Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie! Oh My!

Seeing as this is the eve of the Royal Wedding, I suppose my post should be about that.  But it's not.  However, I will be among the millions waking before the crack of dawn to watch Will and Kate tie the knot, and more importantly all of my questions about "the dress"  will be answered.  I'm a sucker for weddings, and seeing as I'm sacrificing a few hours of sleep to watch this spectacle, it better be amazing! 

The "wedding" isn't the only big event this week.  It was also my birthday.  You may recall how my mom made me the most amazing Orange Chiffon Cake on Sunday for the family celebration.  THAT was a cake.  For festivities on my actual birthday, I decided to make a chocolate peanut butter pie.  You know the rule right?  That all calories count for nothing on your birthday, so go ahead and dig into whatever catches your fancy.  That's my rule, anyway.  And I like it!

A few friends gathered, and we went out for some Korean food.  (A review will follow in a week or so.) With our belly's full of bulgogi and bibambab we retired back to my house for another bottle of wine, and this amazing chocolate peanut butter pie.  My sister was in town visiting, and she managed a short escape from her wee ones, just in time for wine and pie!  We talked about mothers, and crying at concerts, and whether I should I go to my 20th High School Reunion.  Good times.  Last night was one of those nights you want to savour every second of.  It was a really really good birthday. 

Now about the pie.  I used to make CPBP lots when I worked in Edmonton, but do you think I could find the recipe in the vortex of my recipe cupboard?  Hells no.  Some online investigating turned up a quite similar recipe from Martha Stewart.  And it's really good....but I would change a few things (I know, I just called Martha out on a recipe!  How dare I?)  I would add more peanut butter.  We agreed that it needed more peanut butter punch.  And I would have a ganache topping instead of a chocolate and peanut butter drizzle like she calls for.  Why drizzle when you can ganache?  The method is incredibly simple, and I love how you can make it ahead and keep in the freezer.  Just be sure to allow time for it to thaw so you can cut it.  Yes, my birthday pie rocked.  So good I'd even offer a slice to William and Kate if they ever wanted to visit. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

1 3/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs (Oreo)
6 Tbsp butter, melted
3 Tbsp brown sugar
dash of salt

6 oz. cream cheese
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter (not the natural or crunchy king).  I would increase this by 1/2 cup if I were to make it again. 
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 ounces semi sweet or dark chocolate chopped

To make the crust:  Preheat oven to 350*F.  Combine crust ingredients in a bowl, and press into a 9 inch glass pie plate.  Bake for 9 minutes.  Remove and cool completely. 

Filling: In a mixer, beat 2 cups of the heavy cream until thick.  Remove to a bowl and set aside. Using a mixer, cream the cream cheese and icing sugar.  Add the salt and peanut butter and vanilla. Mix well.
Gently fold in one third of the whipped cream.  Fold in the remaining two thirds, very gently until no white streaks remain. Smooth into the cool pie shell.  Freeze for one hour.   

Ganache:  Heat 1/2 cup of heavy cream until boiling.  Pour over the chopped chocolate.  Stir well until completely smooth.  Spread onto the pie.  Freeze again, for at least 3 hours, or overnight.  If leaving overnight, thaw a few hours before cutting.  This is rich stuff and a little goes a long way.  Serve 10-12.  Adapted from Martha Stewart Living.


  1. This pie looks amazing. Happy belated birthday, Renee. Love the photos!

  2. Looks fantastic! And you should go to your reunion.

  3. it will soon be on my table. sounds fabulous and I love chocolate and PB. My fav treat in summer is Scotburn's Chocolate PB icecream. Hopefully you will get the Maritimes some summer to have some with me.

  4. ohhh Renee - It makes me wish I was in Canada again... I might just leave Scotland for this!!
    Hope your birthday was lovely!

  5. Thanks everyone! Jean, I would love to eat chocolate peanut butter ice cream in the Maritimes with you! Katey, maybe I should come to Scotland and bring you some pie? That would work for me!

  6. Wow, your peanut butter pie looks delicious with chocolate on husband birthday is coming up...this will be perfect to celebrate it. Have a great week ahead Renee :-)

  7. I totally agree - calories don't count on your birthday!! I am totally loving this pie!

  8. Everyone needs chocolate peanut butter pie in their life :)

  9. I'm going to make it tonight for my workmates...let you know how it turns out :) - Chy

  10. It was amazing Renee - everyone loved it :)

  11. Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. This looks good!


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