Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day! (Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie)

I can't believe that Hallmark hasn't yet capitalized on this memorable day. I'm guessing they'd sell at least 3.14 cards. And yes, I'd probably be one of the buyers.

In honor of Pi Day, I'll leave you with my favorite pie recipe. (because Hallmark didn't care enough about you to send you the very best)

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie (from the Nestle website)

2 cups (about 22) finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (I used Oreos)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 3/4 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, divided
1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons peanuts, coarsely chopped, divided
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chill mixing bowl and whisk.

Combine the cookie crumbs, 2 TBSPS of the sugar and the melted butter in a medium bowl. Press onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cool on cooling rack for 15 minutes. Freeze for 15 minutes.

Heat 3/4 cup of the cream just to a boil. Remove from heat. Add 1 1/4 cups of the chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of the peanuts. Stir until chocolate is melted. Spread chocolate mixture over bottom and up sides of pie shell. Freeze for at least 15 minutes.

Beat 1 cup of the cream in chilled mixer bowl to stiff peaks, adding vanilla extract one tablespoon at a time.

Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar in large mixer bowl for 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Gradually beat in peanut butter. Fold in whipped cream mixture. Spoon mixture into pie shell.

Combine remaining chocolate chips and remaining cream in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; knead. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut small hole in corner of bag; squeeze to drizzle over pie. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts. Freeze for 1 hour or until chocolate is set. Cover.

Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.


Leslie said...

That looks fantastic!!!!!

My oldest daughter reminded me that it was pi day.. While in high school, She held the record for reciting the most digits of pi. ( whatever that is.. lol) Every year she would come home with a cherry pie as her trophy.
Have a great night.

Sue said...

Looooooove peanut butter pie! Yours looks fabulous!

The Mom Chef said...

If I'd said something about pi day to anyone over here, eyes would have glazed over. I guess we're all cretins.

This pie has my family's name written all over it though. I can feel the love flowing in my direction already. :)

June said...

Oh my goodness Mags. It's one of our favorites ...mmm I guess maybe all pies are, but this one looks exceptional! Think of you often!

Barbara Bakes said...

This is the first year in a long time I haven't had pie for Pi Day. Looks like you did it right.

Julie said...

Love peanut butter pie! This looks delicious. Hope you're doing well.

stephchows said...

I didn't have time to make a pie this year but I do love pi day!! My dad is an engineer and everyone at work brought in pies to eat! love it!

thisoldbroad said...


This is a recipe for my PMS file. It hits ALL the happy buttons.. crunch, nuts, chocolate.

Just YUM!!!!!