For some people, American food means one thing: pies! There are so many to choose from over here, and most of them are actually quite famous around the world. They all have an American image and history, but also share the most important thing of all: a great taste!
Mississippi Mud Pie, as the name, suggests, originated in the state of Mississippi but has since became a firm favourite everywhere in the country – and even abroad. Mississippi mud pie is a chocolate-based dessert pie that contains a gooey chocolate sauce on top of a crumbly chocolate crust, and usually served with ice cream!
Key Lime Pie was first created in Florida, and uses exclusively the Key Limes that are grown in that region. In fact, if a pie like this doesn’t use key limes, then it cannot be called a true Key Lime Pie!
Pecan Pie is another well-known pie from the states and is made primarily with corn syrup and pecan nuts. It is popularly served for holiday meals and is also considered a specialty of Southern US cuisine. Most pecan pie recipes include salt and vanilla as flavouring, whereas chocolate and bourbon whiskey are other popular additions to the recipe. Pecan pie is often served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Buttermilk Pie was supposedly invented in the UK, but Americans love this custardy treat all the same! The basic filling of Buttermilk Pie consists of a mixture of sugar, butter, eggs, buttermilk, and wheat flour. The pie is best eaten at room temperature after being allowed to cool, but may be eaten either warm from the oven or after being chilled.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for some people is actually the ultimate American Pie. I haven’t ever tried it myself anywhere apart from in New York City, but with those kind of ingredients I am sure it is loved all over the world.
Pumpkin Pie is available all year round, but is especially popular over Thanksgiving period and of course around Halloween. The pie consists of a pumpkin-based custard, ranging in colour from orange to brown, baked in a single pie shell, and is generally flavoured with cinnamon, powdered ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Read more about my thoughts on Pumpkin Pie.
Sweet Potato Pie is a favourite of southern US states and is similar in many ways to pumpkin pie. Marshmallows are sometimes added as a topping. It is usually made as a large tart in an open pie shell without a top crust. The filling consists of mashed sweet potatoes, milk, sugar, and eggs.
So what is your favourite American Pie? There sure are many to choose from!