Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Frozen Nutella-Peanut Butter Pie with Oreo Crust

This week's theme is baking, thought I feel like I'm kinda sorta cheating by doing a recipe that doesn't have a whole lot of literal baking in it.  On the other hand, it's pie, and how can making a pie be anything but baking? This recipe is from Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts by way of http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/2011/04/frozen-chocolate-peanut-butter-pie.html. I used chocolate filled oreos for the crust, if that makes a difference to you, and added the nutella.

2 cups, oreo cookie crumbs (slightly less than 2/3 of a package, pulsed in a food processor)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt

6 oz. cream cheese, at room temp.
¾ cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup nutella
¾ cup peanut butter (regular-ass smooth peanut butter)
1 tablespoon vanilla extact
2 cups heavy cream

3 tbsp. nutella
3 tbsp peanut butter
8 mini reeses cups
2.25 oz. chopped hazelnuts.

For the crust:

Whiz the oreos in a food processor until you have a fairly fine consistency, then dump in a bowl. Add the sugar and salt, and mix. Pour over the melted butter, mix, and spread the mixture in a buttered 9.5” pie pan. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the crust for about 15 minutes. Let cool.

For the filling:

Using a mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and salt for 2 minutes, until fluffy. Add the peanut butter, nutella, and vanilla. Mix to combine. Place mixture in a bowl, and clean out your mixing bowl. Switch to the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream to the newly cleaned bowl, and whip until you have soft peaks. Transfer 1/3 of the whipped cream to the pb & nutella mixture, and mix well.  Gently fold in the remaining 2/3 of the whipped cream. Transfer the filling to the cooled crust, and freeze.

For the garnish:

In a microwave, carefully melt the nutella in 30 second bursts on medium. Transfer to a plastic bag, and snip of the corner. Drizzle over the pie. This parts a pain in the ass, due to melted chocolate being the worst substance in the world to work with, but do your best. Repeat with peanut butter, which is thankfully much easier to work with. Chop the Reese’s in half, and place around the outside. Sprinkle on chopped hazelnuts. Let stand for 10 minutes.


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