Excellent question with no definative answer. This recipe invites experimentation. Early print descriptions suggest the original dessert was a frozen fudge infused ice cream pie presented in chocolate cookie crumb pie crust. Ice cream flavors varied; fudge ran from chocolate sauce to thick emulsion. Some recipes incorporate marshmallow or whipped cream. Others have no ice cream at all and are served warm or room temperature.
They are classically garnished with gummy worms. The earliest print reference we find for Mud Pie suggests it was concocted by the wife of a rising star chef based in Long Beach California, circa Early s newspapers offer key references to Mud Pie recipes in readers' exhange columns and local fair contest winners. Clearly, the recipe was circulating locally among home bakers. At some point in the early-mid s, the Chart House restaurant chain added Mud Pie to its dessert menu.
While we can't confirm this restaurant "invented" mud pie, it certainly merits credit for elevating popularity to the national level. Upscale restaurants, foodservice operations, corporate kitchens, and home cooks embraced the mud. With all sorts of interesting results.
It is true that Mud Pie recipes come from Mississippi. It is equally true they come from the West, North, East and Midwest. Where did the idea come from? Gill, a gourmand, on the go," Mildred K. The article profiles Don G. Gill, husband of the woman referenced above. No recipe for Mud Pie included.
Mississippi mud cake and creamy potato salad. Our family loves the Mud Pie served at the Chart House. We'd love the recipe The pie does get around. A big football player-type waiter with a mustache at the Westwood Chart House tells us that the recipe has been tossed up and down the coast and landed in Los Angeles via the Chart House.
No one we have asked so far seems to know its origin, but the formula can't be more simple: The pie gets its name from the fudge layer, which supposedly resembles you know what. Press into a 9-inch pie plate. Chill thoroughly or bake at degrees 7 minutes, then chill. Pack ice cream into chilled crust, smoothing surface. Freezing before adding the fudge sauce is essential to keep fudge from slipping off. Pour fudge sauce evenly over the pie and freeze until ready to serve.
To serve, dollop with whipped cream and sprinkle with almond slices. Commercial fudge sauce is used by restaurants, but you may use your own recipe or the one given here. Remove form heat and mix in milk alternately with sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 8 minutes or until thickened and creamy. Remove form heat and stir in vanilla. Store in refrigerator and use as needed. However, a slice of mud pie can certainly be recommended.
The Chart House makes it with a chocolate crumb crust filled with coffee ice cream, iced with fudge, topped with shipped cream of undetermined origin, and frozen. It arrives still frozen but begins to thaw very nicely thereafter.
S26  "We were asked recently if there was such thing as a mud pie, and we offered a vague definition from a book that spoke of a creation from Mississippi: To our surprise, the printed question and answer elicited scores of recipes from all over the nation, not only from Mississippi mud pies but for mud cakes as well. Both of them, as our readers warned us, are sinfully rich.
The Mississippi pie, with its emphatic chocolate flavor, may be served lukewarm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If allowed to cool, the filling becomes almost like fine chocolate candy. The following mud pie recipe is from Dorothy Ann Webb, a native Mississippian Line a nine-inch pie tin with pastry. Mix butter and chocolate in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring often, until melted and blended. Beat the eggs until light an frothy. Stir in the syrup, sugar and vanilla.
Pour the chocolate mixture, stirring. Pour the filling tin the prepared pie tin. The filling should remain soft inside. This is best served warm with a spoon of vanilla ice cream on top, but it is excellent served at room temperature or cold.
Put flour and sugar into the container of a food processor. Start processing and gradually add the water. Add only enough water until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.
One letter, however, led me to the MacArthur Park restaurant in San Francisco, that sparkling, almost Paris-style cafe filled with greenery and the sound of falling water, where the beautiful people maintain figures on gourmet natural foods.
The MacArthur Park management are a charmingly secretive lot and I failed. It's even more fun to make at home. Easy, too, considering that one popular version is simply mocha ice cream in a chocolate crumb crust served with lots of whipped cream and warm fudge sauce With the adult version of mud pie, you get to crush things like Oreos, dabble in softened ice cream, sprinkle on Kahlua, stick your finger in slowly melting chocolate There are fluffy, no-bake mud pies, and variations on the ice cream versions.
Melt butter in large frying pan over low heat. Add crushed wafers and toss in butter to coat well. Press crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and allow to cool. Soften ice cream and spoon onto wafer crust. Top with cold fudge sauce. Store in freezer about 8 to 10 hours. To serve, top with whipped cream and sliced almonds or chocolate curls.
Remove from freezer and allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes before service. Kenneth Kussmann, New Orleans, Louisiana. Not many people are willing as John Chappy Chapman Chapman, who grew up in New Orleans has spent all of his life in Gulf Coast towns, said mud pie was invented years ago in the Vicksburg-Natchez area It was [mud pie] None of the articles we checked attribute this recipe to a particular person or food company.
Nor do they reveal the story behind the name. It is plausable that "dirt cake" borrowed its moniker from another trendy rich chocolate dessert: Whatever the case, it was an immediate hit. Dirt cake was served at class parties, Brownie meetings, birthday parties and the like. It didn't take long for food companies to cash in on the deal. Dirt cake mixes were first marketed as packaged items in the early 's. The earliest mention we find of a recipe specifically called "Dirt Cake" was printed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [newspaper], June 15, in a recipe exchange column.
This article references a local reader who sent in a recipe for "Kansas Dirt Cake. Louis Dispatch wrote an article on the topic July 24, , Food section p.