Jan. 23 marks National Pie Day, and Crisco's Pie Hotline is live to answer common pie-baking questions. It's open from6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Monday through Friday. Call 1-877-FOR PIE TIPS (877-367-7438).
Here are tidbits of pie history, courtesy Crisco:
Before pie was America's favorite dessert, fruit pies were commonly eaten as part of breakfast in the 19th century.
The term, "as American as apple pie" traces back to 14th century England. The Pilgrims brought their pie-making skills, along with the apple seeds to America. As the popularity of apple pie spread throughout the nation, the phrase grew to symbolize American prosperity.
The term "upper crust" refers to early America when the economy was difficult and supplies were hard to come by. Only affluent households could afford ingredients for both the upper and lower crusts of a pie; thus, the term "upper crust" was born.
For recipes, visual demonstrations and helpful hints, go to Pie Central at www.crisco.com.