Some are happy to see more baked goods made in the kitchen.
“We’re not there yet, but I think we are there,” said Linda Goudreau, an associate professor at the University of Victoria who studies food in the workplace.
“You want to make things easy, but you also want to take advantage of the flexibility of the kitchen.”
Goudsier said she likes the idea of a foodie’s pie, because it’s a relatively quick, low-calorie snack that can be shared with friends.
“If you don’t need to be on a diet, and you’re not in a crunch, you can eat a pie,” she said.
“There’s just something about it that is a little bit more playful.”
The pies are made by hand in the kitchens of some of Canada’s largest food retailers, including Loblaws, Coles, Costco and Metro stores.
The pies have a crust, a base, filling and a topping that is then covered with whipped cream, whipped egg whites and sugar.
They’re baked at temperatures ranging from 140 C to 165 C. There are about 2,000 baked goods in Canada, according to Statistics Canada, including many seasonal favorites like cookies, muffins, cakes, pies, croissants and ice cream sundaes.
There’s no shortage of ideas to go with it, but Goudsen said it can be hard to get started on a new baked goods concept.
“I think it’s really a matter of time before we see a food product that is baked with a variety of different kinds of ingredients and that’s actually served at home, with a touch of flavour,” she added.
Goudier said that while the pie is a simple dessert, she hopes that it becomes a cultural icon.
“People want to eat a different type of food than we do and I think this pie can be a vehicle for that,” she explained.
“It’s not just for people who like to eat more food, but also for people to try something different.”
In the U.S., apple pie is an American tradition.
It dates back to 1894, when apple growers in the northern United States started selling apple pies with their seeds and nuts in the same baskets as their produce.
The fruit was later shipped overseas and became known as the Christmas pie.
Groucho Marx famously ate a pie of apple pie for breakfast in 1937.
He is believed to have become a lifelong fan of the fruit.