NATIONAL PUMPKIN PIE DAY
On December 25th, National Pumpkin Pie Day dishes up the slice many Americans are looking for around the dinner table. As they enjoy time with family or friends, they also take the opportunity to honor the ever-humble and often favored pumpkin pie.
Often eaten during the fall and winter months and invited to Thanksgiving and Christmas tables, in the United States, pumpkin pie is a traditional dessert. The pumpkin itself is a symbol of harvest.
To make a pumpkin pie, the pulp of the pumpkin is mixed with eggs, evaporated and/or sweetened condensed milk, and sugar and is typically flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
Pumpkin pie recipes were found in seventeenth-century English cookbooks, such as Hannah Woolley’s 1675, The Gentlewoman’s Companion. A century later, pumpkin pie recipes began to appear in American cookbooks.
Pumpkin pie became a familiar addition to the Thanksgiving dinner in the early seventeenth century when the pilgrims brought it back to New England. Initially, the pumpkin pie was prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices, and sugar, then baking it whole.
Many seasonal pumpkin pie flavored products fill the grocery store shelves. We find the flavor in ice cream, pudding, coffee, lattes, cheesecake, pancakes, candy, and even beer. All season long, advertisers pitch pumpkin in their seasonal drinks and scents.
Candles, diffusers, and waxes promise to fill our homes with pumpkin pie scent. Before long, our homes smell like a bakery. Some of us haven’t turned on the oven since June.
The pie brings back such fond memories, too. Writers and poets include pumpkin pie in their seasonal poems, songs, and stories. The 1844 Thanksgiving poem, “Over the River and Through the Wood,” written by Lydia Maria Child, references pumpkin pie in one of its verses: “Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!” Another familiar one is the song, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” contains the lyric, “Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie, and we’ll do some caroling.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPumpkinPieDay
Enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie. Add a dollop of whipped cream. Share some good conversation and a cup of coffee while you celebrate. And use #NationalPumpkinPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PUMPKIN PIE DAY HISTORY
As we serve up another slice, National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert filled holiday.
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