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
300g light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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.
Add the chocolate mixture into the mixing bowl. Mix until it’s totally smooth.
Place the pie in the fridge and let it set overnight. For extra niceness, cover with whipped cream and sprinkle cocoa powder on top.
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?