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Celebrate National Pie Day

Americans Celebrate “National Pie Day” on January 23.

Pieter Claesz, Still Life with Peacock Pie, 1627

Crystal King

Crystal is a teacher and an author whose writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language and culture of Italy.

Americans Celebrate “National Pie Day” on January 23.

Renaissance Neapolitan Pizza (Fruit Nut Pie)

This sweet Renaissance Neapolitan Pizza (Fruit Nut Pie) recipe from Naples, (the birthplace of the modern pizza,) is adapted from the 16th Century cookbook by famed Renaissance chef Bartolomeo Scappi. His monumental cookbook, Opera dell’arte del cucinare, was published. in 1570. The first “celebrity chef!” The world’s first fully illustrated cookbook.

Bartolomeo Scappi Renaissance Cookbook

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 200° C (400° F). Using a food processor, grind together the almonds, pine nuts, dates, figs, and raisins. You may need to work in batches because these are dense, sticky ingredients.

2. Add the egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon, ground cookies, rosewater and butter and mix until it forms a thick paste.

3. Fill the pie crust with the mixture. Bake for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 160 C° (325° F) and bake for another 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. This pie is equally good hot or cold. Store in the refrigerator.