Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

by kitchenarian on August 12, 2011

Today I tried to work; I really did. I was successful for most of the morning, but I kept getting distracted. I couldn’t concentrate. I knew that there were hundreds, even thousands, of people in their kitchen making pie today. Making a chocolate peanut butter pie for someone that most of us have never met, and sadly won’t have the opportunity.

Jennifer Perillo, a fellow food blogger, had to say good-bye to her husband this week. I’ve never met Jennifer, but in this crazy little food blogging community, when a wave of sadness overcomes someone, we all feel the ripple. As people express their pain and their joy through their blog, or even on twitter, we all weep and laugh for one other.

My heart goes out to Jennifer and her two children.  I pray for them and today, I make pie.  Jennifer asked that people make her husband’s favorite pie today – peanut butter and chocolate.  So this pie is for you Mikey.

This evening I will set aside all projects and distractions and spend time with my family. Life is fragile and not one moment should ever be wasted. I hope I can learn that lesson and remember it every day.

This is a crustless pie served in individual pie dishes. The bottom layer is chocolate pudding and the top layer is peanut butter cream topped with my favorite, a Reese’s peanut butter cup. I adapted a peanut butter pie recipe that I got from my mom years ago.

Ingredients:

4 ounces cream cheese
½ cup peanut butter
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
½ cup cool whipped topping
1 package chocolate instant pudding
1 ¾ cup whole milk
4 Reese’s peanut butter cups

Add cream cheese and peanut butter to a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until fluffy and light. Add confectioner’s sugar and mix well. Set aside. Mix chocolate pudding with cold milk and whisk vigorously. Pour into four individual pie dishes or ramekins. Add cool whipped topping to peanut butter mixture and fold in by hand stirring until well blended. Spoon onto top of pudding and spread until top is covered. Add one Reese’s peanut butter cup to each serving. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until ready to serve. Makes four individual servings.

 

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Emily @ Life on Food August 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Lovely! You said the lesson marvelously.

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Ann August 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

A beautiful post – I made a pie as well. Go hug your family. Hubby has been following this with me and we’ve been hugging all day…

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Christine August 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm

So sorry to hear about Jennifer’s husband… sad.

Your pie looks wonderful!

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Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini August 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

This was such a sad day, but it made my heart smile to see so many supporting Jennifer and honoring Mikey. These are lovely.

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 12, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Your pie turned out wonderful! Glad that you got to make one. Very well written post!

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Barefeet In The Kitchen August 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm

My boys and I made a pie this morning as well. Praying peace and comfort for Jennie and her family.

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Kelly August 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm

What a beautiful tribute, I felt the same way while sitting at work today. I so badly wanted to go home and bake something for Jennie and her family. My heart goes out to all of them!

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm

It’s beautiful, I’m glad you got to make one! I have not had a chance but am considering spending the rest of the evening in the kitchen coming up with some kind of PB pie. I’m so amazed by the support that is being poured out. Amazing!

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Kate@Diethood.com August 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm

My heart goes out to her and the family … I did not get to the pie, I will do it this weekend, but I did get to hug and kiss my loved ones today thinking of Jennifer.

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yummychunklet August 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

What a wonderful tribute. Lovely post.

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Vicki @ WITK August 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I was so happy to see all of the wonderful peanut butter pies posts today. What a great community we food bloggers have. Excellent post and lovely pies.

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kankana August 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I am so proud of this community and the support we provide to each other. I am reading all the posts on the pie and i am weeping and hoping .. deeply hoping that Jennifer can feel better soon.. although it’s going to be so tough!

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Baking Serendipity August 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm

This looks fantastic! I love the Reese cup in the middle…it’s the perfect touch. I hope you had a wonderful evening with your family :)

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Tres Delicious August 13, 2011 at 8:10 am

Thanks for sharing. It’s actually a great work of creativity. It looks enticing.

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Tiffany August 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Thank you for sharing this deliciously decadent pie… AND for supporting Jennifer.

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Fresh and Foodie August 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Beautiful. My heart goes out to her.

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Kim Bee August 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Such a tragedy. You did great job in tribute here.

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Val August 14, 2011 at 3:21 am

That looks like a beautiful and sweet way to pay respects to Jennifer’s husband.

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Liz August 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Your version looks fabulous…such a beautiful tribute from the blogger world.

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