Immersion Pie Featuring Freud, Elephants, Polar Bears, and Noah’s Ark

This story was shared by Rabbi Y.Y. Jacobson, a fantastic public speaker with a great sense of humor. A renowned psychologist was giving a lecture on his theory of the flood. According to him, a myth about the flood of catastrophic magnitude has been present in every culture and religion in the world. He postulated that it was primitive people’s way of expressing their insecurities and fears for the future. He unequivocally stated that there has never been an actual flood. One of his listeners asked permission to comment.

“And what if there really was a flood? What if it isn’t a myth?” he asked.

A stunned silence enshrined the audience of professional, highly educated men. After a prolonged pause, the lecturer replied, “My teacher Zigmund Freud would ask who is stronger, elephants or polar bears. He would then answer that it is impossible to judge as they never meet; they exist in different climates. You and I, sir, are an elephant and a polar bear; we exist in different climates: you allow that the flood might have happened, and I don’t. We will never meet.”

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There are several different locations where Noah, a righteous man in his time, supposedly parked the Ark when flood waters receded. Amateur archaeologist Ron Wyatt, among others, claimed that he found the remains of the Ark and some artifacts to prove the veracity of his findings. His discovery has been highly disputed, but the location is spot on: Mount Ararat, as it is identified in Parshas Noah (the view is from Armenian capital Yerevan). The following video is shot by a drone flying over Wyatt’s discovery.

Take it with a grain of salt, if you will, but today hardly anybody disputes the flood itself. “Now the earth was corrupt in G-d’s sight and was full of violence” (Genesis 6:11), He got outraged, and set out to obliterate everything. It was a total immersion: “The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth… and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered” (Genesis 7:18 and 7:19). We can’t help but reflect upon the Biblical flood as thousands of people in Huston are trying to cope with a disaster of the same nature, torrential rain that flooded the city, leaving its inhabitants, human and animal alike, homeless and in need of help.

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Among many photographs of immersed buildings and drowned cars, there are quite a few of “modern Noahs,” righteous among the people of our times, boating four-legged friends to safety. As the waters are receding now in Huston, and relief is pouring in, this Immersion Pie might serve as a reminder to love and care for each other and all His creatures.

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The idea is to imitate earth boiling under torrential water, so there is no crust. You mix spelt or gluten free flour with soy or almond milk,  add some brown sugar and cinnamon, a little baking powder, and a pinch of salt.

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You can immerse any berries or diced fruit, but blueberries are still in season, huge and juicy, so first I immersed them into a mix of vanilla extract and brown sugar. They should sit and contemplate their fate, while you are mixing the rest of the stuff. After all, Noah spent 120 years building the Ark, to give people a chance to abandon their corrupt ways and make corrections, so give your blueberries a chance for 10 – 15 minutes.

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Since my first rule of dessert clearly states that it’s not a dessert if it doesn’t have chocolate, I also mix in unsweetened cocoa powder. It looks like mud already!

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The process of immersion is about to start! Melt Smart Balance or any butter substitute of your choice and pour it into a pie baking form. Pour your mud – batter, that is! – into it and spread it evenly. Empty your blueberries, juice and all, on top of batter and also spread them evenly.

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Let it bake at 350 F for an hour or so, and the immersion will occur naturally while you are not even looking – the batter will rise and cover most of the berries. There is another, much more positive meaning of the term total immersion. It is one of the most effective methods of language acquisition: drop a person into target language environment where nobody speaks his native language or any other language he knows, and, according to S. Krashen’s Natural Language Acquisition theory, he’ll start communicating in target language. It’s a sink-or-swim method, and Krashen is right: in about three months, give or take, they start swimming, i,e, talking. By the same token, I choose to believe that dropping a person into a loving environment full of kindness will force him to acquire the same behaviors. From there – Existence Precedes Essence! – is only one step from behaviors to attitudes, and from attitudes to values!

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So sprinkle some more cocoa powder on top – the more chocolate, the better! – add some crushed walnuts, if you like, and cut yourself a nice juicy piece of the Immersion Pie – total immersion in love and kindness!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup fresh berries or any fruit cut into small chunks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup spelt or gluten free flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ cup soy or almond milk
  • ¼ cup Smart Balance or other butter substitute
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder plus more to sprinkle
  • Optional crushed walnuts

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
  • Mix berries with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and vanilla extract, put aside for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, and cinnamon,  add soy or almond milk. Do not over-mix.
  • Melt Smart Balance, pour into the bottom of baking pie form. Pour batter over melted Smart Balance, spread evenly. Spread berries, including juice, on top of batter, spread evenly.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown and crisp around the edge.
  • Remove, sprinkle with cocoa powder and crushed walnuts. May be served warm or cold.

Enjoy!

 

 

48 Comments Add yours

  1. Mr. Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  2. I love how you connect your cooking to stories. This recipe reminded me of a similar cake/pie my mom used to make with sour cherries. I am going to try it. Sorry about my screw ups on my blog.

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    1. Thank you so much, darling! Yes, we also made it with sour cherries, and sometimes with cranberries. But it’s so good with blueberries! I have not seen any screw ups on your blog; I think you are doing great!

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      1. Sounds yummy! I am definitely going to give it a try. Thank you for your nice words. You are such a nice lady!

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      2. Thank you sweetheart!

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  3. I love how you connect your cooking to stories. This recipe reminds me of a cake/pie my mom used to make with sour cherries. I am going to try the blueberries. Sorry about the screw ups on my blog. I think this may be the second time I am commenting on this post.

