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Mom’s Peanut Butter Pie

Just by reading the title of this post you have been warned.  This pie is probably the BEST pie I’ve ever had in my life.  Hands down, it’s impossible to beat.  Unless, you hate Peanut Butter then you probably wouldn’t agree with me.  It’s not easy to make this pie and many have failed in trying to follow the recipe.  This pie has replaced birthday cakes for both my brothers since they were pretty young.  When they both got married I’m pretty sure somewhere inbetween the “To have and to hold” was a “You must learn to make my Mom’s PB Pie.”  One of my sister-in-laws actually has a picture step by step tutorial to follow on how to make this pie.

So, here it is.  By far the most famous and most sought after recipe that my Mom makes (other than her coffee cakes….but that’s another post and 2 jillion more calories later!)

Mom’s PB Pie :

1 Baked Pie Shell
1 C. Powdered Sugar
1/3 C. Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 C. Cornstarch
2/3 C. Sugar
1/4 tsp. Salt
3 Tbsp. Butter
2 C. Scalded Milk
3 Egg Yolks, Beaten
1/4 tsp. Vanilla
3 Egg Whites

Combine Powdered Sugar and PB. Blend until appearance of a biscuit mixture. Spread 2/3 of this mixture onto the baked pie shell. Combine cornstarch, sugar and salt; add scalded milk and mix well. Very slowly, pour this mixture over beaten egg yolks, constantly whisking, and cook in top of double boiler until mixture thickens (really thickens – very thick pudding).  So basically you are going to whisk as if your life depends on it!  Whisk!  Say it with me – WHISK!  Do not stop whisking until that becomes  thick pudding.  Then,  add butter and vanilla to the hot mixture.  Whisk some more!   Pour into the prepared pie shell. Beat room temperature egg whites until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over pie filling. Sprinkle remaining peanut butter mixture over top. Bake at 325 F until the merengue topping is light brown.  Allow pie to cool before cutting.  I personally like it chilled before eating as well!

And yup, there are tons of calories in this.  Don’t ask how many.  You don’t want to know.

And, my Mom always makes her own pie crust but I’ll post her recipe for that later.


One response »

  1. As I recall, this pie earned you a prize in one of your Girl Scout bake-offs.


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