April 22, 2008

Earth Day mud pie recipe

here's mud in your pie!

Remember as a kid when your favorite thing to do was play in the dirt — digging holes, building those mud drip castles, and making mud pies? Special for Earth Day, here's a grown-up version of mud pie just in time for all those eco-friendly celebrations out there.

I know, there's nothing about eating ice cream and chocolate that will save the planet. But as you gather with your friends to brainstorm easy ways to make the world a greener, healthier place (plant a tree! reuse that water bottle!), it doesn't hurt to indulge a bit, especially if it's superyummy.

Mud Pie
Chocolate wafer cookies are sold in the baking section of most supermarkets.

  • 1½ cups chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into tiny pieces
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 pint coffee ice cream, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlúa
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 cup whipping cream, plus 2 tablespoons
  • ½ cup dark corn syrup
  • 12 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate

Combine chocolate wafer cookies and butter and press into 9-inch pie plate. Place in freezer. Mix ice cream, Kahlúa and brandy. Whip 2 tablespoons whipping cream, fold in to ice cream mixture, and pour into pie shell. Cover and place in freezer. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup cream and corn syrup to a simmer in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Cool until lukewarm, about 20 minutes. Pour sauce over mud pie and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.

Posted by Grace on April 22, 2008 in Food and Drink

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Yum!! I'm ready to make one tonight!!

Mmmmm ... mud ...

or, you could eat something that is grown locally and sustainably (and, since we're talking chocolate here, without slave labor). why get together and brainstorm about making the earth a greener place while eating ingredients flown in from another continent? why not make the planet greener (and more humane) starting with your choice of what to eat?

JP, Good point! There's no reason why you can't use local, artisanal ice cream and choclate for this recipe (I did for the chocolate). Buying local is always good, and there's a web site that can help you find sustainable food in your hood. Just plug in your zip: www.eatwellguide.org.

OK, thank you for the giggle....Mud pie on Earth Day is absolutely GENIUS! :)

OMG i can't want to make this ...and eat it!

oh i remember the days i'd get all dirty and grimy from digging for earthworms and creepy crawlies. what a brave girl i was once! and then i'd return home to chocolate cookies and if i was really lucky, some fudge cake. this is amazing.
it's so pretty to look at i'm gonna make some now! x