Now for dessert! America and Holland have both tried to claim this as their own, but back in the 14th Century in Great Britain, the first references to the Apple Pie were found, therefore spanning Shakespeare’s time.
The earliest recipe contained apples, spices, figs, raisins and pears, cased in pastry with a lattice top and saffron was used to give the pastry colour. Nowadays, everyone is quite satisfied with stewed apples in a sweet shortcrust pastry.
This is a pie that has stood the test of time, it is still enjoyed now and you can really customise it – have it hot or cold, with ice cream, whipped cream, pouring cream or custard!
Shakespeare actually referenced pies in Titus Andronicus – a line that really sums up the flexibility of pies, in that they can contain a whole food chain; “Why, there they are both, baked in that pie; Whereof their mother daintily hath fed, Eating the flesh that she herself hath bred.” See our British Pie Road Trip for more pie talk!