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Mississippi Mud Pie

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 25 chocolate wafer cookies (about half a 9-ounce package)
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, plus more for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 2 tablespoons, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, grind wafers and pecans until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter; process until moistened. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch pie plate; press into bottom and up sides (use the base of a dry measuring cup to help). Bake until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes; let cool.

  2. Step 2

    Place a large fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl; set aside. In a medium saucepan, off heat, whisk together 2/3 cup sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. A few tablespoons at a time, whisk in milk, being sure to incorporate the cornstarch. Whisk in egg yolks.

  3. Step 3

    Over medium heat, whisking constantly, cook mixture until the first large sputtering bubble forms. Reduce heat to low; continuing to whisk constantly, cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir in teaspoon vanilla and 2 tablespoons cold butter.

  4. Step 4

    Pour pudding into crust. Place plastic wrap directly on surface (to prevent skin from forming); chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. Just before serving, beat cream, remaining teaspoon sugar, and remaining teaspoon vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over pudding, and sprinkle with pecans.

Source
Everyday Food, July/August 2007

Reviews (4)

  • 17 Nov, 2010

    Why does it need to be put through a sieve? (step 2)

  • 28 Oct, 2008

    I have baked this pie many times and have never had any problems. It was definately the same recipe. Perhaps you did not put enough cornstarch in.

  • 26 Oct, 2008

    Very disappointing. Remained liquid and never set. I'm wondering if this is a wrong recipe as I now see there are TWO with the same name...

  • 1 Jul, 2008

    Wondering what kind of milk you suggest, whole milk or any kind??