With an amazing mashup of flavors and textures, this Mississippi Mud Pie has layers that cascade together to create a chocolate rainbow. Named for the murky waters of that famous river flowing through the center of the country, this pie is one everyone can get behind.
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Chocolate lovers unite! Featuring five different layers of chocolate, this Mississippi Mud Pie is sure to impress. This towering pie starts with a chocolate cookie crust and cascades up with a baked flourless chocolate pecan cake, salted mocha ganache, milk chocolate pudding, and finally, topped off with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
What is a Mississippi Mud Pie
The exact origins of the Mississippi Mud Pie are a bit... cloudy, like the river water. Where and when it was invented cannot be pinpointed. But, it has been reinvented from baker to baker over the years.
What exactly is in a Mississippi Mud Pie can vary depending on who is making it. However, what all mud pies have in common is that that the layers are meant to represent the murky mud of the Mississippi River.
The Mississippi Mud Pie is not to be confused with its sweet cousin, the Mississippi Mud Cake (a sheet cake made up of chocolate and marshmallows) or a Chocolate Dirt Cup. Though they're all quite chocolatey and delicious!
Let's Talk About Those Layers
The layers of this pie are absolutely stunning. But of course, layering a pie means there are multiple components to put together. I'm going to break down the layers for you. After you get the game plan, keep scrolling for ideas for how to make some components ahead of time to make this easier to put together.
Oreo Cookie Crumb Crust
An Oreo cookie crust is simple to put together and very delicious! Additionally, it adds a really nice textural component to the pie. It is the darkest chocolate flavor of the pie (thanks to the black cocoa that is used in Oreos).
Pecan Flourless Chocolate Cake
This dark chocolate flourless chocolate cake is so fudgy and rich. It's the perfect base layer for this pie. It's studded with pecans for an increased level of flavor, and for the bite, they add to the dense cake layer.
Salted Mocha Chocolate Ganache
This layer is the thinnest of them all, yet it really packs the biggest punch of flavor. The ganache includes added salt and espresso powder. Both of these additions zing the tastebuds and add nuance to the chocolate throughout the pie, helping to bring this pie next level. The ganache goes into the pie as the third layer, but keep in mind, some should be reserved and added to the whipped cream.
Milk Chocolate Pudding
As the layers increase in number, the cocoa level decreases in each chocolate layer. Switching from dark chocolate to milk chocolate in the pudding adds additional nuance and sweetness to the pie which helps balance it all out.
Stabilized Chocolate Whipped Cream
Finally, at last, the top layer is a stabilized whipped cream. It's stabilized with cream cheese which means it can be made ahead of time, and it makes it silky smooth. A small amount of the ganache should be reserved, to be added to the whipped cream, which sums up the perfect hint of chocolate to the cream.
How to Make it Ahead of Time
There is no way of getting around it-- there are a lot of components of this pie! Put this one in the project category; but also in the well-worth-it category, too. The good news is that some of these components can be broken down into steps and done ahead of time. And, the whole thing can be made up to two days ahead of time!
- Prepare the crust: This can be done up to 2 days in advance.
- Bake the flourless cake: This can be done up to 2 days in advance.
- Make the ganache: This can be done up to 5 days in advance. You'll have to warm it back up though before pouring it on top of the flourless cake layer or adding it to the whipped cream.
- Make the chocolate pudding: The pudding can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.
- Whip the cream: The cream is stabilized so it can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. It may need a quick mix with a hand whisk the further ahead it is made.
- Assemble the pie: The entire pie can be assembled 1-2 days in advance, so long as all the layers are freshly made. It can last up to 2 days, but to be safe, leave the cream off until you are ready to serve in case it needs a brief whisk.
Can it be Frozen?
Kind of? This pie is best served as is. However, in a pinch (as in, you've got leftover pie)--it can be frozen.
The pudding is the issue with freezing here, as pudding can weep a bit after it is frozen. Will this pie taste great after it has been frozen? Yes. But, will it be a perfect presentation as if it was made fresh? Not really. So use your judgment here.
Dress it Up
Have fun with garnishing this pie! Let the chocolate lover in you take over! You can leave the whipped cream as it is, or get creative. You can dress the pie with chocolate shavings, chocolate sprinkles, drizzle ganache over the top, or any combination of these to really make this Mississippi Mud Pie shine.
If you can find them, these crispy Chocolate Pearls by Callebaut are amazing on this pie. They add another textural component to the pie and of course, make the pie really pretty!
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