5 iconic bakes from American diners and drive-ins

EEliza December 6, 2023 7:02 AM

America loves its diners and drive-ins. These establishments, often clad in flashy neon, have been serving comfort food to hungry patrons for decades. Let's delve into the world of American comfort food and learn about five iconic bakes that have become staples at these eateries. We also provide you with recipes to recreate these classics at home. So, put on your apron, preheat the oven, and let's start baking some memories!

1. Apple Pie

No list of American baking would be complete without the classic apple pie. This dish is so beloved it's often referred to as 'as American as apple pie'.


  • Ingredients: apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, pie crust dough.
  • Instructions: Mix chopped apples with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Roll out your dough, place the apple mixture into the crust, and bake until golden brown.

2. Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chocolate chip cookie is another quintessential American bake. The recipe was created by Ruth Graves Wakefield when she ran out of baker's chocolate and used semi-sweet chocolate chips instead, creating a sensation.


  • Ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, chocolate chips.
  • Instructions: Cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, then gradually mix in the dry ingredients and chocolate chips. Drop dough balls on a cookie sheet and bake until golden.

3. Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and gravy is a classic Southern dish that has found its way into diners across the country. The fluffy biscuits and creamy sausage gravy make a comforting breakfast bake.


  • Ingredients: flour, baking powder, butter, milk, sausage, milk, flour, salt, pepper.
  • Instructions: Bake the biscuits. Brown the sausage, add flour to make a roux, then stir in milk and cook until thickened. Serve the gravy over warm biscuits.

4. Cherry Pie

The cherry pie is another iconic American dessert, especially popular in the Midwest. The sweet and tart cherry filling and buttery crust are a beloved combination.


  • Ingredients: cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, almond extract, pie crust dough.
  • Instructions: Mix pitted cherries with sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and almond extract. Pour into a pie crust and bake until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling.

5. Cornbread

Last, but not least, we have cornbread, a staple of Southern cuisine. This bread, made from cornmeal, is often served alongside chili or barbecue.


  • Ingredients: cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, butter.
  • Instructions: Mix the dry ingredients, then add the milk, eggs, and melted butter. Pour into a greased baking dish and bake until golden.

So there you have it, five iconic bakes from American diners and drive-ins.

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