This isn’t the mud pie of your youth where you whipped up a less-than-tasty concoction consisting of, well, mud. No one was clamoring to get a slice of this pseudo dessert after dinner! Fortunately, the “good old mud pie” of this post is a real dessert with lots of yummy chocolate and definitely no dirt.
Sometimes Mud is not Mud at All
First, let me say there are two distinct concoctions that are most often tagged as Mud Pie or Mississippi Mud Pie. One incarnation of the Mud Pie features a pudding or ice cream filling and the other is often dubbed Mud Cake for its cake-like brownie quality, and, just to make things interesting, sometimes this chocolate goodie is a hybrid of the two, but no matter what makes up the filling and/or crust, two ingredients are common to all and that is chocolate and whipped cream.
Where Did the Mud Pie Originate?
No one knows for sure who made the first Mud Pie, but it burst onto the scene in cookbooks and magazines in all its various forms en masse in the 70s. One commonality between the various versions was a crust or top of chocolate frosting that had the appearance of crackled Mississippi riverbank mud. Beyond that, the ingredients were widely varied featuring brownies, pecans, chocolate, and marshmallows, to name a few.
Making it on your Own
It takes an intermediate skill level and 25 minutes – 20 minutes to prep and approximately 5 minutes of cooking time — to whip up this tasty chocolate concoction and three hours total in the freezer. This makes 8 servings.
Begin by combining 1 cup of powdered sugar and 6 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Cut up a ½ stick of butter or ¼ cup of margarine, and add to the pan. Next, add ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream, and 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup. Stir continuously until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Next, remove the pan from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, stir until completely blended and allow the mixture to cool until it is slightly warm.
Trickle 1/3 of the mixed chocolate sauce into a prepared 9-inch chocolate crumb crust, or make your own using crushed chocolate sandwich cookies mixed with melted butter and pressed in a pie pan. Next sprinkle with ¼ cup of chopped nuts, top with 1pint of slightly softened coffee ice cream and freeze for 1 hour.
After one hour, remove the pie from the freezer and repeat the process, adding chocolate sauce, nuts, and ice cream, and return to the freezer for an additional 2 hours until completely solid. To serve, cut slices with a sharp knife dipped in warm water and top with whipped cream. Yum!
Nutritional information is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Each 1/8 serving has 630 calories, of which 340 calories or 58% comes from fat. Each 1/8 slice contains 20g or 102% of saturated fat, 145mg or 49% of cholesterol, 280g or 12% of sodium, 68g or 23% of carbohydrates, 15% vitamin A, 15% calcium, 2% iron, 54g of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.
As you can see from the nutritional documentation, this is a very decadent dessert, so enjoy it but do so in moderation. Best mud pie ever!