"Pie is meant for sharing. Pie connects people. Pie knows no cultural or political boundaries. Pie makes people happy. And happy people make the world a better place. That’s why the world needs more pie." ~ Beth M. Howard
I stumbled into Beth Howard's blog as I was leafing through my Country Living magazine, where she was featured. The title is what caught my eye: The World Needs More Pie. She also has a memoir that is due out in print shortly: Give Piece a Chance. I'd never heard of her or her blog until this morning, but I did feel an immediate bond of sorts with her. I am a pie baker, albeit on a much much smaller scale! And she is right! Pie DOES make people smile. Why IS that?
I think some people are just intimidated by pie making. They think it is something mysterious and best left to the professionals. Nothing can be further from the truth. I think the thing I like most about making pies is not only is it a creative outlet, (a beautiful and delicious home made pie IS a work of art, is it not?) but results are fairly immediate and as Beth says, pies make people smile! Rarely does anyone say, "sorry, I don't do pie", so the chances of having your masterpiece rejected are fairly slim.
So I thought I would put this recipe up today in case anyone wanted to make it for Valentine's Day this week. My friend Jennifer brought a couple of these to our Thanksgiving dinner last year and it was LOVE at first bite! I put one together this afternoon...it's chilling in the fridge right now! Very easy to make and only takes a couple of ingredients.
Makes one pie, 6-8 servings/ prep time: 15 mins. / Ready in 2 hrs.
1 cup JIF Creamy Peanut Butter plus 2 Tbsp (divided)
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 12-oz. container (4 1/2 cups) frozen whipped topping, thawed (divided)
1 prepared chocolate pie crust
1 11.75 oz. Smucker’s Hot Fudge Topping (divided)
1. Beat together 1 cup peanut butter, cream cheese, and sugar in large bowl with an electric mixer on medium until well combined. Gently mix in 3 cups whipped topping until thoroughly combined. Spoon mixture into pie crust. Using a spatula, smooth mixture to edges of pie.
2. Reserve two Tbsp. of hot fudge topping in the corner of a resealable food storage bag; set aside. Microwave remaining topping on high for one minute. Stir. Spread topping over pie, covering entire peanut butter layer. Refrigerate until set. Spread remaining whipped topping (1 1/2 cups) over hot fudge layer, being careful not to mix the two layers.
3. Cut a small corner of bag containing topping. Squeeze bag to drizzle topping over pie. Place remaining 2 Tbsp. peanut butter in a resealable food storage bag. Cut bag corner and squeeze to drizzle in opposite direction from topping. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
So if you want something quick, yummy, and mysterious to serve on Valentine's Day, this would be it. And don't forget to smile!
* Decadent Peanut Butter Pie ©/® The J. M. Smucker Company