Mother’s Day is this weekend and this year I won’t be able to travel home to see my mom and celebrate her like she deserves. The truth is, no words could really show her how much I appreciate every single thing she does for me, and I could go on for days listing all of the things I love about her. But, since it’s Mother’s Day, I’ll try. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about my mom is that she is my biggest fan and never lets me forget it. She’s been there for every up and down and somehow knows exactly what I need during those times. Not only is she an amazing mother, but she’s an amazing person. She’s funny, sarcastic, and has an amazing sense of humor, she’s active in her community and volunteers her time weekly, and not surprisingly she loves food just as much as I do. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have her as my mom and to truly be able to call my mom my best friend. Since I show my love in food, I made her a pie.
From what I’ve heard, when my mom was pregnant with me, she threw all moderation in her diet out the window and hit the ice cream pretty hard. Like Baskin Robins every night. Which completely explains my sweet tooth, right? Her favorite flavor, which I could never understand as a kid, was Jamocha Almond Fudge from Baskin Robins. In my younger years I couldn’t even begin to understand why anyone would want coffee (yuck!) or nuts (double yuck!) in their ice cream (as I ordered chocolate peanut butter ice cream on top of orange sherbet) but I’ve come around and completely get it. Now I see coffee, chocolate, and almonds and can’t resist the combo. Does this mean I’m turning into my mom? (I’m okay with that)
That brings us to this pie. It is exactly like her favorite ice cream flavor all in one decadent pie. I started with a brownie bottomed crust because I wanted the crust to be thick and rich. Also because my mom loves brownies and that seemed good enough reason for me. The filling is a no-bake Cool Whip and cream cheese filling with melted chocolate and Kahlua. If you want to make this kid-friendly, you could definitely add the equivalent amount of espresso. To top it all off, I sprinkled thinly slivered almonds and drizzled it with hot fudge. Like I said, it’s decadent. But my mom deserves decadence on Mother’s Day. Actually, she deserves it every day of the year, in my opinion.
I loved the combination of the fudge brownie with the creamy mocha filling, and the crunch from the almonds on top perfectly rounded it out. If you’re still looking for that perfect Mother’s Day dessert, I think this could be just what you’re looking for. Any mother would be happy to have this on her dessert plate this weekend!