The Pie I Had To Make

by Bread and Putter on February 6, 2011

I have such conflicted emotions about January being over. On the one hand, snow. Like two feet of the crap or more. Lots and lots of snow. So, yay! Bring on February – it’s closer to March and spring starts in March. On the other hand, if January is over, then my vacation is really over. Dangit. But back on that first hand, February is a nice short month and the daylight is getting longer. Yay February. Then again, January was Pie Month!

If you aren’t already reading The Peche, you should be. You should be reading it for the storytelling, the photos, and if for nothing else, for Pie Month. Chris & Karen decided to dedicate the month of January and make and post as many different pies as they could. That’s right – no diet food for January, not at The Peche. No. They made pie and made no apologies for it. And I love that.

While almost all of the pies looked delightful, one particular pie jumped out at me and did a little dance and sang me a Barry White song. It was the Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Caramel, Chocolate Whipped Cream & Deep Dark Fudge. Ohhhhhhhh, yeah. The only problem for me? It was posted on January 10th, just 12 days before I intended to squish into a bathing suit in Aruba. There was no room for me and that pie in my tankini. The pie would have to wait. Finally this weekend it was time!

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The first thing I love about this pie? That’s not just a regular graham cracker crust. Oh no! It’s a graham cracker crust with peanut butter in it. Uh huh.

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The second thing I love about this pie? It’s flexible. Chris & Karen got the original recipe from Kelly at Evil Shenanigans, and then they had their way with it. They added caramel sauce to the crust. I didn’t make any caramel sauce, but I do still have some Scharffen Berger baking chunks which I am parsing out in small, thoughtful quantities only. (my precious!!!!) So, I artfully arranged a few of them on the bottom of the crust before I poured in the filling.

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While the pie cooled, I considered my other options. I remembered Wendi over at Bon Appetit Hon raving about Abby Dodge’s Killer Chocolate Sauce and figured I couldn’t go wrong. I whipped up a batch (more Scharffen Berger!) and let it cool but not harden before I swirled a little over the top of the pie.

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I made the Chocolate Whipped Cream (with Scarffen Berger cocoa, but of course!) to Kelly’s specification and gazed upon my beautiful creation!

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I served it with more chocolate sauce swirled over each slice and prepared to be dazzled. And I was! That crust is crazy good. The chocolate and peanut butter of course belong together. The texture is surprising light – making it all too easy to eat more than one slice. Hey, I’m not putting a bathing suit on again for a long time! Bye-bye January – hello pie!

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kiwidutch February 7, 2011 at 5:19 am

Ooh this looks good! Himself and I are vowing off sweet treats until we loose the Christmas Kilo’s and wow this goes and looks tempting!!!! This fores me to save the recipe for when we are ready for a treat :)

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Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) February 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I feel your pain! It was worth the wait for me.

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athoughtforfood February 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

There’s this place in Boston that has all of these desserts where it’s just a big pile of sugary goodness. Whenever we go, I can’t resist getting a slice of their pie that is very similar to this.

Looks great!

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Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) February 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Brian, where exactly in Boston is this place? I think I need to know for future reference!

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Karma February 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Looks delicious! Layers and layers of evil goodness!

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Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) February 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Indeed!

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Tracy February 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Mmm, looks sinfully delicious!!

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Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) February 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Sinful is a good word for it!

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patricia weldon February 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Well it looks really nice…but a little rich for me. Bring on the cherry pie for me. Hey..its February..good time for cherry pie for ‘Ol George!

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Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) February 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Honestly it’s not that rich. It has a light and fluffy texture. But probably not up your alley with all the peanut butter and chocolate.

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Valerie @ Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll February 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Wow, that looks really rich!!

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Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) February 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

You know, it’s really not. The pie itself and all that whipped cream have a really light consistency. Of course, if you get a little out of control with the chocolate sauce, which I may or may not have done, it could get a lot richer!

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Shea Goldstein February 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

You know I don’t care much for sweets but you’re sending me back to my teen years when I did. This looks AWESOME.

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Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) February 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Well, then! My work is done here. ;-)

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