NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY | AUGUST 20
On August 20th, National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day lets you have your chocolate and pie, too! (National Pecan Pie Day is observed each year on July 12th if chocolate isn’t your flavor, but we don’t know anyone like that.)
Just like the original, chocolate pecan pie goes well with ice cream. Another southern delight, this treat features crisp pecans. Pecan pies fall under the sugar pie category which gives them a gooey, almost caramel center. Depending on the recipe, different sugars make the sweet batter for the pie. Both brown and white sugars can be used, but so can molasses. Corn syrup is a common ingredient as well. Even honey is used.
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There is one ingredient that pops up from time to time that shouldn’t surprise some cooks. Some recipes call for a little bit of bourbon, rum or whiskey. Since these spirits hail from the southern parts of North America, seasoning with them is a natural method.
While pecan pies include eggs in the recipe as a binder, it’s interesting to note another sugar pie that was made when eggs were out of season. The pie is called a sugar cream pie. Though we can’t imagine there being a season for eggs, birds lay more eggs in spring and summer than they do in the fall and winter. Chickens rely on the sun to know when to lay eggs. When the days are shorter, they lay fewer eggs. In the winter, they may lay no eggs at all.
So, on small farms when the hens stopped laying, a sugar cream pie offered an alternative since no eggs are required to make it. Both chocolate pecan pie and sugar cream are delicious!
HOW TO OBSERVE CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY
There are so many ways to celebrate the day. Whether you visit your favorite bakery and pick up a pie or bake it yourself, be sure to share with friends and family. Experiment with a new recipe or bake up an old favorite. We even have some recipes for you to try.
Use #ChocolatePecanPieDay to post on social media. Tell your friends about this wonderful dessert. National Day Calendar also has a Recipe page filled with much more than just desserts, so have a look-see!
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of the observance.
Q. How many pie days are on the calendar?
A. There are 19 pie days on the calendar.
Q. Does every month have a pie day?
A. Yes. There is at least one pie celebration each month of the year.
Q. How many cream pie days are on the calendar?
A. There are 7 cream pie days on the calendar if you include National Ice Cream Pie Day.
Q. What’s the difference between a pie and a tart?
A. The primary difference between a pie and a tart is that a tart has only a bottom crust while a pie typically has both a top and bottom crust. Also, a tart’s crust is firmer than a pie crust and is baked in a shallower pan with a removable bottom. A pie crust is flaky and baked in a one-piece pan.
Q. How many types of pies are there?
A. There are four types of pies based on their filling. They include cream, custard, fruit, and savory.
Q. What is the difference between a cream pie and a custard pie?
A. A custard pie is baked while cream pies are not.