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National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

Bavarian Cream Pies are celebrated today. It is fitting that today would celebrate a cream pie, as those are the type of pies usually used for pieing—throwing a pie in someone's face—and today just so happens to be Pie in the Face Day too. Cream pies are filled with custard or pudding that is made from milk, cream, flour, and eggs, and they usually are topped with whipped cream. Cream pies can have a standard pie crust made out of flour or lard, or can be made with graham crackers or crumbled cookies. Bavarian cream is used for this specific type of cream pie. Bavarian cream is made from milk thickened with eggs and gelatin, and it is folded—or combined to make a smooth mixture—with whipped cream. The cream is then poured in a pie crust, and refrigerated so it sets. Bavarian cream—also known as crème bavaroise or bavarois—was created in the early 19th century, and named for Bavaria. Marie-Antione Carême, an early practitioner of "grande cuisine" or haute cuisine"—which is the high art of French cooking—often made Bavarian cream, and is sometimes credited with its invention. Bavarian creams first appeared in the United States in the late 19th century, in cookbooks.

How to Observe

Celebrate the day by eating a Bavarian cream pie. Have a slice at a restaurant, buy one at a store or bakery, or make your own. The day could also be celebrated by pieing someone in the face with a Bavarian cream pie, as it is also Pie in the Face Day!

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