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Old 01-17-2014, 06:22 AM   #21
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Andy, Peanut Butter Pie is ubiquitous down here. Even fine dining establishments serve it. The cool whip version recipes are not nearly as good as the ones with whipping cream.

A friend of mine is the Exec Chef at one of those fine dining places, and he gave me the recipe they use, but I had to scale it down (his recipe made 4 pies). I added the light bake on the crust, something I found from the version in Dorie Greenspan's Baking. The drizzle on top is also mine. The original version had a layer of very loose chocolate ganache on top. But you have to keep it loose, or it will be hard as a rock when you freeze it.

The pie itself is very simple and quick to make. BTW, Cool Whip is sweetened - without it, you have to add sugar.

Peanut Butter Pie

Take this out of the freezer for about a half hour before serving for a creamy summer treat!

12 oz cream cheese
12 oz sugar
12 oz peanut butter - crunchy
24 each Oreo cookies
5 tbsp melted butter
1½ cups heavy cream
4 tsp vanilla
¼ cup chocolate ganache
¼ cup peanut butter ganache

1 Crush the Oreos in the food processor.
2 Mix the cookies with the melted butter in a bowl.
3 Press evenly into the bottom of a 9" springform pan. Press it up the sides about 2 inches.
4 Freeze for 10 minutes.
5 Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
6 Cream the sugar and the cream cheese in the mixer with a paddle attachment until fluffy.
7 Add the peanut butter.
8 In a large bowl, whip cream with the vanilla until stiff peaks form.
9 Fold together the peanut butter mixture & the whipped cream.
10 Pour the mousse into the cooled shell.
11 Freeze several hours or overnight.
12 Remove the sides from the springform pan.
13 Drizzle the chocolate & peanut butter ganaches over the top in a decorative pattern.
14 Return to freezer until serving time.
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:30 AM   #22
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I'm with you on the cool whip!

I will say I've eaten this pie a number of times and you can't taste the cool whip, but I know it's there!

I'm going to tuck away SilverSage's recipe! I've been wanting to make peanut butter pie, but have been too distracted to find a non cool whip version, now I have!

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Old 01-17-2014, 07:34 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
I despise Cool Whip and won't use it. That's why I want to know if I can substitute for it.
Substitue by using stabilized whipped cream. Here's a link: http://www.joepastry.com/2011/making-stabilized-whipped-cream/

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Old 01-17-2014, 08:19 AM   #24
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I would just use a different recipe that doesn't use Cook Whip instead of trying to substitute. SO's sister might love that recipe, but she might change her mind if she tastes one made from real ingredients. The one you mentioned seems just to be for convenience.

Having said that, I love Cool Whip, although the only time I have it around is for pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:50 AM   #25
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WOW! Thanks everyone. You've been a lot of help! Great ideas.
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:01 AM   #26
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Had to wait for everyone who has had Peanut Butter Pie to wake up!

I'm trying Silversage's recipe...
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:11 AM   #27
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Silversage that is a beautiful pie!
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:44 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by Steve Kroll View Post
Andy, I would take a lesson from Tiramisu and replace the Cool Whip with a mixture of whipped cream and mascarpone. Whip the cream and fold in the mascarpone. I guarantee it won't break.

Edit: in fact, here is a recipe that does just that...
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie for Pi Day - SugarHero!

That's what I was thinking, too!
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:54 AM   #29
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You're the boss in your kitchen. Do it the way you like.
Stabilize the whipped cream with gelatin and a little water and it should be OK. Maybe you can do a test run before she arrives.
Here's what I would do: Mix 1 tsp gelatin w/ 4 tsp cold water; let stand until softened, over low heat, stir until gelatin dissolves.
Allow to cool but not set.
Whip the cream (1 cup) w/powdered sugar until thickened. Slowly beat in cooled gelatin. Continue
beating until desired thickness.
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