Saturday, April 30, 2011

Peanut Butter Pie


It has been quite a tough past 2 months. The workload at university is at its peak during March, April & May and surely I've been feeling like quite a zombie. I stay at university for at least 7 hours on most of the weekdays and then come back home to continue more work. Anyone who is working and reading this is probably thinking, "You have no idea what's going to hit you after you've graduated!" I guess it's true, though.. Students do have it way better than working adults! Oh well, I do see myself missing the student life. Once we enter the "real" world it's all up hill from there.



Now that I've gotten that rant out of the way, I'll get right on with this peanut butter pie:

If there's one decadent food that I love right after chocolate, I would have to say it's peanut butter. In fact, they make such a great combination that I sometimes make a peanut butter & chocolate (usually Nutella) sandwich. Crazy, I know, but just way too good to pass up on occasion. 




Although I have to admit that my big brother is the peanut butter king at home. He loves peanut butter so much that he's tried it with everything: potato chips & fries being amongst the other foods. So when I announced that I wanted to make a peanut butter pie, he got pretty excited. He doesn't really show it, but a sister knows!




The pie turned out to be very creamy and I enjoyed it most with a glass of milk as it tends to make you thirsty after you're done eating it. Admittedly, it is quite a heavy dessert so I wouldn't recommend more than a slice a day. Make sure it's a big, chunky slice ;)



Peanut Butter Pie

For the crust

200g digestive biscuits
85g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup*
*I used honey instead as I didn't have golden syrup at the time.

For the filling

225g full-fat soft cheese, at room temperature
150g chunky or coarse peanut butter
50g caster sugar
160ml carton of whipping cream
50g peanut butter chips

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Make the crust: seal the biscuits in a large polythene bag and crush well with a rolling pin. (Red Panda: Or just do it the easy way and use a food processor if you have one!) In a pan, melt the butter with the syrup, then stir in the biscuit crumbs until evenly coated. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a round 23 x 5cm (9 x 2in) deep pie dish or pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then leave to cool completely.
  • Make the filling: in a bowl, beat the soft cheese, peanut butter and sugar until well blended (an electric hand-beater makes this easier). Whip the cream into very soft peaks, then fold into the peanut butter mixture. Fold in the peanut butter chips. Spoon the mixture into the biscuit case.
  • Chill, uncovered, for about an hour until firm.

Happy Baking!

17 comments:

  1. Wow,

    those are some very cool pictures. Also, seeing as I've tasted this, I really enjoyed the consistency of the pie. It retained the peanut butter flavour without being as thick as actual peanut butter.

    Well done! :D

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  2. What more can I really say that hasn't been said about all your delicious looking deserrrrts! This looks incredible as usual!

    Dont worry.. Uni is pretty tough.. after that life is generally a lot easier as you know kind of develop a routine, but we just make it seem like its tough so that people think we're actually doing something :) *ssh* dont tell anyone!

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  3. Love that top pic. You should submit to tastespotting or foodgawker!

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  4. I agree with sarah...I love how you've paired the pie with that blue cloth in the back. Pretty. And yes, peanut butter pie looks and sounds luscious :) Good luck with the uni load...it'll be over before you know it!

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  5. LOVE peanut butter. Those pictures are gorgeous, reminds me of the peanut butter icebox pie I once had at Magnolia's in NYC. Though nothing like having a homemade one that looks as pretty as yours!

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  6. @Mali: So glad you enjoyed it ^^
    @Samir: Thank you! Waiting for the chaos to end soon :)
    @Sarah + Sukaina: I'm hoping to submit it soon, keeping my fingers crossed.
    @Devina: Thank you!
    @Arva: Peanut butter is awesome, can never get enough. And what a compliment, I love Magnolia's icebox pie ;) Thank you!
    @Najla: Try it out, super easy to make :)

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  7. Hi Yasmin,
    Just stumbled upon your blog and i have to say I really like the name of your blog - it made me smile. I also like the look of this Peanut Butter Pie, a slice right now would be appreciated.

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  8. Aww thank you, glad it made you smile! You should give this recipe a shot; it's almost effortless and so indulgent :)

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  9. gorgeous! my boys would love this. i have a house full of peanut butter fanatics.

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  10. Hey, Nice looking pie. I'd like to speak to you about a job. (It's not pastry related though, sorry :) ) Anyway, contact me at mhingora@gmail.com if you'd like to know more.

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  11. Aww thank you, glad it made you smile! You should give this recipe a shot; it's almost effortless and so indulgent :)

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  12. @Mali: So glad you enjoyed it ^^
    @Samir: Thank you! Waiting for the chaos to end soon :)
    @Sarah + Sukaina: I'm hoping to submit it soon, keeping my fingers crossed.
    @Devina: Thank you!
    @Arva: Peanut butter is awesome, can never get enough. And what a compliment, I love Magnolia's icebox pie ;) Thank you!
    @Najla: Try it out, super easy to make :)

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  13. I agree with sarah...I love how you've paired the pie with that blue cloth in the back. Pretty. And yes, peanut butter pie looks and sounds luscious :) Good luck with the uni load...it'll be over before you know it!

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  14. What more can I really say that hasn't been said about all your delicious looking deserrrrts! This looks incredible as usual!

    Dont worry.. Uni is pretty tough.. after that life is generally a lot easier as you know kind of develop a routine, but we just make it seem like its tough so that people think we're actually doing something :) *ssh* dont tell anyone!

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