Peanut Butter Pie

A while ago Martin2 gave me a challenge to make peanut butter pie.  We all love peanut butter in our family. June 14 009 (Here is part of our crazy family.  What a cast of characters!!  This was my fifth pic. I gave up after this one.  Gotta love ’em!!)

I have been looking for the right recipe.  Cook’s Country magazine had a recipe I wanted to try.  I could not resist making some chocolate syrup to drizzle on this sweet treat.  That gave it just the right touch!!

Peanut Butter Pie

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9 whole graham crackers, broken into 1-inch pieces
3 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (you can use salted if that is what you have)
1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped
3/4 cup (3 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter  (I used Skippy Natural Peanut Butter)
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.  Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Process graham crackers and brown sugar in food processor until finely ground, about 30 seconds. Add melted butter and pulse until combined, about 8 pulses.
2. Transfer crumbs to prepared plate. Using bottom of dry measuring cup, press crumbs into bottom and up sides of plate. Bake until crust is fragrant and beginning to brown, 12 to 14 minutes, rotating plate halfway through baking. Let crust cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes. Spread 1/3 cup peanuts evenly over bottom of cooled crust.June 14 019
3. Using stand mixer fitted with whisk, mix 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, cream cheese, and 
3 tablespoons cream on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and whip until fluffy, about 1 minute. Transfer to large bowl; set aside.June 14 018
4. In now-empty mixer bowl, whip 3/4 cup cream on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. Gently fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture in 2 additions until no white streaks remain. Spoon filling into crust and spread into even layer.
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5. In now-empty mixer bowl, whip vanilla, remaining cream, and remaining 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. Spread whipped cream evenly over filling. June 14 023Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts. June 16 002Serve.
That’s it!  Don’t forget the chocolate syrup and you will have a fabulous dessert. June 16 017 Simple and delicious!!

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