National Pie Day will be celebrated by members of the Extension and Community Association (ECA) on Tuesday, January 24th beginning at 12:00 noon at the James Warren Citizens Center in Lincolnton. ECA members bake more than 30 different pies each year and offer taste samplings to the public. There is no charge for pie sampling, but a recipe booklet with all the recipes included from the tasting will be available for $3.00. Also included in the booklet is a special recipe for making pie dough which was handed down by Florence Haynes to her daughter, Claudean Elmore, an ECA member from Crouse.
In the mid 1940â€™s, Florence Haynes worked as a dietician for the North State Hotel, which stood at the corner of West Main and Government Street (the site where the James Warren Citizens Center stands now). Mrs. Lawing, the owner of the North State Hotel, gave Florence Haynes a cook book when the hotel closed. The dough recipe was handwritten by Florence Haynes in that book. Since then, the book was passed on to Mrs. Elmore.
In the early 80â€™s, the Extension Homemakers started using the dough recipe for making their fried apple pies and whole apple pies for fundraising. These pies were sold at the Apple Festival. The photo included is of ECA members learning how to make the special dough recipe which is also used in making homemade pies for National Pie Day.
For more information, please contact Melinda Houser, Family and consumer sciences agent, NC Cooperative Extension â€“ 704-736-8461.