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Celebrate National Pie Day With Fetch

By David

January 2, 2024

National Pie Day is January 23rd, and it has been since the 1970s. Is today national pie day? Probably not (it’s just one day), but it might be National Apple Pie Day or National Cherry Pie Day. If you’re asking yourself what National Pie Day is, Fetch is here with all you need to know.

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When is National Pie Day?

Charlie Papazian (nuclear engineer, brewer, lover of pies) founded the holiday in Boulder, Colorado during the 1970s, on his birthday: January 23rd. The holiday hit the mainstream when the American Pie Council claimed it in 1986, and pie lovers everywhere celebrate each and every year. 

You might have heard that National Pie Day is March 14th, but that’s actually National Pi Day, for the mathematical constant 𝞹. People do tend to eat pie on National Pi Day, as it’s often preferable to doing math.

Picture of lattice crust pie with text reading, "National Pie Day is January 23rd"

What is National Pie Day?

National Pie Day is just what it sounds like: a day for the celebration and eating of pie. It’s also a great day to learn how to make a pie.

Do the Most Popular Pies Have Their Own Day?

One day isn’t enough for pie, especially beloved pies like these. Celebrate all year long, from National Banana Cream Pie Day (March) to National Lemon Meringue Pie Day (August) to Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving and Christmas at the end of the year.

When is National Apple Pie Day?

National Apple Pie Day is May 13th, and remember to use Granny Smith apples if you want a more flavorful pie.

When is National Pecan Pie Day?

National Pecan Pie Day is July 12th, and we recommend pairing a slice with your favorite coffee.

When is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day?

Maybe you love it or maybe you’d rather it only have one day a year; whatever your feelings, National Lemon Meringue Pie Day is August 15th.

When is National Blueberry Pie Day?

National Blueberry Pie Day is on April 28th, during peak blueberry season.

When is National Banana Cream Pie Day?

You can pretend dessert is healthy on March 2nd, National Banana Cream Pie Day.

Your Favorite Pie Has a Day, We Promise

Are you a fan of cherry pie? Then your day is February 20th. Prefer a peach pie? It comes on the heels of lemon meringue on August 24th. Pumpkin pie is beloved through most of autumn, so I wouldn’t worry too much that National Pumpkin Pie Day is overshadowed by other celebrations on December 25th.

How to Make Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie with Fetch

National Sweet Potato Pie Day is August 15th. National Cook a Sweet Potato Day is February 22nd. Either day is a great time to gather the ingredients for grandma’s old-fashioned sweet potato pie and get to baking. Not sure how to make a pie? We’ve got your recipe right here.

Ingredients for Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

You can save money on groceries and still come home with more than the essentials when you make Fetch your go-to grocery app. Or maybe the ingredients for grandma’s old-fashioned sweet potato pie are essential in your home. If you want to make this classic pie, you’ll need:

Pie Dough Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (chilled, in ¼-inch pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening (chilled)
  • 4 – 5 tablespoons ice water

Sweet Potato Filling Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar (packed)

For more flavor, consider cinnamon, ginger or cloves alongside the nutmeg, and top the pie with toasted nuts after it’s baked.

Printable Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Grocery List

Grocery list with ingredients needed to make Grandma's Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Your grandma’s old-fashioned sweet potato pie recipe is probably one of your favorites, and we’re adding it to our favorite recipes, too. Our grandma’s recipe is lost to time, but Kitchen Divas’ Karin and Ken have one we’ve fallen in love with. Here’s a quick peek (check out their full recipe for more):

Making your crust:

  1. Mix flour, salt and sugar in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  2. Add ¼-inch chunks of butter and pulse a few more times.
  3. Add shortening and pulse until the mixture is pale yellow.
  4. Pour your ice water over the mixture evenly and knead into a 4-5 inch ball.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (good for up to 2 days).
  6. Allow to come to room temperature before using.

Baking that sweet potato pie:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375.
  2. Place your crust into a pie plate.
  3. Put a layer of heavy-duty foil over the pie crust.
  4. Weigh the foil down with dried beans or uncooked rice and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and weights, then bake until golden brown (8-10 minutes).
  6. Pierce your sweet potatoes with a fork, place on paper towels, and microwave for 5 minutes.
  7. Flip each potato over and cook until tender (another 5 minutes or so).
  8. Allow potatoes to cool.
  9. Cut each potato in half and scrape the inside into a bowl.
  10. Add butter and mash until only small lumps remain.
  11. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, egg yolks, sugar, nutmeg and salt.
  12. Add bourbon, molasses, vanilla and milk.
  13. Slowly add the egg mixture to sweet potatoes.
  14. Place your partially baked crust back in the oven until warm (5 minutes or so).
  15. Sprinkle brown sugar across the pie crust.
  16. Pour sweet potato mixture into your pie crust.
  17. Bake for 45 minutes.
  18. Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing and serving.

Build Your Grocery Shopping List in the Fetch App for Max Points

When you make your shopping list in the Fetch receipt app, you’ll get helpful tips on which foods and brands can earn you some extra points at nearly every grocery store. And with Fetch as your grocery app co-pilot, we’ve got your list started for you, too: pie crusts, lots of pie crusts.

Now preheat that oven and get to baking!

Topics: Food and Drink, Shopping Lists



David Fairbanks is a writer, science educator and Chicagoan fueled by coffee. He's written about everything from Ferraris to handcrafted pet urns to Superman, and he genuinely loves loyalty/rewards programs.

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