Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream – they go together.
~ Nikki Giovanni
Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebrates the creation of what may be one of the world’s most delectable treats. It is not just a creation of artistry in flavor, though there is little as perfect as the rich flavor of sweetened cream combined with the tart and tangy flavor of perfectly ripened strawberries. For many of us these were a traditional part of growing up, and for others, it is a delicious treat yet to be experienced. Strawberry Cream Pie Day is an opportunity for both parties to experience this delicious treat, sometimes again.
History of Strawberry Cream Pie Day
The garden strawberry that we know today was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750’s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana (Virginia strawberry) from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis (Chilean strawberry), which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714. The plant is now accommodated worldwide for its fruit, and it is appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright color, juiciness, and sweetness. Today, the fruit is used in many things such as milkshakes, fruit juice, ice cream, preserves, and of course, pies.
The best things in life rise to the top and cream is a perfect example of this. The perfect cream for making a strawberry cream pie is sweet cream, a cream that was separated directly from milk rather than that which was skimmed from whey as part of the cheese making process. This lily white, rich and luxuriant substance is the perfect compliment to the bright lipstick red color of strawberries, and when combined with strawberries in a strawberry cream pie becomes heaven itself.
How to Celebrate Strawberry Cream Pie Day
Find your way to your favorite bakery and ask them to provide you with a luxuriant strawberry cream pie, and then take it home and enjoy it with friends. Or eat the entire thing yourself, we won’t judge you. You can also choose to make one yourself, with the simplest variety can be made from a box at the store, simply using a cream pie filling, an instant crust, and a can of strawberries in syrup. We encourage you to be bold, however, and look up a recipe such as the one here at Taste of Home, one of our favorite renditions.