Recipe for Baking Earth Pie

Carl Sagan is credited with saying, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

So I thought, ‘Who isn’t up for a good geography lesson on the earth’s layers – while hanging out at the dinner table, eating a worthy illustration made of ooey-gooey pie?’ I figured we could have our pie and live on it too!


Brick oven in South Sudan

Insert two parts core.

Center, magnetize, stir

at faster rotational pace.

Layer mantle. Use

Easybake oven, circulating heat.

Add crust.

Thin, crispiness of

Continents, ocean floors,

oozing volcano pie.

Serve on tectonic plates.

Yei, South Sudan

Here’s to earth pie in your eye! -jody


The ingredients & recipe for Earth Pie were written in response to:

Trifecta’s weekend Trifextra Writing Challenge forty-nine: As you’ll recall from your elementary science class days, the structure of the earth can be divided most simply into three sections: core, mantle, crust.  (Diagram is below.) Give us 33 words from it.  Interpret the prompt however you wish–literal, metaphorical, or somewhere in between.

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti /



38 thoughts on “Recipe for Baking Earth Pie

    • Ah, “shoo”…my ego is spinning off its axis! hehe! These are such a great opportunity for us to share our expressions – and encouragement. Thanks for the dash you’ve added to my recipe today. 🙂 -j

  1. Very creative way to use a lot of technical terms while, at the same time, producing a fun read. Excellent effort!

  2. gotta watch out for those plates – sometimes they slip and all hell breaks loose – 🙂 fun take on the prompt

  3. I think you will love this, as relates to the Carl Sagan quote there at the beginning… 😉 Just thought I’d share it with you in case you may be interested to hear it, it is a great song and video! Enjoy. :

    I liked your piece by the way 🙂

    • What an awesome reminder of how significant our timing is – not that we are insignificant within such a vast creation. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! And let me send you a better PEACE than my first. Peace, -jody

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