American Cuisine: The History and Popularity of Apple Pie

In this article, you'll explore the story behind the enduring popularity of apple pie in American culture and find a classic recipe to savor this timeless dessert.

The origins of apple pie can be found in Europe during the middle ages, where it was common to encase sweet or savory ingredients in dough. Pie-making customs were carried over to North America by the early settlers from Europe. After being brought to North America by colonists, apples quickly established themselves as a mainstay in American orchards.

The English idiom "as American as apple pie" first appeared in the 20th century, expressing the close cultural ties that the country and the dessert have. The comfort of home, the power of the community, and the enduring spirit of America have all come to be represented by apple pie. Apple pie's place as a national dish of the United States was cemented during World War II when soldiers craved for the comforting flavor of apple pie from home.

The right ratio of sweet and tart apples, a flavorful filling, and a flaky, golden crust are necessary to make the ideal apple pie. There are countless flavor combinations possible with the variety of apples available, from Granny Smiths for sharpness to Honeycrisps for sweetness. A dash of lemon juice, nutmeg, and cinnamon round out the flavorful filling.

Classic Apple Pie Recipe

For the Crust:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced
6-8 tablespoons ice water

In a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar.
Add the cold, diced butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Gradually add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms.
Divide the dough into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour.

For the Filling:

6-7 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced apples (a mix of sweet and tart varieties)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced

In a large bowl, combine sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice.
Toss until the apples are coated evenly.


Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
Roll out one disc of dough and line a 9-inch pie dish with it.
Pour the apple filling into the crust and dot with diced butter.
Roll out the second disc of dough and place it over the filling. Trim the excess dough and crimp the edges to seal.
Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
Optional: Brush the top crust with milk or an egg wash for a golden finish.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly.
Let it cool before serving. Enjoy your slice of classic apple pie!

More food stories and recipes in English can be found in this article.

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