A staple of picnics and holiday dinner tables, the apple pie is a delicious baked pastry made with apples.
This yummy dessert is a comfort food enjoyed by many, and certainly has its place in the hearts – and stomachs of people around the world!
English apple pie recipes go way back in the history of England. In fact, the earliest apple pie recipe in the world is English, and dates all the way back to 1381!
This recipe includes ingredients such as spices, figs, raisins, and pears, in addition to apples.
The apple pie remains popular in England, and today’s English style typically uses layers of Bramley apple topped with a buttery pastry.
Other Apple Pie Styles
Of course, different countries have their own take on the traditional apple pie. These different styles include:
- Dutch Style: Either crumb or lattice style apple pies with flavorings like lemon juice and cinnamon. Other ingredients include sugar, raisins, butter, and almond paste, as well as apples.
- French Style: In addition to the regular apple pie presentation, the French have a unique take on the sweet dessert. It’s usually served upside down with caramelized apples.
- Swedish Style: Instead of the traditional ‘pie’, the Swedish style is technically more of an apple crumble than it is a pie. Breadcrumbs are often used rather than flour, and the pies are typically served with vanilla ice cream or custard.
An American Comfort Food
Brought to the American colonies by the Swedish, Dutch, and English between the 1600s and 1700s, the dessert became popular after fruit-bearing apple trees were brought across the Atlantic Ocean.
Finding An Apple Pie In Paris
If you’re looking for a sweet bite of apple pie, there are several Parisian boulangeries and patisseries that serve both French and English style apple pies.
Two that you may want to visit include:
- Boulangerie Julien, a boulangerie located at 75 rue Saint-Honoré, Châtelet/Les Halles
- Circus, a bakery located at 63 rue Galande, Notre Dame De Paris
A Dessert With American Flare
While it’s true that the apple pie is considered an American comfort food, something particularly unique about this pastry is that it’s sometimes eaten with cheese.
That’s right – an American tradition is to spread sharp cheddar cheese atop a freshly baked apple pie. The combination of flavors and textures is certainly one that’ll keep you coming back for more!
Make Your Own Apple Pie
Looking to try your hand at your own apple pie? Try this classic recipe that’s sure to make the apple pie a favorite in your home!
Apple Pie Variations
There are plenty of ways to spice up your apple pie:
- Add different fruit to your pie along with the apples. Pears, blueberries, and even strawberries can make a great addition to the filling!
- Get creative with your crust. Whether you take a lattice approach or a crumble approach for your pie, you’ll find the variation that works best for you and your family with a little experimentation.
Enjoy America’s Comfort Food
Whether you make your own apple pie or grab a slice from a nearby bakery, you’re sure to love this delicious baked treat!