Does this pie look like a semi-finalist?

13 Jul

Because it is!

Photo by Eating is Art blogger and photographer, Tricia Martin

This morning I read on the lovely Eating Is Art blog that my submission for this year’s Pietopia contest was selected as a semi-finalist.

Pietopia is an annual event in Portland, Oregon that asks the question, “What does your life taste like, in a pie?” A genius question, if I ever heard one. Part recipe contest, part food writing challenge, Pietopia brings together so many things I love: art, words, community, and baked goods (though mine is a frozen pie. It’s hot outside!).

I am so thrilled that my entry for Galaxy Pie was selected to go on to the next round of judging. I’m going out to Portland for work (and a wedding!), so regardless whether my pie wins, I’ll be sure to check out the event and report back.

Special thanks to Julia for pointing me towards the contest in the first place, and for testing the recipe at #FakeSpaceCamp this weekend (more on this in an upcoming post)!


4 Responses to “Does this pie look like a semi-finalist?”

  1. Tricia July 13, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    yaaaay! me too! I can’t wait to meet you 🙂

  2. ~Nilu~ July 7, 2016 at 12:37 am #

    Hi Hannah! You know what.. I tasted the Galaxy pie at the Pietopia contest in 2010! It was soo good! Can you please post the recipe here? It used to be on but that site is now shutdown so I lost your recipe 😦

    • Hannah Kane July 7, 2016 at 1:14 am #

      Thanks, Nilu! I’m glad you liked it. Here’s the original recipe I submitted to the contest:

      Stellar Gluten-free Ginger Snap Crust

      2 cups ground gluten-free ginger snap cookies (around 40 cookies) (Trader Joe’s brand are the best!)
      2 tbsp sugar
      1/3 cup butter, melted

      Preheat the oven to 350 F.
      Pulse the cookies and sugar in a food processor until you have fine crumbs. Slowly add the melted butter until moist clumps form.
      Press the mixture into a lightly greased pie plate.
      Bake until golden, about 8 minutes. Cool, like the crust of a newly-formed planet.

      Cosmic Cream Cheese Filling

      8 ounces heavy whipping cream
      8 ounces cream cheese, softened
      8 ounces sweetened condensed milk

      Whip cream until it forms stiff peaks.
      In a separate bowl, beat together cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
      Mix whipped cream with cream cheese mixture.
      Pour the cream cheese filling into pie crust, almost to the top.
      Freeze for at least 4 hours.

      Remove the pie at least 20 minutes before you serve it.

      Make the sauces on the stove:

      Caramel Swirl

      1 cup sugar
      1/4 cup water
      1 cup heavy cream
      1/2 tsp vanilla

      Mix the water and sugar in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
      Increase the heat and boil uncovered until the sugar turns a medium brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
      Slowly (and carefully) add the cream and the vanilla. Simmer until the sauce is smooth and thick.

      Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl

      4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
      1/3 cup sour cream
      1/4 cup granulated sugar
      1/4 cup brown sugar
      1/4 cup heavy cream
      1 tsp vanilla

      Slowly melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot water.
      Stir in sour cream, sugars and heavy cream.
      When fully blended, stir in vanilla.

      When the caramel and chocolate sauces are still warm, but not hot, drizzle in a swirled pattern over the cream cheese mixture.

      Throw a few pieces of a broken toffee bar on top if you like, to represent the randomness of the universe.



  1. Fake Space Camp « Everybody’s Invited! - July 20, 2010

    […] Trish made a great t.v.-style dinner and Julia made Galaxy Pie*! […]

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