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Mikey’s Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Mikey’s Peanut Butter Cream Pie, dedicated to Jenni Perillo.

I’ve mentioned in a previous post how I really like the photography style of food bloggers (Evolutionof Style Pt.1) So every now and then I will visit their websites to see what’s new and get some inspiration for my own work.  On Friday (09/02/11) I paid a visit to Steamy Kitchen and came upon a post about a Peanut Butter Cream Pie. Only the post wasn’t just about a recipe for pie.  Sadly, another food blogger, Jennifer Perrillo, had recently lost her husband to a sudden heart attack.  The food blogging community is a close knit one and as they asked Jennifer what they could do she responded:

“As I spend Friday reflecting on the love and life that was gone in an instant, I’d like to invite all of you to celebrate his life too. Mikey loved peanut butter cream pie. I haven’t made it in a while, and I’ve had it on my to-do list for a while now.

I kept telling myself I would make it for him tomorrow. Time has suddenly stood still, though, and I’m waiting to wake up and learn to live a new kind of normal. For those asking what they can do to help my healing process, make a peanut butter pie this Friday and share it with someone you love. Then hug them like there’s no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on.”

The Friday of 08/14/2011 saw Facebook and Twitter wonderfully buzzing with posts and tweets of Peanut Butter Cream pies being shared among friends to celebrate life and love. 

Although I am not part of the food blogging world, this story really touched me personally.  The night before I read this, my husband and I had a disagreement and I guess I was still feeling a little resentful.  It really made me stop and think how precious every moment is.  I decided I would make a pie for my husband and daughter, to celebrate life and love.

Below is Jennifer Perillo’s recipe:

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

1/4 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 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 springform 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 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 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 springform pan.  Drizzle the melted chocolate on top, if using, and refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving.




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