On April 28th, the motto of the curious public holidays from all over the world is once again: Hurray for cake. Because this date is celebrated by the USA as their national day of the blueberry pie or blueberry pie or National Blueberry Pie Day. This article examines what this food holiday from the United States is all about and why this further cake day of honor deserves a permanent place in the collection of world culinary days. Good Appetite. So why are we celebrating the combination of blueberries and cake today?
Who Started National Blueberry Pie Day?
If you take a first look at the existing sources, the background or origins of the National Blueberry Pie Day do not seem to be particularly well documented. Rather, most of the popular online calendars and websites on the subject of food holidays refer to an unsuccessful research into a possible initiator and the exact year of foundation.
Actually astonishing. Because on closer inspection, from my point of view, a lot speaks for the American food blogger John-Bryan Hopkins as the initiator of National Blueberry Pie Day. Hopkins from Alabama has launched numerous food holidays of his own since 2005/2006 and, with his blog foodimentary.com, is a real authority on culinary holidays.
The oldest contribution to the Blue Berry Cake Day comes from April 28, 2012; although it is not entirely clear whether this is actually the first edition of this culinary event. The data from Google Trends suggests that the search term National Blueberry Pie Day generated the first relevant interest in organic search as early as May 2004. Since this record but not further back than 2004, an older Year can not be excluded (see also the list of additional links below and the contribution to the US day of the blueberry pancake (Engl. National Blueberry Pancake Day) on January 28) ).
Why does National Blueberry Cake Day fall on April 28th in the United States?
In contrast, however, there is no reason for the selected date. Even against the background of the assumption that Hopkins is actually the initiator of this American national blueberry cake day, his post on foodimentary.com does not provide any justification for the chosen date of April 28th.
Rather, the American has pointed out in several interviews that the occasions of this culinary collection are placed either according to seasonal reference or the existing gaps in the calendar. This against the background that at the start of foodimentary.com he could only find 200 well-known food holidays and filled the remaining days with his own holidays (see also the list of related links below). With the parallel April 28 in the United States celebrated National Superhero Day (dt. Day of superheroes ) seems to have at least nothing to do.
But the fact is that it’s about cake and in this respect the Americans already have a number of suitable occasions in their calendar. As an example, reference is made to the following dates:
- the day of the chocolate cake or National Chocolate Cake Day on January 27th,
- the day of the cherry pie or National Cherry Pie Day on February 20th,
- the day of the apple pie or National Apple Pie Day on May 13th or
- the day of cheesecake or National Cheesecake Day on 30 July.
Baking knowledge: data and facts about the blueberry cake that you have to know
As usual if there is no background information, it would be wise to limit oneself to the facts available and to approach the topic in a descriptive manner. Therefore, first of all, the question of what we mean by a blueberry or blueberry cake.
While in Europe and Germany we know different regional variants of this crumble cake and covered cake (e.g. the Saxon or Swabian blueberry cake), the recipes of which have been known in the German baking tradition since the late 18th century (e.g. the Recipes by Johanna Katharina Morgenstern-Schulze from 1785 or in Henriette Davidi’s “Practical Cookbook for Ordinary and Finer Cooking” from 1849), the blueberry cake enjoys nationwide popularity in the USA.
And with good reason. Because the blueberry or bilberry is one of the few native fruits of the North American continent that has made its way from the cuisine of the Native Americans to the menus of the modern United States. And after all, provides the blueberry because of their high vitamin content and variety of antioxidants good arguments to honor them with its own curious holiday (see also the contribution to the US Day of blueberries (Engl. National Blueberry Day) on July 8) . And it really doesn’t get any better than cake form. 😉
It is not for nothing that the so-called blueberry pie with American blueberries from Maine is considered the official state dessert of this state. And for those of you who have nothing to do with this blueberry cake combination, the cake holiday calendar will certainly offer enough alternatives.
Who wants to have of you more blueberries with cake, a look at the should day of blueberry cheesecake or National Blueberry Cheesecake Day on May 26 and the day of the blueberry muffins or National Blueberry Muffin Day on July 11,
With this in mind: Bon appetit and hurray for cake!
National Blueberry Pie Day : Best blueberry pie Recipe
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- For the double pie crust, first crush the flour, margarine and salt with a fork until a finely crumbly mixture is formed. Mix the egg and ice water and stir quickly into the dough with a fork and stir briefly by hand. Divide into 2 parts (1 part as the base, 1 part as the lid of the pie) and chill.
- In the meantime, mix the sugar, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon for the filling and mix with the berries.
- Now roll out the dough, use the first half to line a springform pan and add the filling. Then put the lid on the pie. The pie is baked in the lower part of the oven at 200 ° C for about 50 minutes until it is golden brown.
- It tastes best fresh out of the oven, thanks to the cornstarch the filling does not run.