The last pie contest I entered was on February 11, 1990. This is a recreation of that pie. Here's what you need:
Step 1: Preamble: Thomas Edison's Birthday
When I was at Wesleyan, I took an American Studies class whose eccentric professor, Joe Reed, assigned us to make a pie in honor of Thomas Edison's birthday. After a screening of Young Tom Edison (starring Mickey Rooney) we all gathered back at Joe's house to sample pies and vote on a winner.
My pie was a largely improvised affair (in honor of Edison, but also due to my near complete indifference to baking) that I based loosely on a recipe pulled from a random cookbook and modified to conform with whatever ingredients I could find in the Alpha Delta Phi kitchen. Shockingly, this pie turned out pretty well. Joe Reed even had two pieces! It must have been the rum. Nevertheless, I lost the contest to Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Dillard's strawberry pie.
Step 2: The Mousse
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When I started making my original pie, I found I was missing a few critical ingredients in the recipe, BUT I found a container of chocolate mousse in the refrigerator and used that instead. In order to recreate that, you need to have some chocolate mousse, so here's how to make that:
Step 3: The Pie
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And now, the pie:
Step 4: A Note on Crunchberries!
The ungarnished pie looks a bit repulsive, no? To that I can only say:
Wow, what happened to crunchberries?
In 1990 they were bigger, round and came in red only. These just look like colored versions of the regular cereal. I also hear Quaker plans to stop "actively marketing" Cap'n Crunch which makes me wonder if even these crunchberry pretenders will not be much longer for the world.
In any even, fear not, any crunchy sugar cereal like Trix or Fruit Loops will be adequate for your pie.