(Hint: try this topped with coffee ice cream, and an espresso- delicious!)
Mississippi Mud Pie
from the Newlyweds Cookbook
Cookie crumb crust
- 8 oz graham crackers crushed to make about 2 2/3 cups crumbs
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
Grease a 9-in springform pan and set aside.
To make the base, put the crackers in a food processor and blend until fine crumbs form. Alternatively, put the crackers in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a mixing bowl.
Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of steaming, but not boiling water and melt gently (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Remove from the heat, stir gently, then stir into the cracker crumbs. When well mixed, transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and using the back of a spoon, press onto the base and about halfway up the sides of the pan. Chill in the refrigerator while making the filling.
To make the filling, put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of steaming but not boiling water and melt gently (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Remove from the heat and stir gently, then let cool.
Put the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl and using electric beaters or mixer, beat until thick and foamy. Beat in the cream followed by the melted chocolate. Pour the mixture into the cookie crust and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until just firm. Let cool for a few minutes and then remove from the pan. Serve the pie at room temperature. The pie can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept, well covered, in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.