Introduction: Newcastle have probably been known as the Magpies since their founding on the 9th December 1892. Probably because of their black and white strip BUT there is a possibility that it comes from the tale that a pair of Magpies nested at St James’ Park shortly after it was built in 1880. You should know that Newcastle United actually played in red and white until 1904.
This recipe is loosely based on the Mississippi mud pie that probably originated on the banks of the Mississippi and it should resemble the consistency of the eponymous mud.
Preparation time: 30 mins
Chillin’ time: 30-40 mins
Cooking time: 40-45 minutes
Home Kit: plastic bag, rolling pin, two medium mixing bowls that sit snugly on a saucepan, the saucepan that they fit onto and a 9 inch (23cm) cake tin with a removable base.
Away kit: Tea, tea cups, saucers and side plates
- 200g digestive biscuits
- 60g and 180g unsalted butter (you’ll see why soon)
- 60g and 180g dark chocolate (just wait and you’ll see alright?)
- 4 large eggs
- 180g brown sugar
- 200ml double cream
For the topping
- 100ml double cream
- 2 tbsp. icing sugar
- Some grated dark chocolate
Method: preheat the oven to 180oC (160oC if it’s a fan oven)
Crush the digestive biscuits in the plastic bag with the rolling pin. Put the 60g portions of butter and dark chocolate (see told you) into the bowl over the pan with simmering hot water in it and melt them together. Then mix in the biscuit crumbs. Stick this gunge into the greased cake tin and stick the whole lot into the fridge.
Melt the remaining dark chocolate and butter in a bowl and leave to cool. Now beat up the eggs and brown sugar in the other bowl then whisk in the double cream. Lastly fold in that second batch of melted chocolate & butter. Pour the mixture over the chilled biscuit base and bake for about 40 – 45 minutes. Take it out and let it cool completely before popping it back in the fridge.
For the topping whip the double cream with the icing sugar until it will hold soft peaks. Spread over top of pie and sprinkle on the grated chocolate. I have yet to find a way of doing this in neat stripes.
Full time results
Serve with a nice cup of tea at half time, traditionally with ice cream in the Southern states.