Mud Pie


* 1-1/2 cups chocolate wafer crumbs

* 1/3 cup butter, melted

* 1 quart chocolate ice cream, softened

* 1 quart coffee ice cream, softened


* 2 tablespoons butter

* 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

* 1 cup sugar

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk

* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


* 1 cup heavy whipping cream

* 1 tablespoon sugar


* In a small bowl, combine wafer crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

* In a large bowl, beat chocolate ice cream and coffee ice cream. Spoon into crust. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

* For chocolate sauce, in a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat; stir until smooth. Stir in the sugar, salt and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Set aside.

* Remove pie from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Gradually add sugar; beat until soft peaks form.

* Drizzle three stripes of chocolate sauce into a pastry bag; carefully add whipped cream. Pipe onto each slice of pie. Serve with remaining chocolate sauce. Yield: 8 servings.