I'm gearing up for a nervous breakdown. It's not here yet but I expect it to hit in about a week and it will probably require more than chocolate desserts to deal with. My best friend, Denise, is moving away. We've been together most of our lives, been through many of our "firsts" together, every joy, every broken heart, crushing disappointments and soaring achievements. And I don't know how to do without her. And don't tell me she's just a phone call or plane ride away because it's not the same.
So, when Denise and her husband, Craig, came over for a farewell dinner this weekend, I knew I had to try to recreate that dessert. We both remember it as a big slice of warm brownie pie, topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and plenty of hot fudge sauce. Maybe not exactly a traditional mud pie but, who cares. It was our mud pie and it was, and still is, delicious. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ingredients (8 Servings)
- Brownie Pie:
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Cup sugar
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 Cup flour
- 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon salt
- Hot Fudge Sauce:
- 1 Cup heavy cream
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1/2 Stick unsalted butter
- 4 oz Semi-sweet chocolate
- Pinch of sea salt
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Make the brownie pie by melting the butter over a double boiler or in a bowl set over simmering water (don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water). Stir in the chocolate until completely dissolved and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet just until combined. Pour the batter into an 8" pie plate or, ideally, a tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake for 35 minutes.
Make the sauce by combining the cream, sugar, butter, chocolate and salt in a pot on low heat. Stir until dissolved and serve warm over the brownie pie and a scoop of ice cream.
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I know how much this loss means to you, Anita, especially after this last year or so. It isn't the same, not being in the same place but a friendship like yours will transcend distance and time zones.ReplyDelete
Your Mississippi Mud Pie looks fabulous! Wish I could share a slice with you someday too.
Ah....my heart goes out to you. The image of that pie is fabulous as well.ReplyDelete
Hugs to you, my friend. This is such a touching tribute to Denise, and I can feel the friendship love come right through my screen. My two closest friends no longer live near me, so we make do with phone calls, Skype, and occasional visits. True friendships are definitely worth it, but it's very hard. We also have girl's weekends once a year or so, like you and Denise. But they've never involved mud pie. We are doing it wrong, apparently!ReplyDelete
Chocolate does make things better at least in the short term. Sending you my best.ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry about your friend moving away :( My best friend moved away recently and it's the woooorst. It was so nice that you made her this pie because...I mean...obviously she's still going to love you forever when you feed her delicious chocolate decadence like this.hmmm... Anita....will you be my new best friend? :PReplyDelete
Yes, Kayle, I will be your new best friend but you will have to move back to New York. :)Delete
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