August 12, 2011

Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey


The blog world can feel like a family, especially on days like today.

Today I made a peanut butter pie for Mikey.

When I first read about Jennifer Perillo's loss of her husband, I felt sick. I do not know Jennifer or her family, aside from reading her blog, but her loss is felt everywhere. Bloggers from around the world are offering their support today by making what she wanted to for Mikey: a Peanut Butter Pie.

I cannot imagine what she is going through. While I've lost loved ones, the thought of losing my husband so suddenly stops me in my tracks. 

Today is the first time I've made a Peanut Butter Pie. I made this pie for Mikey; to support a woman I don't know, but feel for;and for my dear husband, who I can't imagine living without.

Today make sure you grab on to your loved ones and hug them tightly. And tell them you love them - life can be so fleeting.

Peanut Butter Pie
Serves 10 to 12
{Adapted from Jennifer Perillo)

8 ounces organic chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces low fat cream cheese
1 cup organic chunky peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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 glass pie pan.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.  Pour over bottom of cookie crust and spread to the edges using an off-set spatula. Place pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Pour the heavy cream into a Kitchen Aid mixer and beat 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 and vanilla extract.

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.

Enjoy with someone you love. 

2 comments:

  1. It is such a terrible tragedy! It makes you want to pull your loved ones real close. I must run and check on my sleeping babe. Before I go, I must say your pie is beyond gorgeous. What a tribute!

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  2. Thanks Robin - yes, it's such a heartbreaking situation. I hope that Jenny felt support through the hundreds of peanut butter pie posts!

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