Peanut Butter Surprise Pie

I love when something completely frustrating ends up turning into something magical. For a couple weeks now I have been trying to make the strawberry pie I made last summer (very tasty) but I just can’t seem to get it together enough to complete a crust and a filling in one day. At last I had accomplished getting the crust made but to my dismay (A) I didn’t have enough time for the pie to set up before the event I wanted to take it to and (B) it turned out badly, the sides where all sunken, the middle had puffed up, it was a mess,

Frustrated I gave up on the whole thing and the next day started searching for something to fill my sad looking crust that wasn’t going to involve me buying any additional ingredients. This is the result, it’s a basic custard, I didn’t follow the reciepe I looked at because it was super stingy with the peanut butter and it didn’t use yogurt which I think needs to be included in all pudding based pies. Because I thought it looked kind of bland and I LOVE bananas with peanut butter on them I decided it needed a layer of those as well. Feel free to adjust the amount of peanut butter to your liking and you can use whatever type of crust your heart desires. I would suggest letting the filling cool down significantly so that you don’t deal with a soggy crust.

In my “Tool Box”

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  • Mix N Masher – the bottom is angled so that it can easily slice through things like potatoes or other mashable food and I love it for it’s mixing powers as well. I use it when making gravies or any time that I have to be constantly stirring something. I did “cheat” on it a little with my new silicon whisk because I wanted to try it out and it also performed admirably.

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  • Simple Slicer – Even with something as soft as a banna this baby worked like a charm and on got thin even pieces of nanner.

Peanut Butter Surprise Pie

For Pie Filling:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 banana thinly sliced

Baked pie shell

Topping

  • 1 cup cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, roasted

Combine egg yolks, salt milk, and yogurt in a saucepan and cook over low, medium/low heat, stirring until warm. Combine sugar and flour, gradually add to milk mixture, stirring constantly until thickened. Increase heat and boil 1 minute until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and peanut butter. Let cool slightly.

Spread a layer of filling into cooled pie shell. Top with a layer of sliced bananas and spread the rest of the filling over the top. Chill thoroughly. Garnish with whipped cream and roasted peanuts if desired

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