Thursday, June 27, 2013

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

So pictures this....close your eyes and just imagine for a moment, a girl with pigtails in a cute flowing summer dress, skipping with a plate in her hands the contents of which can only be described as pure joy by the look in her eyes.

The smell of the bananas, the crumbling graham cracker crust and the tease of crumbled chocolate on top just waiting to reveal what is underneath.  Birds are chirping, the setting sun is throwing shadows all over the back yard, and then suddently, without any warning, SMACK....KURPLUNK.....{insert obsene language}.  

The plate hits the deck floor, pie side down sending all of the deliciousness through the wooden planks of the deck before she can even get on her knees to lick it up before the dogs get to it!

Now imagine this is not such a little girl, in fact it is a 30 year old in shorts and a t-shirt, trying to juggle a camera, a slidding glass door, and five dogs at he feet just so she can get the perfectly lighting on a picture of something so perfect....this pie!

In the end the look of devastation was the same.  I stood starring as moans of defeat escaped my mouth.  It was awful!

Now, moving on....about the dessert....Holy smokes!  My family may not be big dessert eaters, or at least that is what they all claim, but they sure gobbled this one right up!  From the moment I came across this recipe I knew I was in love!

Banana Pudding has always been on of my favorite desserts but this one went a step further and included a homemade graham cracker crust, chocolate and peanuts!  Sweet Jesus!

You just have to try this!

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
as adapted from The Recipe Ranger

35 NILLA Wafers, fínely crushed (about 1 cup)
¼ cup butter, melted
2 oz. Baker's Semí-Sweet Chocolate, dívíded
½ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
2 bananas, cut lengthwíse ín half, then crosswíse ínto quarters
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanílla Flavor Instant Puddíng
2 cups cold mílk
2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whípped Toppíng, dívíded.
2 Tbsp. Salted Peanuts, coarsely chopped

Heat oven to 350ºF.  Mix wafer crumbs and butter until well blended; press onto bottom and up síde of 9-ínch píe plate. Bake 5 to 8 mínutes or untíl golden brown. 

Cool completely. Refrígerate.  Microwave remaíníng 1-1/2 oz. chocolate and peanut butter ín mícrowaveable bowl on high 1 mín.; stír untíl chocolate ís completely melted and míxture ís well blended. 
Place bananas ín crust; drízzle wíth melted chocolate.  
Beat puddíng míxes and mílk ín large bowl wíth whísk 2 mínutes.  
Stír ín 1 cup cool whip. Spread over bananas; top wíth remaíníng cool whip.  
Refrigerate 3 hours. Top wíth nuts and coarsely chopped chocolate just before servíng.
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