8/11/11

peanut butter cream pie for mikey


A peanut butter cream pie for mikey.
In the check out line at the grocery store where i was getting all the ingredients for this special pie, the chatty but friendly grocery clerk asked me what I was making.
"Hmm?" I said after trying to come out of a grocery shopping funk.
The chatty clerk asked me again, "what are you making" while staring-pointing at all the pie-like ingredients.
I said to her "you know what? I'm making a pie for mikey."
She asked "who is Mikey?"
I answered "I have no idea, but he once was a wonderful husband to a good foodie friend. And we are all honoring him with homemade peanut butter cream pies to share with loved ones.
The clerk responded "that's odd.....but nice!"
I said "No, it's very comforting. Comforting to us who want to help her, and comforting to her because we are there, doing something for her, for him; she wants us to share her husbands' favorite pie with loved ones this Friday"

Comforting indeed. This pie is for you Mikey and for you Jennie, with love, strength and tons of everlasting comfort.

Thank you to CNN (eatocracy) and the Food Network for the world wide love for Mikey.


peanut butter cream pie w/ milk chocolate-cookie crust


peanut butter cream pie for mikey
original recipe found here: injennieskitchen.com
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8 ounces chocolate cookies (I used about 1 & 1/2 cups)
4 TB butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped chocolate (I used about 7-6 ounces of milk choco)
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 ts pure vanilla extract
1 ts freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used 1 & ½ ts)
(I used a couple pinches of sea salt)
(I drizzled the top of finished pie with melted caramel, optional)

Cook Notes: If you do make this pie the way I made it keep in mind the crust is harder to slice since it has chocolate in it and it will be firm. Use a sharp, wet knife to slice through--carefully). I always like a thicker crust so I used more crushed cookies.

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 springform pan.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.
**(I sprayed the 9-inch springform pan with non stick spray, then mixed the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and then with the melted chocolate and used this as my crust).**

Pour over bottom of cookie crust and spread to the edges using an off-set spatula.
Sprinkle chopped peanuts 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, lemon juice and pinches of salt. 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 springform pan. You need to refrigerate this for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.

For decoration: drizzle melted chocolate or melted caramel on top serve with fresh whipped cream.

35 comments:

  1. Well put, Dawn - comfort all around. Much love to Jennie today. :-)

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  2. it is comforting to do something like make a pie for a friend during a difficult time. this one looks postively decadent, and the kind of comfort food I crave when I don't want to eat anything else.

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  3. So sweet. Comfort abounds.

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  4. While my heart breaks for the family, it has been amazing to see the support from all over the blogging world this week. I posted my own pie photos earlier today. I pray that some of this will bring whatever comfort possible to Jennie and her family.

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  5. I love this idea- a great celebration of life! And delicious

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  6. Mmmm, I'll have to try this pie it looks amazing especially with the caramel topping. GG

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  7. It is so comforting and I love how everyone came together today with pies for Mikey and Jennie. Your pie looks fabulous, as always! xx

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  8. I made a pie, also, in memory of a person I do not know, and in appreciation and love for those who will enjoy it.

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  9. It's really almost awful to say this...but seeing all of these pies is making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We have built this amazing community and I know we will all help Jennie to pick up the pieces.

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  10. What type of chocolate cookies did you use for the base? I didn't learn about Mikey until today so I'll have to continue the legacy later this weekend. Thanks for sharing this sweet creation for a very sweet foodie friend, Jennie.

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  11. What a beautiful story. You did a great job of comforting your friend.

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  12. So great and sweet!!! LOVE TO JENNIE

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  13. beautiful heartfelt post…tears & sadness…strength for jennie & her girls.
    you & the blogging community have given her support & strength…you are an amazing group!

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  14. It always amazes me howe the blogging community rallies around one another in time of need.

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  15. Lucky mikey, I wish somebody made this kind of treats for me :-p It looks delicious!

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  16. Oh my word, I am drooling over this! Been craving a peanut butter pie lately too!

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  17. I hadn't heard about this story until today when I saw all the posts - the blogging community is so amazing :)

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  18. Oh my goodness that looks amazing!

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  19. Oh my gosh! That just might be the most delicious looking pie I have ever seen! :D

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  20. Oh my .... so so so salivating right now.

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  21. I'm loving the support the food blogging community is giving to Jennie, and her family!

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  22. Such a beautiful thing you all are doing.

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  23. Such a wonderful tribute! And I think your pie is my favorite of all of them.

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  24. i hate that i completely missed this show of support for jennie, but i'm glad you contributed--it looks like a wonderful pie for a wonderful cause.

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  25. Very sweet of you. This pie would bring me comfort and joy too.

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  26. I totally need to bookmark this to make for my husbands next birthday! He would LOVE this (I'd like it a whole lot too!)!!

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  27. After a month of trying to have a good excuse and time together, I'm going to feed this pie (gluten-free version!) to a bunch of people I love at dinner tomorrow. <3

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  28. YUMMI*__*


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  29. That looks great! I am glad I found your blog. I joined! =) Hope you will check out mine and follow as well! You have some fabulous pictures. I have to get a better picture!

    Sincerely from a Fellow Foodie,
    Annamaria

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  30. I'm in the middle of making this for Thanksgiving so can't comment on how well (yet) it all turns out, but I just used Peanut Butter Oreos and left the peanut butter creme in the middle when running them through the food processor and the crust already tastes AWESOME!

    Love all your recipes...thanks so much.

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