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As American As Apple Pie

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     challenging words:    Crabapples, motherhood, streusel, prosperity, diplomatic, wholesome, lattice, geographical, coffin, filling, generally, pennsylvania, colonial, concept, pastry, tops
     content words:    Pennsylvania Dutch, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Martha Washington, United States


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As American As Apple Pie
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Where did the dessert we call apple pie come from? According to historians, the earliest apple pie recipe was found in a cookbook as early as the 14th century. The first apple pies did not contain sugar. Sugar was expensive and hard to get at the time. The earliest form of apple pie was served in a pastry called a "coffin." It was used only to hold the filling.
 
2     By the mid 1500's, sugar became more available. It was used in both the pie and the pastry. The apple pie recipe now included both sugar and cinnamon. The pastry was the sweet part of the recipe.
 
3     Crabapples were the only variety of apple native to America. Crabapples are small and not very sweet. The English colonists brought apple seeds with them and planted apple trees. Along with the seeds came recipes for apple pie. Pennsylvania Dutch women created delicious fruit pies. Their apple pies included lattice tops, streusel, crumb crusts, and the two-crust pies that were similar to those we see today.

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