Everyone has their own idea of what makes the best Mississippi Mud Pie, but we can all agree on a few things: chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. For me, the idea of a pie that is insanely decadent and delicious as well as being quick and easy is a must. After many years of trying to make it better and easier, this is the pie that won. It's also the pie that I get the most recipe requests for at family gatherings. Although you are free to keep this one all to yourself.
Things You'll Need
1 sleeve (9 full sized) chocolate graham crackers
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
4 tablespoons melted butter
18 wt oz 60% dark chocolate, divided
1/3 cup brewed coffee
5 cups plus 3 tablespoons heavy cream, divided
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate sauce
Step 1: Crumble the Graham Crackers
Add the graham crackers and brown sugar to a food processor. Process until just crumbs remain.
Step 2: Add the Butter
While the mixer is running, slowly add the melted butter until well combined with the crumbs.
Step 3: Press Into a Pie Plate, and Bake
Add the crust to a 9.5 inch pie plate, press firmly into the sides and bottom. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes or until the crust is dry and firm.
Step 4: Make the Fudge Layer
Add 8 ounces dark chocolate, 1/3 cup coffee and 3 tablespoons heavy cream to the top of a double boiler set over gently simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Don't like coffee? No problem! Just replace the coffee with cream and you're all set.
Step 5: And to Crust and Chill
Pour into the crust and chill until set.
Step 6: Make the Mousse Layer
Melt the remaining 10 ounces chocolate, allow to cool slightly. Add 3 cups heavy cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar and a pinch of salt to a stand mixer, beat on high until soft peaks form. Slowly add the chocolate, mixing until well combined with the cream.
Want to make this a "Grown-Ups Only" pie? Just add a shot of bourbon to the cream along with the melted chocolate.
Step 7: Add the Mousse
Add the chocolate mousse to the pie and spread evenly.
Step 8: Make the Whipped Cream
Add the remaining 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt to the stand mixer. Mix on high until soft to medium peaks form.
Step 9: Top the Pie with Whipped Cream
Add the whipped cream and spread evenly.
Step 10: Drizzle with Chocolate Sauce
Chill until ready to serve.