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Easy Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache and a Surprise!

Easy Peanut Butter Pie

This easy peanut butter pie with chocolate ganache is better than icing on a cake. Or at least as good!

Easy Peanut Butter Pie

There’s no getting around it. I had a birthday. In December. It was in the double digits with the second number ending in 0. I was not excited. Let’s face it… Birthdays so close to Christmas are generally an afterthought. Everyone is celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas or my dad’s birthday or getting ready for New Year’s. I can’t tell you how many times people would say to me this present is for Hanukkah and your birthday. (Not that birthdays are all about gifts! HAH!)

Manservant asked about a party. I was adamantly against it. December has not been a fun month in a long time for reasons that I don’t need to go into. He said I threw you a surprise party twenty years ago and I think that’s a good thing to do every twenty years. I didn’t agree. Case closed. Or so I thought. It seems Zoe didn’t get the message.

As you know I’ve had company almost nonstop since June 9th. All of it good. Zoe and her boyfriend arrived on July 4th…right after Manservant’s sister left. Zoe came home for a wedding and also to spend time with us. My parents decided to come see Zoe, (or so I thought) and arrived on July 11th. I cooked my patootie off. Zoe had all her favorites for me to make and then I had to plan ahead for when my folks arrived. We ate lamb and we ate French toast casserole and lox and bagels and Mexican eggs and potato salad and this easy peanut butter pie with chocolate ganache and chocolate chip cookies and key lime cheesecake and baked beans and bbq chicken and even smoked a turkey. It was all good. By Friday afternoon I was so happy because I felt like I had just cooked my last meal for at least a few days. Friday night we had RESERVATIONS and Zoe and boyfriend were going to the wedding rehearsal dinner. Or so I thought…

Easy Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganace

 

Friday afternoon Zoe suggested that we all go to the movies. I wanted to see Oceans 8 but was told by Zoe that it wasn’t any good. I’m still not sure if she made that up. We bought 4 tickets to see RBG. The boys decided to stay back except for my dad.  Shortly before we were supposed to leave for the theatre Zoe tells me her friend needs her earlier at the wedding venue so she can’t make it to the movies. Fine, I say. Just fine. We will go without you. And we did. Friday afternoon with RBG. Exciting stuff. Don’t get me wrong. It was a good documentary but I think it would have worked just fine on FrontLine.

Then another detour. You know where this is going, don’t you? My friend said to stop over because she wanted to say hi to my folks. So we did. As we were getting ready to leave she says, “Wait! Just a few more minutes. My husband is coming home and wants to say hi too.” He was even asked to stay at the driving range a bit longer which he said is like the first time someone has ever asked him to play golf LONGER. And then finally we were in the car on the way home. Pulling into the garage I realized I’d been had. A beautifully decorated table had been spotted and my father had to convince me to walk inside. I was very upset because I blamed this state of affairs on Manservant. My father politely told me it was all Zoe’s doing.

And so it is I walked into my home with hair that needed to be colored and a dress that probably wasn’t my best look, and found two of the dearest kids awaiting me…along with 30 others. Yes…even Alex Odie San China Boy had flown in for the occasion. I think I hyperventilated.

Not only that Zoe had asked my maid of honor to come. She drove in from New Mexico. I hadn’t seen her in at least 28 years. We both still look phenomenal.

Another friend who I  hadn’t seen in 9 years came too. My brother who hasn’t been here since the kids were 13, (Yes, I do keep track!) came with his fiance, who everyone adored.  And then I was surrounded by neighbors who I hardly see and grown up friends of the kids and neighbors who I don’t see enough and more friends who are all so dear to me. They came for Abbe Appreciation Day. Zoe said it wasn’t my birthday and she didn’t want me to be mad, so appreciation day it was.

She did an extraordinary job. She decorated French country with all my yellow flowers and lavender from the garden. She made kebabs at my neighbor’s house late one night and a gigantic salad. She confessed she did use store bought dressing but she ran out of time to make her own. Was that OK? She even went to pick  up Alex from the airport on Thursday night and safely deposited him at a friend’s house. She went under stealth to Costco and procured every cold appetizer there, along with one of their chocolate birthday cakes drowning in frosting, that Alex ate from for a week. She decorated, set music up and did all this with the boys help in 4 hours. And still she looked good. She even had Manservant taking orders from her. But in actuality he’s been her Manservant also for 27 years!

I must confess. I love giving birthday parties, but I was never a fan of my own. Perhaps it was the time of year. Perhaps it is because I just don’t like making a big deal of ME! Whatever the reason this was one occasion where Zoe ruled! This felt right. It felt good. It was without a doubt the happiest thing that has happened to me all year. I love my friends. I love my family. I love my neighbors. I loved the brief shining moment the four of us had together. I loved being surrounded by my parents and my brother and my other brother and his wife were there in spirit. (After all we were just with them in Taos.)  I actually felt whole and I haven’t felt whole in a long time. Family is not to be taken for granted. Nor are friends. Even long lost ones. Which means birthdays shouldn’t be taken for granted either. Whatever the year…whether happy or sad…birthdays are a testament to life. And though my family always tells me to lighten up, life is one thing I don’t take lightly.

One last thing. Alex brought the caps from China. I think they’ll be perfect at my 80th! Zoe, take note. They are under the counter in the laundry room!

