Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Creamy Peanut Butter Pie
I took this to the sunday dinner at my relative's house and it was quite a hit. Everyone was raving about it and telling each other to get a slice. It contains all the best, scrumptious ingredients so it is quite the delicious treat.
Creamy Peanut Butter Pie
Serves 10 to 12
8 ounces chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 to 2 bananas
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar [powder sugar]
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Add the cookies to the bowl of a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl, and stir with a fork to mix well. Press mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Pour over bottom of cookie crust and spread to the edges using an off-set spatula. Sprinkle chopped banana slices over the melted chocolate. Place pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
Pour the heavy cream into a bowl and beat using a stand mixer or hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a small bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to use. Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar. Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and beat until all the ingredients are combined and filling is smooth.
Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture (helps lighten the batter, making it easier to fold in the remaining whipped cream). Fold in the remaining whipped cream. Pour the filling into the prepared pie pan. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top, if using, and refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving.
[Adapted from Jennie's Kitchen recipe]
A long time ago AJ found a picture of a man posing in long underwear with one leg up on a block of wood. He named him Jed and decided that this Lumberjack Jed is my secret lover and constantly trying to run away with me. Below is what AJ sent recently in an email after discussing our taxes.
AJ: "Did you see Jed's comment on your blog? That long-john wearing big-boot potatoe-dumpling buddah-body freak is still trying to seduce you!"
*You can see Jed's comment on the previous post, the Upside Down Braid tutorial post.
After watching Heroes the past two weekends we sometimes have discussions about what our super power would be if we could choose one. Since AJ was sick all Sunday and didn't really eat anything all day he was really hungry on Monday and ate quite a bit that night. When we were finishing dinner he suddenly says:
AJ: "I know what my skill would be!"
Me: "What? That you can eat anything?"
AJ: "No, that I can go almost two days without eating."
*Yeah, that one's gonna really help save the planet.