Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Peanut Butter Pie, Oh My!

If you love chocolate and peanut butter but don't mind a few calories, this recipe is for you!

Back in college, I dated a guy who loved chocolate peanut butter pie, so my mom helped me find a recipe for one. I ended up loving it and made it a lot back then. That was over 10 years ago! (Oh my gosh, I'm getting old!) I have no idea where the recipe came from, but it is a good one.

I had almost forgotten about the pie until last week when I began to think about making something for a friend's birthday. She loves sweets, chocolate, and peanut butter, but she doesn't eat cake. Chocolate peanut butter pie was the first thing that came to mind.

The steps in the recipe are not difficult at all, but the pie does require some planning ahead to allow time for the different steps. (I'm a farmer's wife. Planning ahead is not something I do much, so that may be why I don't make the pie too often!)

The crust.

Mix 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs with 1/4 cup sugar (to cut down on dishes, I do this in my pie dish).

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Add 1/4 cup melted butter. Blend well.

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Press into the bottom of a 9" deep pie dish.

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Bake at 375 for 6 or 7 minutes and cool for about 30 minutes -- or less if you're like me and need to get it done! I just stick it in the fridge….

The filling.

With a mixer, beat a cup of peanut butter with 8 ounces of soft cream cheese. I used natural peanut butter, and it worked great.

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Add a cup of sugar. Mix well. Set aside.

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Beat 1 1/2 cups of well-chilled heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form.

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Fold about 1/4 of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture to lighten it up a little.

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Then fold the rest of the whipped cream into the mixture. It should be really airy when blended.

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Mound the mixture into the pie crust. Cover and chill for four hours or over night. I chilled for three this time, and it was fine.

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The topping.

When the filling is chilled, make the topping. In a heavy saucepan bring 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream to a boil.

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Remove from heat and add 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir until melted and allow to cool.

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Pour evenly onto the pie and spread smooth. If the chocolate is still a little warm, don’t spread too much or the filling will mix into the topping.

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I leave peanut butter filling showing around the edges.

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Peanut Butter Pie

1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

Mix cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter and blend well. Press into a deep pie dish. Bake at 375 for 6 to 7 minutes. Allow to cool.

1 cup peanut butter

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Cream peanut butter and cream cheese. Add sugar. Beat until well blended. Set aside. Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold in 1/4 of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture to lighten. Fold in the rest of the whipped cream until well blended and airy. Mound filling into pie crust. Cover and chill 4 hours or overnight.

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bring heavy whipping cream to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Allow to cool 10 - 15 minutes. Poor over top of chilled pie and spread evenly. Chill pie until topping is cool.

3 comments:

Brandy said...

I knew I had tasted some Blair love in that pie!!! I love that you let her help you!! BEST PEANUT BUTTER PIE EVER!!!

Jan said...

You know I can't even remember what cookbook I got that out of but I can remember exactly where I was when I found it...in the trailer while we were building and I had a bunch of cookbooks in a box stored. I have thought about it many times but can't remember! Love the outfit that Blair has on. I knew that yellow would look precious on her!

Amy Odom said...

Ashlee, that pie was sinful and I loved every wonderful bite of it! Thank you soooo much for making it! And a big thanks to Blair for her help :)