The King—otherwise known as Elvis Presley—was known for his swiveling hips, his dreamboat eyes, his smooth crooning, his ridiculous sequined jumpsuits, and his eccentric palate. One of his favorite snacks was a grilled peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich, which to some might sound obscene, to others obscenely delicious. This peanut butter pie recipe marries the sweet, smoky, salty, nutty flavors of Elvis’s favorite sandwich in a rich, gooey, messy cream pie. Fresh banana pudding topped with peanut butter whipped cream in a peanut butter cookie-bacon crust. Need I say more? You probably only need to eat this once in a lifetime, as you’ll never forget it.–Allison Kave
LC Peanut Butter Cookie Brilliance Note
Forgive us, Elvis, but you’re taking the backseat to a different sort of brilliance in this note. Take a peek, dear reader, at the peanut butter cookie crust in the recipe below. There’s some brilliance lurking there. Two types of brilliance, actually. One is the notion of using crushed peanut butter cookies for the pie crust in lieu of a graham cracker crust. The other moment of monumental incredibleness is the act of sneaking bacon (bacon!) into that peanut butter cookie crust. The saltiness and smokiness counter the sweetness in a way that makes our knees wobble. If this just isn’t your thing, omit the pig. But don’t say we didn’t try to tempt you.
Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 45 M
- 2 H, 30 M
- Makes one 9-inch pie
- For the peanut butter cookie crust
- 4 strips bacon (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter cookie crumbs (from 10 to 15 crushed peanut butter cookies, whether you like crisp peanut butter cookies or chewy peanut butter cookies)
- 3 to 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or bacon drippings, or a combination
- For the banana filling
- 3 cups whole milk
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 large egg yolks, lightly whisked together
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 medium-size ripe bananas
- For the whipped cream topping
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped (optional)
- Make the peanut butter cookie crust
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- 2. If using the bacon, arrange it on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake until it’s super crisp but not burned, anywhere from 20 minutes to 50 minutes, depending on how thickly sliced the bacon. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain. Keep the oven on. When the bacon is cool enough to handle, toss it in a food processor and pulse until it’s finely chopped.
- 3. Toss the cookies in the food processor, along with the bacon, if using, and pulse until you’ve got fine crumbs. Turn the crumbs into a bowl and add the butter or bacon drippings and mix until the crumbs are the consistency of wet sand. Firmly press the mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and refrigerate the crust until firm.
- 4. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes. Place the pie plate on a wire rack and let cool completely.
- Make the banana filling
- 5. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice water.
- 6. In a large saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking constantly, but do not let it boil, for 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
- 7. Whisk a ladleful of the hot milk mixture into a bowl with the lightly beaten egg yolks. Add another ladleful of milk, whisking constantly, then pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan of hot milk, still whisking constantly. Place the pan over medium-high heat and cook, whisking steadily, until the custard is thick and you see small bubbles breaking the surface, about 3 minutes.
- 8. Remove the pan from the heat, whisk in the vanilla, and place the pan in the ice bath. Stir the custard occasionally until it’s fully cooled. (The custard can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 1 day if covered tightly with plastic wrap. Make sure to press the plastic wrap against the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming.)
- 9. Slice the bananas—either lengthwise into elegant strips or crosswise into circles, whichever you prefer—and arrange a single layer of bananas in the pie crust. Cover them with half the pudding, then repeat with the remaining banana slices and pudding.
- Make the whipped cream topping
- 10. Using a stand mixer, a hand mixer, or a whisk, whip the cream, confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
- Assemble the peanut butter pie
- 11. Pile the whipped cream topping onto the pie filling and top it with the chopped nuts, if using. Slice and, if desired, swivel your hips just before serving or just after indulging.
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Peanut Butter Pie Recipe © 2014 Allison Kave. Photo © 2014 Tina Rupp. All rights reserved.
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