Strawberry Mud Pie Heaven………..

Ok, so the other night I was at my local go to  restaurant. I love the mud pie there. It is the best. But on this night, the Manager told us about a new mud pie……strawberry mud pie. What???!!! She brought one to our table…and what could we do? We didn’t want to be rude, so we had to eat it, right? Wouldn’t you? Oh, and besides….it had fresh strawberries…..that’s FRUIT! Fruit is good for us! OMG…..this mud pie was eye rolling, moaning, delicious. Yup. Well, of course I couldn’t wait to make one myself. So, let me tell you about it. You start with a chocolate cookie crust and then layers of good strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, ganache (thick, sticky, gooey chocolate), whip cream, more strawberries and drizzles of strawberry puree. I know right now you are saying “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yummmmmmmm”. You just have to make this. You really do!!! I’m having a couple of the girls over this week for dinner and we just may have to skip dinner and go straight to dessert. I’m already thinking of future mud pies, like vanilla ice cream and fresh raspberries…..or mint chip…..and how about salted caramel!!!

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I used dove chocolate candy for my chocolate sauce.

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Please don’t be intimidated. It seems like a lot of steps, but super simple and you can make it your own way.

Strawberry Mud Pie

1 chocolate cookie crust ( see recipe below)
1.5 quarts of good strawberry ice cream, softened
1  1/2 cups of chocolate ganache (chocolate topping)
3 cups of diced fresh strawberries ( 1 cup for the pie, 1 cup for topping, 1 cup for the puree)
whip cream

Note: you could use a store bought chocolate cookie crust and a store bought jar of thick chocolate topping. But I made my own.

Cookie crust
1 package of oreo cookies. Remove the filling. Crush the cookies into crumbs
3 tablespoons melted butter

Chocolate topping

1 cup of chopped dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream, more if sauce is too thick

Mix the cookie crumbs and the melted butter together. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a spring form pan or a deep pie dish. Freeze for about 20 minutes. In the mean time, dump the softened ice cream in a bowl. add 1 cup of the diced strawberries and mix all together. Dump half of the mixture into your chilled crust and gently spread it evenly around. Pour half of the melted, cooled chocolate all over the top of the ice cream. The chocolate will set up quickly. Add the other half of the ice cream and spread evenly, drizzling with the remaining chocolate. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, top with whip cream and strawberries. Slice, and drizzle with puree. Happy.

 

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