The history of pies have been around for thousands of years, we know this, since the ancient Egyptians kept records of their practices.
Pie is included along with all the mysteries and charm of those long ago days.
The Egyptians would fill their pies with such ingredients as honey, fruit and nuts. The visitors to Egypt learned as many of their secrets as possible. The ancient Greeks liked the idea of pie and took the recipes home with them, then surrendered the recipes to the Romans, who thought so much of pie as to make offerings of pie to their deities. The pies during this period were made by a flour-water paste wrapped around meat; tis served to cook the meat and seal in the juices.
The Roman statesman, Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149 B.C.), also known as Cato the Elder, wrote a treatise on agriculture called De Agricultura. He loved delicacies and recorded a recipe for his era’s most popular pie/cake called Placenta. They were also called Libum by the Romans, and were primarily used as an offering to their Gods. Placenta was more like a cheesecake, baked on a pastry base, or sometimes inside a pastry case.
The delights of the pie spread throughout Europe, via the Roman roads, where every country adapted the recipes to their customs and foods. Since then the rich history of pie has grown while traveling to many different lands, many people enjoy pie.
American pies are basically a depression era device for salvaging unsaleable fruit, or in the case of Sweeny Todd, an environmentally conscious disposal method. Pies have a good value proposition during down times and they’re wholesome too!
As you can see, the pies have been around for many years and some people actually prefer pie over cake. Enjoy!