Wednesday, April 8, 2009

YWPWT: Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous Pie

For April's Pies With That Challenge the theme is Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous chosen by two love ladies, Natashya from Living in the Kitchen with Puppies and Jacque from Daisy Lane Cakes:

We’ve watched their movies, gone to their concerts, read about them in the history books. Now’s our chance to bake them a pie.
Presenting, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” Pie.
That’s right, you get to go all out in the kitchen this month, making a special pie based on someone famous. Or you can pretend you’re making it for them (it’s always nice to have a pie idea at the ready, just in case Brad Pitt decides to drop by, you know.) Your famous person can be a celebrity, movie star, rock star or group, sports star, or even historical figure. Basically, anyone who’s had more than just 15 minutes of fame.
A few examples of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous pie might be:
Madonna, Put Some Pants On Pie
Trump Needs a New Hairdresser Pie
George Clooney Moussey Pie
Bogie and Bacall We'll Always Have Paris Pie
Have fun and we can’t wait to see what you come up with.

I had some trouble coming up with something for this one and after much thought I finally settled on something old school. Everyone knows that Elvis' favorite sandwich is peanut butter and banana. Peanut butter and banana is also one of my favorite combinations so what better time to turn it into a pie. I made a couple small, individual pies, but wrote the recipe for one standard 9" pie.

Elvis' Falling in Love with Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

Single Pie Crust - I used my go to recipe and just froze what I didn't use
2 3/4 cups chilled whipping cream, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter chips
2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter - not the all natural kind or freshly ground
3 Tbsp sugar
2-3 bananas - cut into 1/4" slices

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Roll out crust for a 9" pie plate. Lay in plate, prick holes all over with a fork. Line crust with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans or rice. Bake for 20 minutes covered. Then remove foil weights and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown (I could have baked my mini pies a bit longer to get the crust more golden)
2. Remove crust from oven and let cool completely (for a couple hours).
3. Using a double boiler melt peanut butter chips with 3/4 cup of heavy cream, stirring the whole time. Once melted, remover from heat and whisk in vanilla and peanut butter. Let cool until just lukewarm.
4. Beat 1 cup of cream with 2 Tbsp of sugar until just before stiff peaks form. Carefully fold in peanut butter mixture in 3 additions.
5. Spread 1/2 of the peanut butter mousse into the cooled pie plate. Top with a layer of sliced bananas. Top with remaining peanut butter mousse and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
6. Just before serving beat 1 cup of heavy cream with 1 Tbsp sugar and a drop of banana creme flavoring. Beat until stiff. Spread on top of pie, leaving some of the peanut butter mousse exposed. Top with a few more banana slices.

I was nervous that the peanut butter flavor would overpower the banana flavor, which is why I added the banana flavoring to the whipped cream. It was actually all very subtle, smooth and delicious, which is how I cam up with the title. Elvis' (Can't Help) Falling in Love with You is such a smooth song that it fit perfectly with this pie that after one bite, you can't help but fall in love with. It initially tastes just like a banana creme pie and finishes with a great peanut butter flavor. Overall this one is a winner and one I will make again.

Head on over to You Want Pies With That after April 8 to see what the other ladies came up with.



suz said...

What a beautiful pie and great idea!!!! If I could eat peanut butter, I'd definitely eat that :)

Tania said...

This looks great...might almost get me to eat a banana!!!


Natashya said...

I love it! Good old Elvis, always rises to the occasion. :)

Jacque said...

Mmmm, I think Elvis would have loved it! It sounds wonderful :)

Sara said...

Yum, looks so good! Great Elvis-themed pie. :)

Mary said...

Yummy! I'm sure the King would love a slice.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great! I am sure Elvis would have devoured it.

Justine said...

Mmmm! Elvis would sure be proud : )