On the first Surreal Sunday of November we brunch on slices of crystal clear pumpkin pie. Simon Davies, Chef de Cuisine at Chicago’s Alinea restaurant, worked his culinary magic to create completely transparent pumpkin pie filling for the traditional autumn pie.
Actually it wasn’t magic at all which made the pie filling clear, but the science of molecular gastronomy. Davies used a rotary evaporator machine to create a liquid distillate of the traditional pumpkin flavor.
“We by no means are trying to re-create a classic. It’s just our way of having some fun (clearly our ideas of what is fun differ). These are the ingredients: pumpkins from and organic farm 20 miles outside of Chicago, cinnamon, clove, ginger powder, those ingredients are distilled (Wikipedia is a great source to read about what distillation is if you need to), AP flour, butter, water, heavy cream, Tahitian vanilla, sugar and salt.”