April 2, 2012

creamy peanut butter pie




I found this Pioneer Woman recipe on Pinterest. It looked so yummy so I had to try it. Peanut butter, cream cheese, and whipped cream, what could be better?

Now before going into the recipe I do have a confession to make. I changed the recipe a bit. I did not use the Oreos like she did to make the crust. I had every intention of making a chocolate shortbread crust. I used this crust recipe before for a pumpkin pie. It was awesome. However, time got away from me. So what did I do?


I bought a  pre-made chocolate crust.

I knew the ingredients would be horrible, so I didn't even look at the ingredients list at all. It was the only way I could buy it and consume it. I still haven't looked, but I probably will. As much as I would love to be 100% real food, real life does get in the way. It happens and I can't feel too guilty.

Now on to the recipe. I did keep most of it the same.

~ 2 cups heavy cream - whipped - she used cool whip but I thought this would be a change I could make to include more real food ingredients. I used organic.
8 oz. cream cheese
~ 1 cup peanut butter - I just eyeballed this
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar - I was only going to put 1 cup in, but it needed that extra quarter cup; if you sweeten the heavy cream you can probably leave the last 1/4 cup out

Directions
I whipped the heavy whipping cream first in my kitchen aid mixer and then set it aside.

I didn't even clean the bowl or beaters to save a step.

I then put the cream cheese and peanut butter in my mixer and beat those together until incorporated.

I added the sugar as it was mixing. Good thing I kept the splatter guard on or powdered sugar would have gone everywhere.

Next I folded in the whipped cream. I know she just beat it in, but I wanted to keep some of that fluff.

Then I just filled the pie crust and popped it in the freezer for a couple hours to set. I took it out about 2 hours before serving and moved it to the fridge.

The verdict - AWESOME. This is not only very easy but so incredible tasty. I loved it and would definitely make it again. It was creamy and peanut buttery but not overly sweet. I highly recommend trying this recipe.

This isn't the prettiest pie picture, but we ate it too fast and I didn't have another slice available. It was that good!



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