Mississippi Mud Pie – Take 2

I know I’ve already posted today, but I promised I would get a picture of Mississippi Mud Pie the second up today or tomorrow, and with so many other posts planned this is the only way I’m going to get everything in. There just aren’t enough days in the week any more…

Sooo,  this one’s for you, Lady of the Cakes!

A small Mississippi Mud Pie this time, since only two of us were eating it.

I definitely won’t be adding melting marshmallows to my list of talents any time soon! No matter how much I stirred, they stuck to the bottom. I even remembered to break the giant marshmallows into small pieces this time, but it didn’t help… as soon as I turned on the heat, they all stuck together in one huge clump anyway. Then, when I transferred them to the bowl ready for mixing with the other ingredients, they started hardening again before I could bling. Pouring on boiling hot melted chocolate helped a bit, but I still ended up with marshmallow lumps in the finished pie, which isn’t supposed to happen!

A melty marshmallowy mess...
A melty marshmallowy mess…

This time, I decorated with pink and white Schokolinsen. Chocolate in a sugar shell… so a bit like a giant German version of Smarties… except the Linsen taste vaguely of mint, which always confuses me. I added some heart-shaped sugar decoratuins to fill out the middle. And here’s the completed pie:

Mississippi Mud Pie 2

It was very tasty, but I think it will be a while before I try something that requires melting marshmallows again!

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It wasn’t supposed to be an actual mud pie…

Yesterday, I fulfilled my “provide sweet treats for your colleagues after you’ve had a birthday” obligation and made Mississippi Mud Pie.

Crushing 600g of chocolate biscuits took a while!

Biscuit crushing in progress
Biscuit crushing in progress
Crushed biscuits and melted butter
Crushed biscuits and melted butter

These marshmallows came with a warning to only eat one of them at a time!

Not sure I'd like to meet the person who could eat more than one of these at a time!
Not sure I’d like to meet the person who could eat more than one of these at a time!

The last time I made this, I was still young enough to require supervision in the kitchen and I’d forgotten how annoying marshmallows are to melt!

Melting the giant marshmallows
Melting the giant marshmallows

Yes of course they stuck to the bottom and started to crystallise because I had the audacity to leave them to their own devices for 30 seconds while I sorted out another ingredient…

My dad’s instructions called for one pint of double cream (this dish is not for people on a diet!). My jug, being German, only does millilitres, so I measured the cream in a pint glass:

A pint of cream
A pint of cream

Finally I was ready to start mixing all the ingredients together.

Melted marshmallows and melted chocolate
Melted marshmallows and melted chocolate

Once everything was well combined, I poured it onto the biscuit-crumb base (which had been hardening in the fridge while I made the topping) and the whole thing went back into the fridge while I headed to the train station to buy something to decorate the pie with. I’d forgotten I needed decorations the day before and, being a Sunday, all the supermarkets were closed. At home, we always used Milky Bar Buttons for decoration, but no such thing is available here. Also, being a crappy train station shop, the selection of decorative streets was rather limited, so I ended up going with M&Ms then adding some sugar confetti that I still had in the cupboard. The result wasn’t too bad:

Colourful Mississippi Mud Pie
Colourful Mississippi Mud Pie

Now all that remained was to let the pie set overnight then bring it into work this morning and hope my colleagues didn’t object to finding the occasional piece of caramelised marshmallow in their pie… oh so I thought. I hadn’t reckoned with the torrential rain when I got off the train this morning… or the little holes where the handles of my cake carrier met the rest of the plastic…

My colleagues were willing to give the cake a try anyway, and pronounced it good… despite the fact that the M&Ms had been completely washed clean of colour! Poor cake, as Jan said when I texted him about it…