So go celebrate something! Anything! I didn’t want to have a celebration without all of you. We may just be virtual friends but you are all in my heart! Now go eat something with chocolate…

Peanut Butter Pie

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Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganace

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Peanut Butter Pie

Easy Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy peanut butter pie with chocolate ganache is better than icing on a cake. Well…almost! For peanut butter lovers everywhere!


Ingredients

3/4 c creamy peanut butter

1/2 c unsalted butter

1 c sugar

1 c firmly packed brown sugar

3 eggs

2 T flour

1/3 c light corn or maple syrup

1/3 c milk

1 t pure vanilla

Pinch of salt

1 partially baked 9″ pie shell

4 oz semi sweet chocolate

1/2 c heavy whipping cream

1/2 c chopped peanuts for garnish

Sea Salt for sprinkling on top


Instructions

Preheat oven to 325. In a glass measuring cup melt peanut butter and butter together in microwave. Whisk until mixture is one cohesive mixture.

Combine both sugars, eggs, flour, syrup, milk, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Mix well. Blend in peanut butter mixture.

Pour filling into partially baked pie shell. Bake until filling is puffed and golden, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Filling will still be soft. After pie cools I chill it which gives this pie an almost fudgy interior.

When pie has chilled thoroughly, prepare chocolate ganache. Place chocolate in a bowl. Heat heavy cream in the microwave until it just begins to simmer. You do not want this to boil. Pour heavy cream over the chocolate. Let sit for a few minutes and then whisk cream and chocolate together. Pour over chilled pie. Sprinkle with sea salt. Garnish with chopped peanuts. Chill until chocolate has cooled. We prefer this pie well chilled but that is up to you!


Notes

I used chocolate chips in the ganache.

I like Trader Joe’s all butter pie crust that is in their freezer section, if I don’t have time to bake my own. Make sure to leave time for pie crust to thaw and bake before you begin this recipe.

Keywords: pie, peanut butter, dessert, chocolate, ganache, peanuts

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    July 25, 2018 at 1:35 am

    What a blessing! Such nachas and good memories 🙂 And you would not believe it, today is my birthday and I am celebrating with love. May your next birthday be a special one xx

  • Reply
    angiesrecipes
    July 25, 2018 at 1:53 am

    wow Zoe was great organizing such a great party! I really love the photo of you and your husband and the dog! So beautiful! The pie looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Liz
    July 25, 2018 at 3:23 am

    Awwwww….so sweet! I love that it was an Abbe appreciation day!!! Bill threw me a birthday surprise birthday for one of my “big” birthdays, but thank goodness, I found the extra invites in the desk. Or else I might have gone in my yoga pants, LOL!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    July 25, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Abbe!!! This is just fantastic. It truly brought tears to my eyes. So happy Zoe did this for you and thrilled you got to spend time with both your wonderful children. All those friends, and family, the beautiful setting, the gorgeous yard, wonderful food – what a fantastic post! You do look marvelous girlfriend! I can’t wait to meet you one day. I owe my brother in Ken Caryl a visit 🙂 Happy belated birthday, happy summer and oh my that pie!!!

  • Reply
    John / Kitchen Riffs
    July 25, 2018 at 7:29 am

    Aw, how nice! I hate surprise parties with a passion too (good thing Mrs KR also does — we have a no surprise party pact), but always love hearing about other people’s surprise parties! What a fun time, and Zoe did a wonderful job planning this and pulling it all off. Terrific pictures. Oh, and that’s a pretty wonderful looking recipe, too — can never resist the peanut butter/chocolate combo. And add maple syrup to the mix? Bliss!

  • Reply
    Cindy
    July 25, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Abbe, I wish I could have been there. It sounds like a perfect get together. Miss you! and this pie sounds perfect.

  • Reply
    Thao @ In Good Flavor
    July 25, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I love this! It’s such a sweet, feel good post! Kudos to Zoe and the whole gang for pulling off your big surprise! I can relate to what you mean about December birthdays. Mine is right around Thanksgiving, and if it falls on Thanksgiving, I’d have to spend the entire day or so joined to the hips to people I may or may not want to be with and eating a turkey birthday dinner 🙁 Anywho, this pie looks scrumptious! The touch of sea salt on top is perfect!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 26, 2018 at 5:31 am

    What a wonderful post, Abbe! And what an amazing job by Zoe to pull this whole thing off. I mean the Abbe Appreciation Day is a genius idea as you weren’t on the lookout for a surprise party. And all of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans to pull this off were just impressive! High fives all around to everyone involved in this one. 🙂 Also, this pie. I think I need a surprise party where this pie just magically appears in my kitchen…except I’m the only guest at the party so the entire pie is for me. Haha!

  • Reply
    lisaiscooking
    July 26, 2018 at 11:47 am

    How fun! What a great party. And, what a delicious pie. Wish I could taste a slice right now.

  • Reply
    sippitysup
    July 26, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Well, this is what family loveis all about… GREG

  • Reply
    NancyC
    July 28, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful pie–and what a great party your family surprised you with! 🙂

  • Reply
    Juliana
    July 29, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Oh Abbe…awesome pictures…and so nice to read the post…indeed what a surprise…the pie looks fabulous peanut butter topped with chocolate ganache…
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Susan
    August 8, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I feel like I just arrived at the party too and was happy to be invited 🙂 What a wonderful, loving gesture. I’m sure you’ll treasure the memory forever. Great pie too 🙂

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