This Glowing Pie Is Straight Out of Science Fiction

This Glowing Pie Is Straight Out of Science Fiction

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Elizabeth Licata
Mar 27, 2018
(Image credit: @thepious/ Instagram)

If you want a pie that makes people say, "Whoa! How on Earth did they do that?" then you need to check out Pies Are Awesome on Instagram. They just posted a lemon pie that glows in the dark like something out of Tron and it's totally blowing my mind.

This might be the nerdiest pie I have ever seen, and I am completely in love with it.

Pies Are Awesome is run by pie artist Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, who has made everything from Disney Princess pies to pies that are shockingly life-like portraits of celebrities like Oprah and David Bowie. Her latest work is a lemon pie designed to celebrate both Easter and the new Tron toy set from Lego, while also showing off this stunningly cool UV-reactive pie filling technique that makes the pie look like magic.

"There are two special things coming this Sunday: Easter, and the new 'Tron Light Cycle' set from Lego!" she wrote. "I couldn't decide which I'm more excited for, so I settled on making a pie celebrating them both."

Clark-Bojin says she'll have a more traditional Easter pie on the way this week. But for now, it's all about this fantastic cyber egg that actually glows under UV light, but it's still completely edible.

Clark-Bojin is a pie genius, and she developed this glowing-pie technique by creating a jelly out of tonic water and lemon juice. The quinine in the tonic water makes it glow blue under UV light, but it's safe to eat and tastes like citrus jelly.

To make it, she boils tonic water, then adds lemon juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Then she adds agar-agar powder and stirs until that dissolves. Then she lets it chill in the fridge for half an hour until it turns into a jelly. She puts the lemon-flavored filling — which looks like plain clear jelly in regular light — in the pie, and as soon as she turns on the UV light, her pie looks like it's ready to defend the internet from evil.

"If Tron-themed Easter dinners aren't in your future, you can always keep this technique in your back pocket for the next glow party/potluck rave you get invited to!" Clark-Bojin says.

The technique is perfect for Tron, but you could use this idea for anything you wanted to make look impressive and otherworldly, as long as it's something that would taste OK with a bit of citrus jelly on it.

What do you think of this glowing pie?

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