Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie with Salty Pretzel Crust - 52 Cakes and Pies at Home

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This has so much... I LOVE the salty mix of flavors... Chocolate and Peanut Butter, Sweet Savory and Salty.  There are lots of steps, but it really is practically fool proof and SO MUCH worth the effort.  Once this cake becomes a habit, no one asks for a sliver, ALL BIG SLICES!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipes...


First up is the recipe for my very favorite pie crust... Adds a salty crunchy contrast to a sweet cream pie...

Pretzel Crust for a Sweet and Salty Pie

  • 1 Cup Crushed Pretzels
  • 1 Cup Crushed Vanilla Wafers
  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick, 8 TBS) Melted Butter
Cooking Directions
  1. Something Salty (like ground up Pretzels, put them in a zip lock bag, use a rolling pin (or in this case I used a Mason Jar filled with Coco (couldn't find a rolling pin... long story))
  2. added to something Sweet (like ground up Vanilla Wafers)
  3. Break up any larger pieces
  4. Mix in melted butter to help form a solid crust
  5. Press everything into a crust form
  6. Bake... It's called Blind Baking to bake a pie crust and then add a filling (Like a Banana Cream Pie)... Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes
  7. Then fill, chill and serve. 
  8.  And of course... Enjoy!!!
Perfect for a Mile High Domed Banana Cream Pie  or the Peanut Butter Chocolate pie below...


OK... Here's what I did...

Peanut Butter
Chocolate Cream Pie with Salty Pretzel Crust

  • 1 Salty Sweet Pretzel Crust (see recipe above)
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 TBS Powdered Sugar
  • 2 TBS Honey
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 TBS Cornstarch
  • Large Pinch Salt
  • 3 Cups Half and Half
  • 4-1/2 Ounces Unsweetened Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 4 Large Egg Yolks (JUST THE YOLKS), slightly beaten
  • 2 TNS Butter, room temperature soft
  • 1 TBS Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 TBS Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp White Corn syrup (drizzled in as cream turns solid)
Cooking Directions
  1. Prepare the pretzel pie crust as directed above.
  2. To prepare the Peanut Butter base, mix Peanut Butter, Powdered Sugar and Honey until smooth. Spread this in an even layer on the top of the pretzel crust. HINT: Plop the entire batch of sweetened peanut butter onto the center of the crust and spread out. work this as little as possible as the peanut butter will want to pull the crust apart. Also work with a spatula dipped in hot water.
  3. For the filling, Bring the Half and Half to a low boil. Stir in the Chocolate pieces until melted and blended.
  4. In a bowl, Mix the Sugar, Cornstarch and salt.
  5. Whisk these dry ingredients into the low simmering milk pot and continue to stir until mixture begins to thickens, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat. Add Egg Yolks. BUT WHISK VIGOROUSLY CONTINUOUSLY FOR 1 MINUTE. Do not allow the eggs to curdle. Whisk, whisk whisk.
  7. Add vanilla and butter and continue to whisk. Mixture should be soft pudding consistency.
  8. Pour into pie shell over the peanut butter and refrigerate for 3 hours or preferably overnight.
  9. For the whipped topping, Whip cream until almost stiff. Add Sugar and continue to whip. SLowly drizzle in the corn syrup and whisk until the cream holds peaks.
  10. Decorate pie as you like, serve chilled fresh from the fridge and ENJOY!!!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Cakes and Pies at Home"!

These are the desserts you make for your family.  No fancy amazing wedding cakes, just the rustic beauty of the classics.  From pumpkin pie to cheesecakes to layer cakes, these are what your family craves for dessert.  You may even see a few unusual crusts and frosting ideas to try.

You get the idea. These recipes are simple, delicious and will have your family wanting dessert first...


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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