Pumpkin pie is utterly essential to the atmosphere of Fall. The fragrance has been co-opted into every kind of candle, air freshener and room spray imaginable, and the flavor is bastardized and used in syrup form to make coffee, ice cream, and even cream cheese taste like the iconic dessert.
And then there’s the actual pie itself, which is, of course, one of the requisite fixtures at Thanksgiving dinners.
What I’m saying is, there’s a lot of tradition in the pumpkin pie. So, that might explain why everyone is freaking out over a new pumpkin pie that seems to complete subvert how we view the dessert.
Upscale Chicago restaurant Alinea is now offering a new twist on the autumnal tart: a clear pumpkin pie that will straight-up break your damn brain.
Contrary to how it might appear, it’s not made using voodoo.
Alinea chef Simon Davies told Instagram commenters that the pie was made with a “distillation of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and clove.” According to BuzzFeed, the concentrated, flavored liquid is produced using a rotary evaporator machine.
Davies also assures everyone that the consistency isn’t gummy or chewy, and that the pie actually melts in your mouth. “Texture is very important to us,” he told a commenter. “This melts away. If it were over-gelled it would not be worth serving. The main texture that brings on nostalgia is from the pate brisee.” (AKA, the pie dough.)
Twitter is torn about this unusual pie. Some people are intrigued by and open to the idea of eating a transparent dessert.
Others, however, wish that they could throw the pie in the garbage.
Everyone can agree that the pie is an excellent source for parody, though.
I’m not sure if this clear pie can hold a candle to the original, opaque version — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious in its own right. (Even if it looks totally freaky.)