Hey everyone! Great news, the blog has now reached 4,000 views and is growing every day. I get so excited every time I log on and see that more people have checked out the recipes – feel free to request a recipe for one of your favourite treats too and I’ll try and do a post on it! To celebrate 4,000 views, today I’m going to share another pie recipe. This is my take on a Chocolate Peanut Pie. I warn you now, this is NOT healthy and although it doesn’t seem too heavy when you eat it, it does have a lot of sweet in each bite so maybe not something to indulge on after a massive chipper or a big night out. It makes a lovely alternative birthday treat for someone who likes peanut butter though. I have seen a lot of recipes like this in books and online which use double cream and double chocolate chip cookies as well as a chocolate topping so have tried to make this one a tiny bit healthier.
Right, you need:
400g bought cookies
250ml fresh cream
100g butter (melted)
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
3 medium sized snickers bars (or peanut chocolate bars)
1 can condensed milk
1 tsp icing sugar
50g light brown sugar
2 tsbp golden syrup
handful of salted peanuts
chocolate shavings (see below)
Right, this one has stages so be ready. Firstly, you need to bash and smash up your cookies. If you have a food processor, now is the time to get it out and put it to good use as it’ll grind the cookies into really tiny crumbs which is perfect.
If, like me, however you are living in a (student) house which lacks certain kitchen tools then you need to find a really clean table cloth. Lay your tea towel down flat on a clean counter top and spread some of the biscuits onto half of it. Fold the other side of the tea towel over and kind of tuck in the edges – you don’t want biscuits spilling out everywhere. Get yourself a rolling pin and start banging the tea towel over and over and over again until all the biscuits are broken down into little crumbs. Repeat this until all your biscuits are done, then tip your crumbs into a bowl. Doing it with the wooden spoon means you probably won’t get every bit of biscuit into a tiny crumb but just do your best.
Once you’ve this done, get your melted butter and pour it over your crumbs and mix. This is your base. Find whatever nice pie dish you want to use (making sure it has good sides to it) and tip the crumbs in. Flatten out the base using the back of a spoon and make sure it’s good and tightly pressed down and into the sides of your dish. Place this in the fridge for 40 minutes to cool.
While your base is in the fridge, you can make your topping. This is a bit made up so bear with it. Chop up three of your peanut butter chocolate bars and put them into a saucepan. Add a splash of cream – about a tablespoon, and heat on a very low setting. You want to melt the chocolate bars down but do NOT want the chocolate to burn. The cream is used here to loosen the chocolate up in the saucepan. You will need to add about another 2 tablespoons of cream to the saucepan while it is melting down. Once you’ve got your melted chocolate bars, open your can of condensed milk and add half of it, mixing all of the time. It should look thick and delicious! You can add a handful of salted peanuts here if you like as well as adding 2 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter. (Feel free to add a little more if you want a stronger flavour). Leave to cool for a few minutes.
Go back to your fridge and take out your base again. Pour in your chocolate bar melted mix and spread across your pie base. Return this to the fridge again to cool a bit more. While this is cooling, tip the rest of your cream into a bowl along with a teaspoon of icing sugar (for extra sweetness, this can be left out if you like). Whip this until thick. Get out another of your peanut butter chocolate bars and chop it unto smallish pieces. Add this to your whipped cream and mix again.
Take your base back out of the fridge and spoon your whipped cream on top. Don’t worry if you think it looks a bit messy, you’re going to cover that up in a minute! Place it back in the fridge again.
Now, get out a saucepan and add the rest of your can of condensed milk, a bit of salt, your light brown sugar, butter and syrup to it. Heat this on a low heat until everything has melted and combined, becoming smooth and thick. Grab an extra handful of those salted peanuts and mix in. Allow this caramel mixture to cool for a little while in the pot but do not let it set. Take out your pie again and drizzle your caramel all over the top. Add as much or as little as you want. Finally, get yourself some dark chocolate and using a vegetable peeler, peel of little strips of chocolate to sprinkle on top – you’ve finished!
Find someone to help you with the washing up and enjoy this lovely pie with a glass of skimmed milk. Definitely store this one in the fridge and for the love of goodness, try find someone to eat it with you..maybe your sweetie pie?