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    1. It is, so what! It’s nice to see a lovely comment the second time.

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  4. Array says:

    Great yummy recipe! I love blueberries! Interesting that Noah’s ark actually existed. I thought it was a fable and that it was “not real” though recorded in the bible. Hmm…my understanding of the bible is not good..pardon me.

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    1. The ark existed, but nobody is sure that what they see on Mount Ararat is the Ark and not a weird rock formation. It’s a controversy at this point.

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      1. Garfield Hug says:

        Oh I see!! Thanks for explaining. ☺

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      2. My pleasure, dear! Have a great day 😻

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  5. Another great sounding recipe, Dolly, with your trademark fascinating intro and segue. I especially loved your kindness total immersion theory. The video was quite a trip — where do you/how do you FIND these things?
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    1. Thank you so much, Madelyn. The theory is not all that revolutionary, if you think of it in terms of brain functioning and habit forming. I used to walk into classrooms in my school in the morning and tell kids to smile. Smile, no matter what happened at home in the morning or the night before. Turn to your classmate and smile even if you don’t like him! Guess what – he can’t help it but smile back. Don’t you feel better already? Now, if he asks you for a crayon, how could you refuse someone who just smiled at you? Etc.
      Existence Precedes Essence! That’s why we had so many team building activities where we literally taught love and kindness, like you would teach a toddler to button his shirt. That’s why, as more and more of my former students get married, they manage to build wonderful loving families, thank G-d!

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  6. Osyth says:

    Oh please – pass me that pie! Of course, I loved the story too but the pie has somehow eclipsed all reason here …. it must be made! BTW … September 6th is the date for your little gift 🎁

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    1. Gift? Oh wow! What gift? We cats love gifts! 😻
      This is the easiest dessert you’ll ever make: mix batter, throw your favorite berries or fruit on top, and put it in the oven. We used to make it during the summer with sour cherries or plums.

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      1. Osyth says:

        The myrtilles are plentiful here at the moment (who knew they collect them with a special wooden rake?) and the plums are coming in in their tonnes too – I feel this will get more than a few outings! Don’t get too excited pussy-cat … I wouldn’t want to disappoint!

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      2. The only time I get disappointed is when the dough doesn’t rise and I am out of time to make another batch! 😻

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      3. Osyth says:

        Oh you sound like Martine The pâtissière in my village in le Cantal. I always have a croissant 🥐 once a week when I am there normally on market day which is Thursday. One morning I dropped in and she looked as though the sky had fallen on her head … I asked for my usual croissant and she said ‘I must give you two’ ‘why?’ I asked … ‘because the dough didn’t rise properly and they are flat’ she declared. Well I must think of my waistline and I am certain someone else will want to buy one too I said. ‘It is the greatest horror, she said. I am SO sorry. And I cannot take money for a flat croissant without giving you another’. She looked so sad, and so insistent that I acquiesced. Needless to say they may not have been the puffiness or perkiness croissants of my life, but she is a wonderful baker and they were delicious. Both of them. Which I was forced to eat before 11 out of good manners 😂

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      4. This is hilarious and so French – so in character! An American baker would either not sell it to you at all, or not charge you at all, if you insisted on having your croissant.
        I did over-baked a second batch of Pozharski cutlets once, but it was my brother who was disappointed because he had been looking forward to having that second tray all to himself while the rest of the guest would share the first one. 😻

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      5. Osyth says:

        Ton pauvre frère! I thought you might enjoy the story … you are one who would absolutely get it and you do!!

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      6. Well, it only did him good to eat some vegetables, and I had a nice selection of salads on the table! He made up for his loss, never fear, when I served dessert – my grandmother’s Mishka cake, triple chocolate!

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      7. Osyth says:

        That made me laugh OUT loud! 😂

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      8. I am glad! I like making people laugh! 😻

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      9. Osyth says:

        The greatest gift, the most powerful medicine 🙂

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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  7. Fully immersed in Love by this story and the dessert too ! Yum!

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    1. Thank you, dear Mel! I wish more people were immersed in love instead of hatred and violence! 😻

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  8. Meir Weiss says:

    Reblogged this on Meir Weiss/z 's Blog and commented:
    bh like wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! new recipe and new wp theme on blog mazel tov happy healthy new year

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging and a great introduction! G’mar Chasima Toiva!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear; I am so glad you like it!

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  9. A delicious looking recipe and a fascinating video – thank you so much for sharing :o) xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Xenia; I am so glad you like it!

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  10. That is a good comparison from the Rabbi. But I’m trying to wrap my head around a Rabbi that denies the Flood. How can you be a Rabbi, and not believe the Torah???
    The pie looks good, as always!!

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    1. It wasn’t a Rabbi who denied the Flood; it was a famous psychologist, one of Freud’s students. And you are absolutely right -one can’t be a Rabbi and not believe The Word of The Living G-d!
      You can make this pie soooo easily, and it’s soooo purple! 💜

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      1. Oh, ok!! I got confused there for a minute!! Whew!!
        Yummy!! Purple pie!!

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      2. Go for it girl friend – enjoy! 😻

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  11. A lovely post, as are all of yours. The pie was a bonus. I look forward to immersing myself in it! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna; you are very kind!

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  12. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    As we were driving home from New York, on the way back from vacation in Boston, we got caught in a torrential rain, with flood warnings broadcasted on every device but a hair dryer. We did make it safely to our next stop, thank G-d, and then home, but it reminded me of the Huston tragedy that had happened almost a year ago. Here is a simple, but delicious dessert I had created literally “in the wake” of the Huston flood.

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, John!

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