Mississippi Mud Pie

Today is International Women’s Day.  Working at a charity which supports women who have survived domestic violence, it’s one of the few holidays that we take seriously – both throwing a party for the women and getting to take a day as holiday.  For me, it’s an important opportunity to think about where women have come from – from my great-grandmother the suffragette, to my mother (who taught me that having children and a career you loved could co-exist) down to me.  While women still have more to do (the pay gap, better treatment for survivors of domestic violence), we’ve come a long way – and it’s thanks to all the wonderful women I’m descended from.

Accordingly, I wanted to return to my roots.  My ancestral homeland is the lovely Asheville, North Carolina (if you’ve seen The Hunger Games – the Games arena is Asheville) – my father’s family came over during the Great Migration and have been doing interesting things ever since.  So to me, that meant pie.  Ignoring the fact that my grandmother’s trademark pie is a sweet potato pie that’s a bit heavy on the sugar for my taste, I wanted to make a pie which reminds me of the amazing women in my family.

So I decided to go to a classic Southern pie that everyone should love (except for those weird people who don’t like chocolate – I don’t trust them).  You can either buy a pre-made pie crust or you could make the pie-crust from this recipe.  As for the filling

Mississippi Mud Pie (from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook)


150g dark chocolate, cut into rough pieces

50g unsalted butter

30ml golden syrup

6 eggs

300g light brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl and place to the side.  Mix the golden syrup, unsalted butter and chocolate in a double-boiler over simmering water.  Wait until it melts and forms a smooth liquid.

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Add the chocolate mixture into the mixing bowl.  Mix until it’s totally smooth.

2013-02-17 13.10.32Blind bake the pie crust at 170C for 15 minutes (cover with baking paper and baking beans)

2013-02-17 12.30.59Remove from the oven, including the baking beans and baking paper.  Pour the filling into the crust and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes.

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Place the pie in the fridge and let it set overnight.  For extra niceness, cover with whipped cream and sprinkle cocoa powder on top.

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When you’re enjoying your pie, spend time eating it with the women you love.  What recipes remind you of the amazing women in your life?




  1. Thank you! What a great idea!

  2. Oh my! Your bakes are just so fantastic! Yummy! =D

  3. Diana Rambles · · Reply


  4. YUM! I’ve never tried a Mississippi Mud Pie before, but I definitely need to!! Thanks for linking up at Sweet & Savoury Sundays! 🙂

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