JMU puts a new spin on a classic dessert

Published: Nov. 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM EST
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Students can take a piece of James Madison University home with them for the holidays. The university and dining services partnered to make a unique version of a classic Thanksgiving dessert.

It's a homemade pumpkin pie etched with the JMU logo. A laser heats the surface of the pie and etches any logo on top from files in a computer.

The idea came from a place on campus called X-labs. Tracing on a pie was something new to everyone involved.

"We went in and they showed us what we could do with a laser, making furniture and cutting out stencils. And they said 'We've got this great idea. We want to stencil on a pie'," Executive Pastry Chef Elizabeth Forsland says. "We said 'Well sure! We're always up for doing something different and new'."

These pies are on sale next week for $14.99 on the second floor of the student success center on JMU's campus.