The king of the mother of all pies will only take credit for its invention, not its creation. But it takes a real genius to imagine a "Quad Pie
," a sugary disaster comprised of four separate quadrants of different flavored pies.
Asylum caught up with the Quad Pie's inventor, Rich from Washington, D.C
., to get the skinny on the most fattening pie ever made.
"I was talking with a girl I was interested in," Rich tells Asylum, "and I made a bet with her that if I could finish painting my bedroom by 3 a.m. Monday morning, she would have to bake me a pie. It was just a bet to try and get her to make a pie, and I won. Then I had to figure out what kind of pie."
So rather than have the girl he was courting
, Maggie, make him a standard pie, Rich decided to think bigger.
"One day, I thought, 'I want to make it four flavors,' so I came up with the Quad Pie," says Rich. "The pecan pie, key lime, cherry
and chocolate pudding pie with whipped cream on an Oreo crust are my favorite pie flavors, and I wanted a good balance. Maggie is an engineer and she loved the challenge, so she came over to make it for our first date."
Keep reading to find out the challenges of creating the only Quad Pie to exist (so far).
Here's the breakdown:
: cherry or blueberry with crumble top on standard crust
: pecan with no top on standard crust
: key lime on graham cracker crust with glazed lime wedges or fruit compote
: chocolate pudding with a whipped cream top on an Oreo crust.
"Maggie came over to make the pie and I gave moral support," says Rich. "She made these edible walls, and when she started with the pecan filling we had an issue with the pie's structural integrity, but we quickly recovered."
Beside the trouble of keeping the quadrants separate, the pair had to make sure the separate parts baked correctly.
"It was hard to keep the fillings fresh and cook the different quadrants at the right rate," says Rich. "The crust was the same, but it had to go in the oven four or five times. Maggie gets 100 percent for the labor. I'm just the idea man, although it was pretty strenuous taking so many pictures."
Incredibly, after about five hours, the pie emerged from the oven as Rich had imagined.
"It was sugary and glorious," says Rich, "and any single bite could probably bring the onset of diabetes. The middle square was the best slice, and I made a point to get a bit of each on my fork, and I tasted each of the four flavors. It was just great."
"It was a tremendous feat," says Rich. "But we are out of the Quad Pie–making business. I'm hoping someone else will attempt it."
Your challenge is clear, Asylum readers. Let us know in the comments if you are brave enough to follow in Rich and Maggie's (now his girlfriend) bold footsteps with a Quad Pie of your own.