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Our whole family loves Polly's. I have to admit that I love it so much that I sometimes eat there 3-4 times a week. It's also a great place for business lunch meetings, even breakfast business meetings. Our family regularly orders takeout and we just don't get tired of it. Wonderful food. Great staff.More
Apple pie is a symbol of America, but the most reliable historical records suggest that dessert pie was absent from the first Thanksgiving table. How is it that, centuries later, nearly every American household polishes off their harvest season feast with at least one freshly baked pie? Learn about the origins of one of America’s favorite desserts in this overview:
The First Pies
Pie has evolved drastically from its early days. In Medieval England, Britons enjoyed pies filled with minced meat. Variations on this dish are still popular today. Several centuries later, First Lady Martha Washington baked “pie of sweetbreads,” which was one of her husband George Washington’s favorite treats. The recipes stored in her Mount Vernon kitchen reveal that this dish was made primarily from sweetbread, egg, dough, and oysters.
If Mark Twain is to be trusted, America’s excellence in pie creation had far exceeded that of Europe by the time the second half of the 19th century rolled around. On a multi-month tour of Europe in 1878, Twain lamented the food he was missing at home in America. On his list of must-eats upon returning home were apple pie, peach pie, and several other types of pie.
Savory pies can still be found in America. Dessert pies, however, have become much more popular. Cooked up by restaurateurs and bakers alike, the pies that today’s consumers prefer are filled with apple, boysenberry, chocolate silk, or rhubarb.
Thankfully, today’s Americans are blessed with good pie that is never too far away. If you live in Southern California and find yourself craving a freshly baked pie, find out which of Polly’s Pies’ 16 locations is nearest to you. To speak with a friendly member of our team, give us a call today at (714) 459-5488. You can also take a look at our website to learn about our dessert pies.
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