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T&A PEANUT BUTTER PIE

I call it the, “T&A” Peanut Butter Pie because T stands for Terry and A for Aimee. We have two different versions. Well, not versions. Terry likes his plain. Just a peanut butter pie. Me? I’m a child of the 80s. “You put your chocolate in my peanut butter! You put your peanut butter in my chocolate!” Remember those commercials? Other than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I just don’t think peanut butter was intended to be enjoyed without chocolate. So I like a ganache or chocolate drizzle on top of my pie; Terry likes his plain. Uncompromised. If he’s living on the edge, he’ll ask for homemade whipped cream, on top.

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HOW TO MAKE IT

Okay. Let’s talk about the old fashioned kind of pie; the one where you dump a carton of frozen, whipped topping in your pie. Stop doing that. There is a time to be lazy and there is a time to use real, heavy whipping cream. This pie is too simple for lazy. Besides. Do you know what’s in frozen whipped topping? A bunch of crap. Google it. It’s gross.

So, I beat 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream with 1 teaspoon vanilla and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together 1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, 1 1/4 cups peanut butter. (I use creamy but there’s no reason why you couldn’t use crunchy, if you want the texture). To that I add 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons brown sugar. (I didn’t want the full 3/4 cup of brown sugar. It doesn’t need too much, so I eyeball that extra amount). To the peanut butter, add another heaping teaspoon of vanilla. This is imperative - use good vanilla. Mexican vanilla is my favorite and if I can’t find it in a mercado, I order it online. It truly makes a difference. Y’all have heard me say that for years, and I’ll keep saying it. Now, add about 1/2 cup of heavy cream (not whipped) to this mixture which helps thin out the thickness of the other ingredients, then mix together. Slowly add in the whipped cream mixture in increments, then pour mixture into your pie crust. Refrigerate for about 3-4 hours or overnight.

Decide whether or not you want to top it with chocolate (yes, yes you do) or eat it plain.