Simple Sundays | Peanut Butter Pie

I made a Peanut Butter Pie.

Many of you already know why. And if you do not, please take a moment to watch this beautiful video from White on Rice Couple, Todd Porter & Diane Cu. It explains it all so much more eloquently than I ever can.

My thoughts and prayers have joined hundreds who have supported Jennifer Perillo during this dark time. But the light in all of this is not only the love that she has for Mikey and from her family, but in the food community – the love has come from across the miles, from kitchens all over the world.

I wrote a note to my husband. I often do when he takes a trip for work, hiding it in his suitcase for him to find. This was my latest.

Dearest,

I know you must think I’m crazy, making a Peanut Butter Pie for someone I have never met, but this past week, this sad event has been on my mind. Making that pie was something I needed to do. I am going to miss you while you are gone on this trip, but I am blessed to know that you will come home to me. Every day is a blessing. Know that I love you so much and cherish each day.

Love…always,

Liren

Write that note. Hug them. Kiss them. Love them while you can.

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My peanut butter pie is made with mascarpone and topped with hazelnuts and white chocolate. I made them as individual tarts, but this will also make one standard size pie. Find Jennie’s Creamy Peanut Butter Pie recipe here. You may also find scores of Pies for Mikey curated at Food Network.

 INGREDIENTS

Crust

  • 1½ cups graham crackers (about 10 sheets)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ to ¾ cups sugar

Filling

  • 8 oz creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese (or substitute cream cheese)
  • 3-4 tablespoons agave nectar, to taste
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, crushed
METHOD

In a food processor or blender, process graham crackers till fine. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also place the crackers in a resealable bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add butter and sugar, and combine. Pour into pan, pressing down with fingers or measuring cup. Place in the refrigerator while you make the filling.

Whisk together the peanut butter, mascarpone and agave nectar until smooth and fully incorporated. Pour into pie crust. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler, stirring periodically until smooth. Drizzle on top of the pie. Sprinkle the crushed hazelnuts. Refrigerate the pie for at least three hours before serving.

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by Liren Baker on August 14, 2011

20 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Peanut Butter Pie”

  1. Brian @ A Thought For Food August 14, 2011 @ 7:34 am (#
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    So sweet, Liren…. the letter, the pie. You are such a lovely, thoughtful woman. Beautiful post.

  2. skip to malou August 14, 2011 @ 8:36 am (#
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    i thought about doing a pie too for mike as i came across other bloggers who did…even without knowing who he is and Jennifer Perillo for that matter. But time is of the essence this weekend for us as this is my son’s last weekend before he heads to college. I’m so glad you have the time Liren to show your support. You are so thoughtful. God bless!

  3. Susie August 14, 2011 @ 9:29 am (#
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    What a wonderful post….. I watched the video it was heart warming. I just went though my foodbuzz inbox yesterday and saw all the post for peanut butter pies it is amazing how many people reached out and made pies. It makes you realize how your not really a stranger in the food blogging community.

  4. Curt August 14, 2011 @ 9:52 am (#
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    Wow, what a great combination of ingredients. That sounds like a step above the average peanut butter pie.

    I love peanut butter pie!

  5. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen August 14, 2011 @ 10:50 am (#
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    Beautiful individual tarts those. I’m humbled, amazed and grateful about the food community and its ability to come together for love of someone.

  6. Barefeet In The Kitchen August 14, 2011 @ 11:35 am (#
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    Your pie is simply beautiful and the letter to your husband put tears in my eyes. My boys and I made a pie on Friday morning and I’ve spent the entire weekend praying peace and comfort for Jennie and her family as they go through this dark time. It’s been amazing to see the community rise up to comfort them however possible.

  7. Emily @ Life on Food August 14, 2011 @ 11:51 am (#
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    So glad to see all of the support. I like to tuck notes away to my husband as well.

  8. Cassie [Bake Your Day] August 14, 2011 @ 12:06 pm (#
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    Absolutely beautiful tribute. So proud to be a food blogger and to be associated with such wonderful, caring people!

  9. Angie- Bigbearswife August 14, 2011 @ 1:43 pm (#
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    Love that you added the white chocoalte to it. Looks beautiful!

  10. Christine August 14, 2011 @ 3:29 pm (#
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    Looks wonderful!

  11. Belinda @zomppa August 14, 2011 @ 4:50 pm (#
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    A lovely note and pie during such a sad time.

  12. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 14, 2011 @ 6:41 pm (#
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    Such a wonderful post! Love the note you wrote your husband! Lovely pie!

  13. Ann August 14, 2011 @ 7:23 pm (#
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    What a beautiful post and your pie is particularly lovely. When my husband traveled for work, I wrote him notes, too…

  14. Elizabeth of AsianinAmericamag August 14, 2011 @ 9:06 pm (#
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    Liren, glad you made this pie, too. I met Jennifer for the first time at the ‘Eat Write Retreat ‘conference in DC. She was terrific…so warm, supportive, encouraging. She made me feel so special, even if she had just met me. She is a gift to the food world. I’m glad we were all able to do this for her. A million pies were probably made. Thanks for sharing. Now go hug your Loved Ones !

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  16. Claire August 15, 2011 @ 8:44 am (#
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    beautiful post

  17. merry jennifer August 16, 2011 @ 7:33 am (#
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    So beautiful, Liren.

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