorite, this Johnny Appleseed poem, while the pie bakes and your home fills with the delicious, sugared apple aromas. My boys also love this show from “Disney’s American Legends” collection.
I hope you enjoy time with your family this Fourth! God bless.
Need inspiration for a Fourth of July tablescape? I’m drooling over this one from Before and After Home.
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