Thursday, July 7, 2011
peanut butter pie with pretzel crust and hot fudge.
I think predictability is bleh.
You know, like how chocolate and banana or something sweet and salty has to be good? I think it's boring. I want to try funky crazy stuff. Weird yet surprisingly good combinations. Things that require a little bit of experimentation and imagination. And yet, I made this pie.
No wait. I made this pie... with hot fudge.
I bookmarked it a long time ago, when I first got my Baked cookbooks. It took me so long to make this because of what I lamented about earlier- it's a boring old peanut butter-chocolate combo. I couldn't get myself hyped up enough to make it sooner but I eventually got my butt in the kitchen because I had pretzels and cream cheese to use up.
Those of you who have the Baked Explorations cookbook may be a bit confused- there isn't any peanut butter pie with pretzel crust recipe, but there is a peanut butter pie with chocolate cookie crust one. And you may have noticed a strawberry salad recipe at the back. Basically, I combined the two together and voila! My not-so-original invention! And I didn't use the hot fudge recipe provided, I used the leftovers from my banana "ice-cream", which I still marvel about, by the way.
So here I am, going on and on about how yawn inducing this is, but you know what, this is good. Predictably good, but heavenly all the same. It's the magic of tried-and-tested flavour combinations. I don't have the power to beat that, and I shall not resist.
This pie can be eaten straight out of the freezer, and I made it last long enough to see it progress from a firm creaminess to a soft mousse-like texture. When it reaches that melting ice cream stage, the flavours become more pronounced. The pretzel crust is unlike any crust I've made before. It has the aroma of caramel corn and is sweet yet salty all at once. And when I took a huge chunk of that with some peanut butter mousse and oodles of hot fudge... I don't know what to say anymore. Really, I don't.
I got pretty sad when I only had a few bites left. Ooh, I almost hate myself for loving this so much.
I'm not sharing. Get your own.
Peanut Butter Pie