First enjoyed in various forms in Egypt and Greece, ancient Rome perfected what we now know as the modern pie where it spread throughout Europe and the world. And the rest, as they say, is pie history.
Across the centuries and national boundaries, pies have come in many shapes and sizes, inspring recipes that range from traditional American apple pie and tarts — to dozens of variations on the theme including Cornish pasties, Mexican empanadas, Polish pierogi, and Italian Easter pie.
Today, the traditional pie remains a versatile entree, side dish or dessert that incorporates all kinds of meat (including beef, lamb, venison, chicken or turkey), cheese, nuts or fruit.
In North America, what first springs to mind when one thinks of pie is a delicious dessert filled with apples, cherries, blueberries, pumpkin and many more. In the US, mouthwatering regional favorites from the South like pecan pie, sweet potato pie, and Key Lime pie have been widely adopted by American families as their own nationwide.
Dessert pies have become so popular, in fact, that America boasts its own National Pie Day celebrating the sweet treat annually every January 23rd.
Around the Web, learn how to make your favorite pie with expert recipes and instructions, plus more about pie history, how to make the perfect pie crust, with related videos and photos in a virtual tour of pie worldwide:
Pie & pie crust recipes and instructions around the Web:
Food Timeline FAQs: pie & pastry - Here's a mini-encyclopedia of pie, including its early history in Europe, the UK and America, with a huge collection of popular recipes with complete instructions, related references and resources.
Making Perfect Pies - Check out the Epicurious guide to pie crusts, suggested pie making equipment and supplies, and a Top Ten list of dessert pie and tart recipes with photos and complete instructions.
Perfect Pie Crust Recipe - Find illustrated, step-by-step instructions with complete ingredients including how to prebake, how to make lattice top crust, tips on creating egg washes, plus suggested reading and related resources.
Dessert Pie Recipes - This one Includes Top 20 favorites, an overview with general tips on pie making, creating lattice crusts and crumb toppings, and related troubleshooting advice, plus hundreds of recipes and instructions for making apple, pumpkin, cherry, blueberry, lemon meringue and more, with star-rated visitor comments.
Meat Pie Recipes - Discover dozens of star-rated recipes for incorporating beef, lamb, chicken and more with instructions for fried meat pies, plus ethnic and regional variations including Italian, French meat pies, steak and kidney, French Canadian, empanadas, mince meat and related recipes.