Allen Hemberger
Andrea Romano
October 30, 2017

This is not your grandmother’s pumpkin pie.

Frankly, pumpkin pie — or pumpkin-flavored foods in general — can spark quite a debate. There seems to be no middle ground: You either love it or you hate it. But what do you do when your beloved (or despised) food gets a total makeover?

Enter clear pumpkin pie.

It’s chic. It’s surreal. It’s so very Instagramable. And it will give many people mixed feelings.

The pie concoction was created at Chicago-based Alinea. In an Instagram video, Alinea chef Simon Davies holds a tiny piece of gelatin pie with a seemingly normal crust and itty-bitty dollop of whipped cream on top.

Pumpkin pie for the fall menu. #surrealism

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“Pumpkin pie for the fall menu. #surrealism,” it says in the caption.

Davies explained in the comments how the pie is made with a “distillation of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and clove.”

“Texture is very important to us. This melts away,” he added. “If it were over-gelled it would not be worth serving. The main texture that brings on nostalgia is from the pate brisee.”

When he puts it that way, it sounds delicious.

Allen Hemberger

Despite it being a little unconventional, the pie does remind us a little of the equally Instagramable “rain drop cake” that took the internet by storm a few years ago. If we can love our gelatin as a cake, surely we can love it as pie.

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