Friday, June 18, 2010

PieDay Friday: Choco-Peanut Butter and Banana Pie

This week my brother-in-law, Dr. Pie Fiend, and I had lunch together. It wasn't to catch up or just a casual meal, our power lunch had a purpose. We met to discuss pies. Nothing else but pies. He loves to come up with new and interesting pie ideas as much as I love baking them. Not only did he come prepared with a few ideas but he typed them up and made circular graphs to diagram the construction of each pie. If we were both already nerds because of our love of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, then this pie symposium of ours bumped us up to a higher class of nerd; uber-nerds if you will.

 
Now Dr. Pie Fiend has never been one to spend much time in the kitchen. His culinary prowess is relegated to sandwich making and ice cream scooping. During our meeting I convinced him that if he used a semi-homemade approach, that he just might be able to make one of his own creations himself. Reluctantly, he agreed. I took him to a grocery store and helped him pick out a prepared pie shell, instant pudding and other ingredients. At the store I decided that I too was going to prepare one of his creations and we would meet a couple of days later for taste testing.

 
One of  Kevin's pie ideas was for a Chocolate Banana pie, another was for a peanut butter and banana pie, just to name two of many. Being similar, we decided that he would make the Chocolate and Banana pie and I the Peanut Butter and Banana pie. We brought our respective pies to my parents house on Wednesday night and pigged out. Dr. Pie Fiend can be proud of his very first pie because it was delicious. They were both were, everyone agreed.

 
Since I couldn't decide which pie to feature today, I decided to combine the 2 recipes. Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana pie. The combined efforts of my brother-in-law and myself have created this wickedly awesome hybrid pie. Enjoy!

 
Tips:
  • For the dipping chocolate, Kevin used Baker's Dipping Chocolate and it was excellent. Not only was the taste great but you don't have any additional bowls to clean up!
  • The peanut butter pudding recipe is no fail. Follow the directions step by step and you won't go wrong.
  • You can easily leave out the peanut butter chips from the pudding and add an additional tablespoon of vanilla for an out of this world vanilla pudding.

 
Choco-Peanut Butter and Banana Pie

 
Pudding
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 egg yolks
2 1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup peanut butter chips

 
1 chocolate cookie crust
2 bananas, thinly sliced and divided
4oz dipping chocolate
1/3 cup hot fudge
1/3 cup shelled and chopped peanuts, optional

 

 
For pudding: Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. Slowly whisk in egg yolks followed by the milk. Cook over medium heat, whisking continuously until mixture thickens. Once mixture has thickened and comes to a low boil, continue cooking and whisking for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla, butter and peanut butter chips. Stir until butter and peanut butter chips have melted.

 
Allow pudding to cool slightly (3-5 minutes) and pour half of pudding into prepared chocolate cookie crust. Place half of the thinly sliced bananas over pudding, top with remaining pudding. Warm up hot fudge and spread over pie. Sprinkle with peanuts if desired. Dip remaining bananas in dipping chocolate and place decoratively over pie. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

 

 

 

 
Check out Simply Sweet Home...My Pink Lemonade Pie is featured there this week!

23 comments:

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Wow! That looks like the perfect ending to my week! Have a great weekend!

Christine said...

Found you on Fun Follow Friday...I love pie! I will definitely keep coming back :-) Have a great weekend!

Martha said...

Peanut butter and chocolate -- isn't that two of the food groups?

Brandy said...

This sounds delicous! I will be making for sure.

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Diane said...

This pie looks soooo delish. I will be trying this one. Thanks.

Devri said...

Looks like a match made in Heaven! Found you on FFF!

THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

I love your blog. I am now going to have to make the bacon and cheddar biscuits. They look and sound delicious. Thanks so much. You are now going in my favourites.

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Mama Hen said...

Already following! Yummy! I have to try this! Stop by the Hen House when you can!

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lulumusing said...

Omigosh, I love peanut butter and chocolate and with bananas, this just has to be a killer!

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Mystee said...

I'm stopping by from Friendly Friday & am your newest follower.

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Sarah said...

I'm a new follower from Fun Follow Friday.
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Yenta Mary said...

Hi! Found you through the Treehouse, and now following along ... :) That pie looks amazing!

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Melissa said...

Found your blog on Friendly Friday, and am so glad to be a new follower. Looks like I'm in for lots of delicious recipes!! This sounds great.

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heartnsoulcooking said...

You had me at Chocolate!!! I'm a chocolate lover.
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Anonymous said...

Wow! The choco-peanut butter & banana pie was too good! It competes closely with the pink lemonade pie you posted recently. I'm not sure which I like better.

I keep waiting to see you as a guest on Paula Deen (Hint Hint!) or some other Food Network show.

Not only are your recipes tasty, I love your wit. Keep up the good work.

A Pie Lover in Pittsburgh

Pumpkin Tart said...

Pie Lover, you just made this girl's day!

Jerri said...

Another fabulous pie recipe! I've never seen one like this before. Sounds like wondeful combination!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! I hope you're planning to stop by for my cake & pie event on Thursday!

Holly said...

This is like my all time favorite everything in one place. Delicious!

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