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Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey

August 12, 2011


And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years 

~Abraham Lincoln

I came across a blog post a couple of nights ago that made me cry….that made me realize that so often we take our loved ones for granted….until they are no longer there. That there is no certainty to life and that life is, indeed, very fragile.

Jennifer Perillo, a fellow food blogger and tweeter , food editor and mom to two gorgeous girls, suddenly lost her beloved husband just a few short days ago. I felt an instant bond with Jennifer from In Jennie’s Kitchen and her girls because I lost my dad suddenly when I was just bigger than a toddler and he was a mere 36 years old. I don’t remember the wonderful man that he was. I only know him from photographs and the stories my mother and uncle would tell us. My amazing mother was both father and mother to my four siblings and myself.  I look back on my own married life and gaze at my hubby of 33 years and I realize how blessed I truly am….how blessed my little grandsons are that they still have their Papa to spend special times with. We need to treasure those times more, spend more time appreciating and valueing what we have been blessed with, not taking for granted that tomorrow will come. Two years ago that wake-up call came for us when my hubby was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident while on his way to work. Albeit held together in some parts with metal…we are so blessed to have him with us still….and rejoice in his life.

Jennie posted a recipe for this fabulous creamy peanut butter pie. You guessed it….it was Mikey’s favourite pie. And Jennie kept telling herself “Tomorrow. I will make it for him tomorrow” Sometimes, tomorrow doesn’t come. To honour her request that we make the pie for Mikey and celebrate his life today, to stand in solidarity and support for a grieving fellow blogger, woman and mother….here is my rendition of the pie for Mikey….

Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey

original recipe from Jennifer Perillo


Serves 10 to 12


250g chocolate cookies – I used the dark oreos

120g butter, melted

120g finely chopped dark chocolate (I used a 62% Madecasse chocolate)

75ml finely chopped roasted salted peanuts

250ml Fresh Cream

250g Cream Cheese

250ml creamy-style peanut butter

250ml Icing sugar

397g can sweetened condensed milk

5ml vanilla extract

1/2 Lemon – juice only

Pulse or bash the cookies into fine crumbs.  Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl, and stir with a fork to mix well.  Press mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a 23cm springform pan. 

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.  Pour 3/4’s of it over the base of cookie crust and spread to the edges using an off-set spatula.  Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the melted chocolate. Place pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Pour the cream into a bowl and beat using a stand mixer or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.  Transfer to a small bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to use. 

Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the icing sugar.  Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and beat until all the ingredients are combined and filling is smooth and creamy.

Stir 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture (helps lighten the batter, making it easier to fold in the remaining whipped cream).  Fold in the remaining whipped cream.  Pour the filling into the prepared springform pan. 

Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate on top (optional) and refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving.


The only tip that I have is that I would probably freeze this pie for about half an hour before cutting it…It is perfect in every other way 🙂

Here’s to you Jennie, your lovely girls, and your Mikey…..this evening we are going out to celebrate my hubby Don’s upcoming 60th birthday and we will raise a glass to you!

Have a good weekend everyone, love your loved ones! Cold and rainy weather has descended on Cape Town garden is happy to get some rain water!


browniegirl xx

29 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2011 3:21 PM

    life is short! What a lovely post for a friend – you are a true and dear and darling friend xxx

    • August 12, 2011 10:50 PM

      Thank you Tandy. This really brings home how fragile and mortal we really are….xxx

  2. August 12, 2011 3:28 PM

    Lovely post. I hope he has partaken of all of the pies made in his homour.

    Here’s hoping the rain does the necessary for Cape Town

    • August 12, 2011 10:52 PM

      Thank you Mel. There are thousands of pies being made across the globe for Mikey and his Jennie and girls. We are having some lovely gentle rain xx

    • August 12, 2011 10:52 PM

      Thank you sidey. There are thousands of pies being made across the globe for Mikey and his Jennie and girls. We are having some lovely gentle rain xx

  3. August 12, 2011 3:35 PM

    Beautifully written for your friend and a reminder for us all Colleen.
    Have a happy weekend and enjoy the celebrations for your hubby’s 60th.
    🙂 Mandy

    PS. The quote at the bottom of my email signature – “Carpe Diem” – Horace

    • August 12, 2011 10:53 PM

      Carpe Diem indeed Mandy….thank you so much. had a wonderful evening of celebrating and remembered to raise a glass for Mikey. xx

  4. August 12, 2011 5:11 PM

    One word: Moved… xxx

    • August 12, 2011 10:54 PM

      For sure Claire, this moved me so much. Hugs to you xx

  5. August 12, 2011 5:13 PM

    What a wonderful post! So many truths shared about the time we often take for granted.

    • August 12, 2011 11:18 PM

      Very true patsyk. We all take our loved ones for granted. Thank you so much xx

  6. August 12, 2011 8:23 PM

    An excellent post, Colleen and a great wake-up call – seize the day and hug your loved ones. That pie looks amazing!

    • August 12, 2011 11:19 PM

      Thank you Debsie, sending you warm hugs. We all need to do this regularly! xx

  7. August 12, 2011 11:18 PM

    Beautiful and thoughtful post Colleen, the pie sounds and looks amazing!

    • August 13, 2011 12:03 AM

      Thank you so much Fritz. The pie is indeed amazing. So glad that I have lots of loved ones to share it with…xx

  8. August 13, 2011 7:52 AM

    Big tears in my eyes. What a beautiful post. I will most def make this delicious pie over the weekend. Thank you for sharing this touching post. Xxx

    • August 13, 2011 12:27 PM

      Thank you Anna. My heart aches for Jennie and her little girls. There has been such an outpouring of love and support in the blogging community across the globe for them all. The internet is awash with peanut butter pies of every kind 😉 xxx

  9. August 13, 2011 10:08 AM

    wow that looks AMAZING 🙂

  10. pinkpolkadotfood permalink
    August 13, 2011 12:29 PM

    So sad! A beautiful post,Colley! I have never made a peanut butter pie before, but will definitely try this one, once the girls are home again!

    • August 13, 2011 12:33 PM

      Very sad Polkie….thanks so much for the comment. It was my first peanut butter pie as well. It is delicious! I think for ease of cutting though next time I would crumble a flake over the top….hmmmm I will have NO resistence at all then 🙂 Hugs to you xxxx

  11. August 14, 2011 11:48 AM

    What a beautiful post, my darling blogMamma – and wow, look at those photos!! Jennifer’s story was really touching and a reminder that we don’t always have the limitless time together that we like to think we have. Seize the day… (oh, and FedEx me some of that pie please!!)

    • August 14, 2011 12:02 PM

      Thank you Jeanne, yes indeed a very chilling reminder that we must not put off till tomorrow what we want to do, or should do, today! Hence there is Melkkos in my plans for later today hehe. Sowweeeee, the pie is ummm….. how to delicately put this……just crumbs and smudges on the plate now. The family loved it!! Oh actually, Don has just cleaned the kitchen so the crumbs and smudges are even gone haha!! Hugs and love from us both xx

  12. August 15, 2011 3:37 PM

    heartfelt condolence to jennie. The pie looks great. Love your post

    • August 28, 2011 9:48 PM

      Thank you so much for visiting and your comment. Much appreciated xx


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