1 Suzie the Foodie: Rose Reisman's Miniature Chocolate Mud Pies

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rose Reisman's Miniature Chocolate Mud Pies

Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies

Thanks to her cookbooks, Rose Reisman was one of the first people to teach me how to bake. One of the reasons I love her approach is that she likes to make low fat food, including low fat desserts. Most "healthy" desserts end up being a disaster for my tastebuds but Rose really has a unique approach.

When I won the title of "Hot Pepper" on Food Network Canada's web site I got all sorts of treats and swag, including Rose's cookbook Rose Reisman's Family Favorites. I have been recipe testing ever since and really could not wait to make one of her dessert recipes once again.

Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies

Lightly oil two six-cup muffin tins. In a small bowl combine 1 cup of chocolate cookie crumbs with 1 tbsp of water and 2 tsp of vegetable oil. Divide between the tins and pat down to make the crust.

Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies

Here is what I love about Rose. Normally I would NEVER combine chocolate with water or coffee but here she goes, thinking out of the baker's box. Combine in a small bowl 2 tbsp of chocolate chips, 2 tbsp of hot water and 1 tsp of instant coffee. Microwave on high for 40 seconds until the chocolate begins to melt.

Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies

Throw everything else into a food processor and blend... love it Rose! In the food processor you will need 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 2 tbsp of flour, 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp of softened light cream cheese, 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup low fat sour cream, 3 tbsp of corn syrup and 1 tsp vanilla. Blend until smooth.

Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies

Pour in chocolate coffee mixture and blend together.

Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies

Divide into 12 muffin tins lined with cookie crumb crust and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 12-14 minutes.

Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies

You want the centres to be slightly loose. Cool and you are supposed to chill for at least two hours. Decorate with icing sugar.

My husband LOVED these! He is a chocolate fiend and loved the earthy crust with the goopy almost cheese-cake like topping. I am not as big a fan of chocolate. I mean I like it but I wanted something more so I tried making my own quick caramel sauce.

My "Fakeout" Caramel

I had some caramels leftover from the holidays and read online that if you nuke them, add heavy cream and stir you can make a caramel sauce so that is what I did. Normally I would just make a homemade sauce but I had zero time and you know what happened?

Rose Reisman's Mini Chocolate Mud Pies

A very weird thick caramel spider covered the top. Not only that, it really, REALLY hardened so when you bit into it, the whole thing came off at once. I ended up chewing and chewing for a long, long time before my mouth was free for another bite of the mud pie! Yup, not a good idea but at least I tried.

If you are a chocolate lover, you will adore these! If you want a dessert with minimal flour, this is also for you. Individually they are only 200 calories and if you are on a low-fat diet, these only have 5.8 grams of fat and only 2.1 grams is saturated fat. These are lovely dense and moist treats made with minimal effort, thanks to the food processor. I give these treats four out of five wooden spoons. 


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds like a bad horror flick -- "Attack of the Caramel Spiders"!

Shell said...

It is snowing like crazy here, that mud pie recipe makes me want to brave the snow and make it today. Yummy and low fat!!

AvaDJ said...

Mmmmm these sound just wicked (and yet they're not tehe). I generally don't go for "low fat" desserts, but I can see how these flavours just meld together perfectly.

Suzie, you have try Michael Smith's Butterscotch Sauce, it's in the back of his "Chef at Home" cookbook, and it is out of this world!!! It makes a fair amount and I keep it in a Mason jar in the fridge. Warning: it's highly addictive and is fabulous on ice-cream and desserts like these. His chocolate sauce is outstanding as well.

Here's a link as well if anyone is interested.


Michele Chastain said...

Whoa! I'm craving chocolate so bad right now, and stuck in my office with nary a speck of it in sight! *sigh*

Anna C said...

Susie, it's a great photo. It was actually the caramel sauce on those lovely deep dark chocolate cupcakes, that hooked me in. Too bad it didn't work out as expected.

Suzie Ridler said...

Thanks everyone and yes, attack of the caramel spiders indeed! Ava, I wonder how long that sauce will keep? Making I can freeze it. Recipe is printed, I will give it a shot, thanks so much! Sorry for the chocolate cravings Michelle. Anna, I knew the photo was going to need something extra and I wanted more texture, glad the crazy caramel caught your eye!

Lucy said...

This looks delicious! Can never go too wrong with caramel and chocolate :)