Peanut Butter Pie – For Mikey!

15 Aug

I was catching up on my blog roll this weekend and as I was about half way through, I read a post that completely broke my heart. A picture of a man’s wedding finger with his wedding band on caught my eye. I continued reading, holding back sorrowful tears, as my heart ached for Jennie, a complete stranger, who had just unexpectedly lost her husband. Although I’ve never met Jennie, reading her daily posts allowed me to feel a connection with her, and as I read her words about her and Mikey’s last date, my heart grieved for her. Jennie had been planning on making peanut butter pie, Mikey’s favorite, but never seemed to get around to it. There was always tomorrow. What I love most about the blogging community is the support you gain from fellow bloggers. You may never get the chance to physically meet, but there is no doubt that if you need support and someone to lift you up, we will always be here for you … because as a community, that’s what we do. As our hearts filled with sorrow and grievance, we reached out to Jennie to see if there was anything we could do to help this awful tragedy.

At the end of Jennie’s post she mentioned, “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”. Today, I make a peanut butter pie, in honor of Mikey and for Jennie and her family, and am sharing it with those that I love. Tomorrow, I’m making cheesecake, Greg’s favorite.

Make that certain something that your loved ones enjoy most. Don’t worry about how many calories are in it, how much time it takes, or how messy it is–Don’t put it off. It’s so easy to get caught up your day-to-day routine, to feel too busy to make plans, too tired to call your loved ones, … There will always be time later, until there isn’t. Whether you’re making peanut butter pie, or watching TV, don’t forget to cherish every moment and to be thankful for those who have a special place in your heart. Never take time spent with your loved ones for granted and never go without telling them how much you love them.

Ingredients
*recipe from In Jennie’s Kitchen
8 ounces chocolate cookies (I used chocolate graham crackers)
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

Directions
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 (I used a pie dish).

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.

There’s no doubt why Mikey loved this pie. It’s airy, silky, and delicious. If you really want to show someone you love them, make them this pie … and let them lick the bowl.

xox, frillyfabulous

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5 Responses to “Peanut Butter Pie – For Mikey!”

  1. typefashion August 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    It looks awesome and yum !

    http://typefashion.wordpress.com/

    • frillyfabulous August 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      SO delicious! If anything could be better than a reeses cup, it would be this!

  2. Debia Cabral August 15, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    Your blog really touched me!

    • frillyfabulous August 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

      Awh that’s nice to hear, thats what I hope for when I write each & every post!

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