Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Pie

posted by Nancy K 05-12-100 7:21 AM

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cream Pie
By Emeril Lagasse

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup melted semisweet chocolate, at room temperature
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
4 cups heavy cream, whipped until thick, in all
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
1/2 cup chocolate shavings and curls
1 cup chocolate sauce, slightly warm

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a bowl combine the crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup of the peanut butter. Mix thoroughly. Press the mixture into a 9 inch pie pan. Bake until golden and crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of peanut butter and chocolate. Beat until smooth. Add the milk and peanuts and beat well.

Fold half the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture and spoon into the prepared pie shell.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Remove from the refrigerator and spoon the remaining whipped cream over the entire pie.

Slice into individual servings. Garnish with peanuts, chocolate shavings and chocolate sauce.

Yields: 8 servings.

Recipes copyright 1999 Emeril Lagasse

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