"I Like Pie. You Like Pie too?" Posted on 24 Jan 16:02


I rarely quote the President of the United States.  But today, I’m going to parrot President Barack Obama. Here goes,  “I like pie.  You like pie too?” Pie seems to be universally liked, so we thought we’d celebrate National Pie Day today with you.  “We ought to make the pie higher” and commemorate for a minute. The first pie-eaters we know of were the Egyptians. Three thousand years back, they fancied tarts filled with figs or dates.  It was the Romans who later introducedpie to Europe.  Homer Simpson wouldn’t have said, “mmmm…pie pants…” to those old cats because they never ate the pie crust or the “coffins” as they were then called.  It took an American Revolution for folks to begin consuming the shell as part of the dessert-eating experience.  (Props to Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin for finding real delight in a flaky, filling crust.) And honestly, I rethink the bold statement that, as a woman, I wouldn’t have lasted 2 weeks in the 19th century when I’m reminded that eating pie for breakfast was the norm.  (Now that’s what I call the breakfast of champions all you Wheaties eaters!)  Jane Austen said it best: “good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”

So on National Pie Day, rather than eat a little humble pie why not try a bulletproof Mississippi Mud Pie recipe?  (It tastes much better, I promise—and unlike crusts, promises aren’t meant to be broken.)

Mississippi Mud Pie

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup butter
3 large eggs
1 cup & 2 Tbsp. sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
1 ½ cup tsp. vanilla
Pie shell of your own making or Marie Calendar’s shell if you have to purchase one

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees please
Melt chocolates with butter until smooth; set aside to cool slightly.
In bowl, whisk these ingredients together: eggs, sugar, corn syrup & vanilla
Whisk in the chocolate and pour into crust.
Bake in lower third part of the oven for 40-45 minutes or until filling puffs up and top is deeply cracked & slightly crisp.
Set pie on wire rack to cool.
Pie will sink, crack & get firm during cooling process.

If you want to go all out, top with fresh homemade whipped cream.