We’ve all heard the saying “as American as Apple Pie” haven’t we? Well “Contrary to popular belief, apple pie isn’t American, it’s British. There were no apple trees or pies in America before the British settled.” – www.history.org
Were you as shocked as me to find out about that? I guess I shouldn’t have been. Most Americans have probably heard the legend of Johnny Appleseed. A thinking person (apparently not me) would probably have been able to do the math and figured out the pie probably originated in Europe. After all pies existing long before the ‘new world’ was discovered. 🙂
How Apple Pie Became American
“While apple pie was being consumed in Europe in the 14th century, the first instance of its consumption in America wasn’t recorded until 1697, when it was brought over by Swedish, Dutch, and British immigrants…Throughout the 1700s, Pennsylvania Dutch women pioneered methods of preserving apples — through the peeling, coring, and drying of the fruit — and made it possible to prepare apple pie at any time of year. In the vein of many things American, settlers then proceeded to declare the apple pie “uniquely American”. . . later, the apple pie had become inextricably linked with American lore.
It wasn’t until the 1940s, when the United States entered World War II, that “as American as apple pie” truly took off.”
What about Apple Pie Spice itself?
I couldn’t find any references about its origin. Other than the mention that what we call Apple Pie Spice is simply the most commonly used spices blended and sold commercially.
So what is the blend of spices?
Amount: 1 teaspoon
Substitute: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg plus 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
(Some blends include a pinch of clove. Others a bit of allspice.)
Other uses for Apple Pie Spice
Such as adding it to sweet potatoes, fruit salad dressings, French toast, coffee cake and cookies, spicing up tea.
Here are some specific examples
Snickerdoodles. Instead of rolling the cookie dough in cinnamon & sugar, swap out the cinnamon and use Apple Pie Spice.
Oatmeal. Sprinkle Apple Pie Spice on your oatmeal in the morning.
Spiced Nuts. Make sweet spiced nuts and use Apple Pie Spice instead of the spices the recipe calls for.
Rice Krispie Treats. Just add a little Apple Pie Spice for a interesting change of pace.
Smoothies. Make a vanilla protein smoothie and add a little Apple Pie Spice.
Whipped Cream. Add a sprinkle on top of your whipped cream, to top off your favorite pie.
French Toast. Swap out the cinnamon in the recipe for Apple Pie Spice.
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