Peanut butter makes for a lousy cake. At least that's been my experience to date. It's fantastic as a frosting or filling but in the actual batter, it tends to make the consistency crumbly. That's never a good thing.
Bearing this in mind, I threw convention to the wind for my brother's birthday. That man's palette is hard to peg; he's surprised me more than once with his commentary on desserts. There is one thing I know to be true and I have relied on heavily on this fact: his love for peanut butter.
Sorry traditional cake... not this day! Or should I say, not this birthday! This Peanut Butter Mousse Pie won the spotlight this year. It's from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, one of my favorite cook-books for sweet treats. This pie don't play.
For starters, the crust consists of smashed chocolate waffers mixed with butter. Yes, cookies are built in! There's a thin coat of chocolate ganache spread on top to ensure that the filling doesn't moisten the crust. The filling is a sinful mousse comprised of creamy peanut butter, dark brown sugar, whipped cream, and cream cheese. I feel heavier just typing that list. As if all this isn't trouble enough, the fellas of Baked go hard and add a thick, luscious hot fudge topping. These elements combined make for a sincerely awesome pie. Not too heavy... smooth and balanced.
This pie was a hit. The birthday boy and the rest of the family gave high praise; it's in the husband's Top Five of Squirrel's and Sweets. That should tell you something since he gets to taste everything that I bake!
Happy birthday again Joey! You are loved!