According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England. As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”
Here is some Cherry Pie Trivia:
- Cherries belong to the Rose family.
- Cherry pie is the 5th most popular pie in The United States.
- Fruit pies were a common breakfast food in the 19th century.
- In 1644, Oliver Cromwell banned the eating of pies, saying that eating pies was a pagan form of pleasure.
- The English Upper Crust would eat “Surprised Pies”. When cut open, live creatures would pop out of the pie!!!
Enjoy your pies!!!
P.S. Traverse City, MI is known nationally as the “Cherry Capital of the World”. Needless to say, when we are at our summer cottage in Charlevoix, we eat a lot of cherries.