Pie and Pie Crust Recipes
Thom's Recipe File
It seem that the pie has been around since about 2000
B.C., around the time
At some point between 1400 B.C. (the time of Greek settlements) and 600 B.C.
(the time of the decline of Egypt), the pie is believed to have been passed
on to the Greeks by the Egyptians.
From Greece the pie spread to Rome, somewhere around 100
B.C. by which time pies had already been around for some 1000 years. The
first known pie recipe came from the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat
cheese and honey pie.
Pies appeared in England in the 12th century and were
predominantly meat pies. The crust of the pie was referred to as the coffyn
and there was generally more crust than filling. Sometimes these pies were
made with fowl and the legs were left outside the pie to act as handles. For
a long time the pastry crust was actually not eaten, serving only to
preserve the moisture and flavor of the filling.
Pies went to America with the first English settlers.
As in Roman times the early American pie crusts were not eaten, but simply
designed to hold the filling. Today, virtually every country in the
world has some form of pie.
I can only thank my ancestors
for bringing the pie to America. I was blessed to have a grandmother
who was masterful in baking pies. My favorite of all desserts is the
pie. It seems that I am fond of all types of pies including fruit,
custards, meat and even Quiche. You can't go wrong in making a pie for