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Where was apple pie invented?

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Nothing tastes more homey and comforting than apple pie, if you ask me. Apple pie, it turns out, is beloved in many countries and cultures around the globe. Apples originated in Asia, and this fruit has spread across the world. In fact, apples are one of the most popular fruits on the planet. Often, apples are baked into tempting desserts. But which country is the rightful owner of the title of inventor of apple pie? Take a guess and then scroll down to discover where apple pie was invented.

Where did apple pie originate?

a) USA
b) England
c) The Netherlands
d) France

(Scroll down for the answer…!)

Discover where apple pie was invented!

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American as Apple Pie

We've all heard the phrase, “as American as apple pie.” This beloved dessert, however, did not originate in the United States. Another American phrase, “for Mom and apple pie” became famous during World War II, when this was given as the answer by soldiers when asked why they were heading off to war. This, in turn, likely transformed into apple pie being known as a symbol for America. This dessert's popularity amongst so many cultures may be another reason apple pie has become a staple of Americana because the U.S. is where so many cultures blend together.

Apple Pie Originated in England

So where was apple pie invented? The first written apple pie recipe goes back to 1381 in b) England. It was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer and included apples, figs, raisins, pears and a pastry shell (but no sugar).

Dutch Apple Pie

Evidence of Dutch apple pies goes back to the 1600s in The Netherlands. In addition to apples, Dutch pies include lemon and cinnamon and sometimes raisins and icing.

Tarte Tatin

The tarte tatin, or French version of apple pie, was created by accident by hotel owner Stéphanie Tatin when she was trying to make a traditional apple pie in the 1880s.

National Apple Pie Day

Are you bananas for apple pie? Celebrate on May 13, National Apple Pie Day.

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Where was apple pie invented?

My husband loves making apple pies almost as much as eating them. As for me, I like them all: peach, banana cream, French silk, strawberry-rhubarb…yes, please!

What's your favorite kind of pie? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Midcoast Maine says

    Also, up here in the northeast, a breakfast of pie (usually blueberry) and coffee is called a New England breakfast- but this morning my New England breakfast was coffed and apple pie. 😀

  2. Midcoast Maine says

    I just pulled an apple pie out of the oven! We didn’t wait for it to cool down much, and ate it with maple whipped cream. I was thinking afterwards, wow! What a comfort food! -for how long has it been such a comfort food? I typed in “the very first apple pie”, and your article came up! And, really? Back in the1300’s, England, a recipe from Chaucer? I don’t use sugar, either. I must’ve tapped into my DNA…
    Thanks for the info! P.S. I love that your dad posted a comment! 😀

  3. Tom Lanin says

    We met some people from England at a convention years ago and they commented that something was “as English as apple pie.” We accused them of stealing our American phrase but I’m afraid it’s the other way around.

  4. Some people think it’s strange that my husband and I like any kind of fruit pie for breakfast (usually left over from a get-together the night before.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Ellen (Mama!) – One of those people was my husband. But he is a convert now.

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