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National Pumpkin Pie Day – December 25

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Pumpkin pie appeals to many senses.

Jeslie Avestruz, Staff writer

Pumpkin pie is generally eaten during the holidays in the fall and early winter. Not only is it a delicious dessert, but it actually has earned National Day status!

National Pumpkin Pie Day is celebrated on December 25. For many, pumpkin pie is a traditional dessert on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Even the pumpkin itself is a symbol of harvest, popular décor around Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin pie is found as part of the Thanksgiving dinner tradition as early as the 17th century, when the pilgrims brought it to New England. Originally, the pumpkin pie was created by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices, and sugar, and then baking it whole.

For a simpler recipe, the pulp of the pumpkin (canned or fresh) is mixed with eggs, evaporated and/or sweetened condensed milk, and sugar. The pies are typically flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Pour it into a pie crust – store bought or made from scratch, and be sure to have some whipped topping on hand.

Pumpkin is used for so much more than pies. Every year, anticipation builds for pumpkin spice flavors at Starbucks and other restaurants. It can also be found in foods like pudding, ice cream, cheesecake, pancakes, candy, and even beer. It has even become a popular seasonal scent for candles or hygiene products, making our homes have that comforting bakery scent.

You can celebrate National Pumpkin Pie Day earlier. Throughout the holidays, enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Share a good safe time during the dessert filled season with others around you.

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