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Our Cherpumple-Off Against Food52
Define Cherpumple? Sure, we can do that. It's like the turduckens of desserts. Let's start with the original Cherpumple (yes there was a forefather Cherpumple who spawned derivative Cherpumples); it was comprised of three layers of pie—pumpkin, apple, cherry—each baked into a layer of cake—spice, yellow, cherry, respectively—all stacked on top of each other. How do you... what the.. where is... Yes, all valid questions.
So when the ladies of Food52 challenged us to a Cherpumple-Off, we said, um sure, sounds fun. Sixteen hours of construction later, this is what Kenji came up with. Meet Sir Plumple, our Thanksgiving-inspired Cherpumple.
The Anatomy of Sir Plumple:
Top layer: Chicken pot pie baked into turkey-duck meatloaf (a turducken riff).
Middle layer: Green bean casserole pie baked into sage-sausage stuffing.
Bottom layer: Sweet potato pie baked into jalapeno cornbread.
Exterior: Mashed potato frosting, fried garlic sprinkles and a cranberry sauce and chives garnish forming the shape of the Serious Eats logo on top.
Note: all of the pies within were double-crusted.
Who Won? Check out the results over at Food52. We didn't get to try Food52's "Clananafouti Swamp Monkey" (and you thought Cherpumple was a mouthful) but it looks pretty darn epic. Not as epic as—spoiler alert!—our Sir Plumple though! (We won this round, woohoooo!)
Stay tuned: More on Sir Plumple and how you, too, can make one (but would you? really?) come November.