Friday, November 25, 2005

Another Thanksgiving pie

Peanut Butter Pie
Sugar Bitches Copyright 2004

12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 ½ C. peanut butter
1 ½ C. sugar
1 C. heavy cream
1 graham cracker pie crust, cooked I used a chocolate cookie crumb crust

Mix the cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar. Beat the cream until stiff. Fold into the cream cheese mixture. Place in the cooked crust. Pour the topping over the pie and refrigerate uncovered for at least 4 hours.

½ C. sugar
½ C. heavy cream
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
½ t. butter
½ t. vanilla

Place the sugar and cream in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer without stirring for 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and butter until melted. Add the vanilla.

I thought it was time to retire the Reese’s Pie I’ve been making for the past several years. That one has a firm peanut butter layer topped with chocolate mousse in a pastry crust and while it’s wonderful, I’ve just made it so many times, I was ready to try something new.

Well, this recipe isn’t going to be a permanent replacement and I may go back to the Reese’s pie next year. This was very good but just way, way too rich for the occasion and it didn’t present very nicely. I made it about 24 hours ahead of time so maybe that’s just too long with the whipped cream in the filling. It was messy to serve – the topping wasn’t firm either. It was popular, as any peanut butter pie would be on our Thanksgiving table, but I still think I prefer the Reese’s recipe.

My sister gave me this cookbook for my birthday this year. From what I can gather, two women came up with a bit of schtick surrounding the word BITCH– Babe In Total Control of Herself – and self-published a few cookbooks, in that basic fundraiser cookbook style. This one has a cute pink animal print cover. They sell aprons and mugs too. Maybe there was a better explanation of their philosophy in the earlier books, but that’s as much as I can gather from this one. All I really know is that this is a good collection of dessert recipes, especially if you’re looking for something for a potluck or family meal. Many recipes are attributed to other people. I wonder if they get a piece of the profit?


Anonymous said...

I was just thinking about peanut butter pie today and wishing I could have daughter is allergic, so I don't ever make it..

Randi said...

My spouse is a PB freak. Her fav pb pie consists of a nutter butter crust, a cream cheese, coolwhip and pb filling. Its really good, but kinda rich. A small slice is enough.